This Saturday in live music: Samurai Shotgun Album Release Party, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra + more

A look at some concerts happening this Sat., March 19.

click to enlarge Samurai Shotgun - Christy Marie
Christy Marie
Samurai Shotgun

It's a fatty-stacked night of concerts happening on this Sat., March 19. Take a look at the breakdown below.

Samurai Shotgun Album Release Party Afro punk, experimental hip hop, prog hop, rock hop, post hip-hop – whatever genre descriptor you care to attach to Samurai Shotgun, their howling and seething sounds are dynamic, stimulating and definitely worth your attention. The quintet – vocalist/emcee Mateo Henley, guitarist Tyler Mulder, bassist Bryant Harp, drummer Jovan Lecaro, and turntablist/keysman Marquis Blocker aka DJ Qeys – Has finally completed a new record, Riptide, and celebrates its release with this party featuring support from a mix of rock and hip hop talents – Bangarang, Queen of Ex, Rising Down, Mighty Jai, Rude 100 AND Wally Clark. RIYL: Death Grips, TV on the Radio, N.E.R.D. (Crowbar, Ybor City)–Leilani Polk

Cannibal Corpse with Abysmal Dawn, Cryptopsy Dealing in homicide, suicide, rape, torture, disease and death since forming nearly three decades ago, godfathers of death metal Cannibal Corpse pair grizzly riffs and hammering drums with a thick layer of gory lyricism. As one of the most legendary voices in death metal, George “Corpsegrinder” Fischer puts the knife in the band’s performances, capable of belting out the stuff of nightmares (“…disease has spread, you pray for death, evisceration plague”) with forceful conviction. (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City) –Justin Croteau

Green Frog Moon Festival Nonprofit preservation and education organization Sacred Lands – which is based on a plot of land once inhabited by the Tocobaga Indians and strives to spread awareness about the native populace and the plight of indigenous peoples as a whole – presents one of its biggest fundraisers of the year, a two-day (Saturday-Sunday) event that features live entertainment (native flute play, Celtic drumming, didgeridoo performances by with M.C. Chante Ishta), food, arts and crafts vendors, and a silent auction. Admission is $5. (Sacred Lands, St. Petersburg)–LP

Rock Brothers Presents Michael Tolcher You might know Atlanta area AC-pop, blues and grooves singer-songwriter Michael Tolcher for his track “Sooner or Later” – it was tapped as the theme song for ABC's short-lived teen drama series Life As We Know It. Second full-length Eleven dropped last April, features 11 tracks, and stands as his first new LP since dropping his debut 11 years ago. He’s welcomed to town as part of Rock Brothers’ concert series for two performances; an exclusive private event at the Blind Tiger Cafe in Ybor City and a public listening room-style concert on this night. VIP passes ($35) include access to both. (Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)–LP

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Hailing from New Zealand, this zany 12-member coed ensemble is about more than just the teeny trendy stringed instruments — the group is focused on a reliably entertaining performance that showcases its vocal harmonies and comedic chops as well as those inimitable (and, it seems, currently ubiquitous) plucky, strummy uke sounds. (Palladium Theater at SPC, St. Petersburg) –Scott Harrell

26th Annual Country in the Park with Crystal Gayle & more The 26th edition of the country music throwdown features a headliner in Crystal Gayle, younger sister to Loretta Lynn but a fine-tuned talent in her own right with 25 albums to her credit and a Grammy win for signature tune, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Also performing: Jimmy Bush and Will Yancy, Bay Bluegrass, Clemons Road and Pirate Flag; food, arts and crafts booths, and a carnival that opens on Thursday night round out the day’s offerings. (England Brothers Park and Band Shell, Pinellas Park)–LP

Florida Ska Events Presents: Ska Spring Fling with Monty Montgomery feat. Control This!, The New Rulers This ain’t your average punked-out Third-Wave ska show. Native Jamaican Montgomery helped shape the First-Wave sounds that blended reggae and rocksteady while attending school in London, and helped found the legendary band/collective Symarip, which morphed into The Pyramids and scored several hits with the word “skinhead” in the title, back before the culture was inextricably intertwined with white supremacy. Tonight he’s backed by Control This!, a Central Florida outfit featuring former Toasters sax man Jeff Richey and a love for the original, swaying, eclectic ska/rocksteady sound. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) —SH

Spring Beer Fling with Rusted Root & more An expansive beer festival repping lots of locals in addition to national craft purveyors with numerous beer gardens, beer-inspired foods, and a slate of concert programming headed up by folk-jam outfit Rusted Root (currently on their 25th anniversary tour) and filled out with sets by The Broadcast, NoNeed, Four Star Riot, Luxury Mane, Logan Grant and The Johnny Zoom Hi-Fi Show. More info at Due to foreseeable bad weather, this event has been moved from its regularly scheduled Vinoy Park location to an indoor venue... (Coliseum, St. Petersburg) –LP

Sassafraz with Teen Girl Squad, DJ Blassafrass Composer, singer and guitarist Eric Turner is the visionary talent behind Sassafraz, a jammy Ohio-based six-piece that pushes out heavy funk grooves laced with elements of psych rock and jazz and dosed in henerous hip hop flavor as driven by vocalist, rapper and freestylist Emerson B. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)–LP

Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival: George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Sat., March 19, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Blues Music Experience at the Kapok Tree w/Rory Block/Bobby Messano/Eddie Turner/Brett Johnson/Reverend Billy C. Wirtz/Franc Robert Sat., March 19, Kapok Tree Clearwater
Undertone/The Dood/Everwar/The Defiant/Chronologic Sat., March 19, Local 662, St. Petersburg
Wayland w/Stonegrey/A(K)New/Sahe/Shotglass Serenade/Esque Sat., March 19, State Theatre, St. Petersburg
Acme Jazz Garage Sat., March 19, Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin
Uncle John’s Band Sat., March 19, Blueberry Patch, St. Petersburg
Oceans: A Pisces Expression of Love for the Venture Compound w/LILITH/Direwood/Infinite Third/Jun純/Mouth Council/The Omni Project/Shifted Grimm Sat., March 19, The Venture Compound, St. Petersburg
Whiskey Dregs Sat., March 19, Dunedin House of Beer, Dunedin
Harmonica Lewinski/Kevin K Band/The Pretty Voices Sat., March 19, The Bends, St. Petersburg
Slippery When Wet - Tribute To Bon Jovi Sat., March 19, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
Ari and the Alibis Sat., March 19, Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg
Steven Carey & Friends Sat., March 19, Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg
Atom N Evol CD Release Party w/Psykotribe/DogHead/Together in Exile/Cypher Machine Sat., March 19, Brass Mug, Tampa
The Black Honkeys Sat., March 19, Ringside Café, St. Petersburg
Richard Nader’s Doo Wop Reunion XVI w/Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals/The Cleftones/The Duprees/Tommy Mara and The Crests/The Vogues/The Dubs/Ladd Vance Sat., March 19, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

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