This Saturday in live music: WMNF Americana Fest, Sword & Dagger Fest 2, Kid Rock & more

Concerts happening this Sat., July 18

click to enlarge Waylon Elsberry, aka wWaylon, headlines WMNF's Americana Fest. - rpm photography
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Waylon Elsberry, aka wWaylon, headlines WMNF's Americana Fest.

A breakdown of live music happening this Sat., July 18.

WMNF Americana Fest with wWaylon, Mekenzie Jackson, Wax Wings, Will Quinlan and The Holy Slow Train, Passerine, Bloody Jug Band, One Mile Final, Gator Nate and the Gladezmen, Boxcar Hollow, Big Shoals, Brian Sutherland Band The fans just won’t let ‘MNF’s annual Americana Fest go. Now in its 10th year, it’s cemented its status as one of the summer’s hottest shows to feature local folk/twang/alt-country talent, and while this year is maybe, just maybe, a bit heavier on out-of-town acts, the bill shows an impressive breadth of styles from loud, swampy and rude to acoustic-led sounds closer to classic country influence. The most exciting thing about there being a bunch of less familiar names on the roster? There’s an excellent chance you’ll find your new cool musical crush. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) —Scott Harrell

CL Record Fair & Music Issue Release Party Our annual Music Issue dropped on Thursday. This year, we figured we’d combine some of the elements of last year’s killer issue release party at New World with those of our successful Record Fair sale-slash-swap meet for a little something-something celebrating sound at CL Space. Pop-up shops by the Bay’s most beloved indie record stores — including Daddy Kool, Microgroove, Planet Retro, Audio Visions, Mojo, Bradenton’s Jerk Dog and more — will be hawking new and used vinyl, and there will be plenty of fun and fellowship to be had. Free, noon-5 p.m. (CL Space, Ybor City) —SH

Mosh Fest 2015 with Psykotribe, Deabsolve, Hellbent, Into The Grave, Blood Filled Hate Mosh. Mosh! Like rad, the term is so old it’s cool again. Maybe. (We don’t know. We’re too old to mosh.) Before the metal crowd adopted it, moshing belonged to the hardcore scene, but this bill definitely includes its fair share of straight-up metal and metalcore influences. Note to old-school local punk fans: This is not the old Psychotribe that used to rule No Clubs stages alongside the likes of No Fraud back in the day. (Brass Mug, Tampa) —SH

Sword & Dagger Fest 2: Frostfang, Aionios, From This Fire, Aegea, Ten High, Thera, Tomb Of Ligeia Here’s a slate of local and regional metal that runs the gamut from old-school thrash and brutal prog sounds to more darkly melodic fare (like Tampa’s almost-goth-like From This Fire) and back again. It’s a great primer or opportunity to catch up on what’s going on in Bay area metal, but we’re especially excited about St. Pete’s Frostfang, whose thrashy, no-nonsense sound is like a breath of stale air from a tomb that’s been sealed since before the first Testament album was released. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —SH

Kid Rock with Foreigner I want to hate Kid Rock; his music is generally terrible (every time I hear “Bawitdaba,” I can feel myself get a few degrees dumber and the title track off latest album First Kiss is just treacherous), he can be held responsible for launching the career of another wretch, Uncle Kracker, and he endorsed Mitt Romney during the presidential that candidate’s 2012 campaign run. But the sleazy country rocker has always possessed a certain sort of inexplicable charm (Pamela Anderson’ll back me up), and I hear he puts on a fun show, so this stop on his current “Cheap Date Tour” with “Urgent” and “Cold as Ice” hard rockers Foreigner should prove entertaining, if nothing else. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, Tampa) —Leilani Polk

Station Cases, Crisis Unit, Mushmind, Landbridge, Shadow Laughter, Lipschitz, MRSA Here’s something: the very first show at Largo video production facility Xtra Medium, a new multi-use space that seems intent on using its square footage to help all manner of creative scenes, including the live-music beat. This maiden voyage features frenetic and energetic local hardcore act Station Cases, slightly groovier and more classically informed Tampa ‘core outfit Crisis Unit, noisy Ybor-based favorite Mushmind and more. Aggressive, experimental DIY fun. (Xtra Medium Productions, Largo) —SH

Ladies Of The Mic: Figment The Emcee, Dea, Kiki, Ari Chi, Addison, Asher, Lisa & Taylor A showcase of high quality local hip hop with epic feminine flavor, from the soulful hard-hitting rhyme schemes of Figment The’emcee to the tuneful intellectual flow of Dea. Each storms the Fubar stage and trade off mics and beats during this second installment of Ladies of the Mic. Read more HERE. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) —LP

Betty Fox Band w/Florida Mountain Boys Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg
Moon Flag w/Sugar Bear The Bends, St. Petersburg
Ari & the Alibis w/Alex Lopez Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg
Brit Floyd Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater
Foundation.DNB 3: A Family Affair - Clrh2o's Last Tampa Show The Social, Ybor City
Heritage Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin

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