This week in Tampa Bay area live music: Black Sabbath Farewell Tour, Kisses, Mayhem Fest & more

Concerts, July 25-31

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Zach Deputy w/Christopher Hawley There are several ways to be enchanted by a Zach Deputy performance. You can fix your eyes on the way that the South Carolina-based one-man band manipulates the NASA mission control-style smorgasbord of pedals, controllers, and drum pads in front of him, or you can close your eyes and listen to the way he indecipherably loops all those elements together to create a strangely tropical, immeasurably upbeat, and impossible-to-not-dance-to brand of jam rock. The boy has a surprisingly soulful voice (listen to “Real” or the title track off his 2009 Sunshine LP to see what I mean) and the epitome of an infectious smile, plus opener Christopher Hawley plays some of the most innocently easy to listen to folk pop this side of Jack Johnson, so expect to not be sad at this one. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) —RR

All Good Five-Year Party w/Beacon/Dylar Still going strong after five years of All Good Tuesdays at Crowbar, Soft Rock Renegades Jack Spatafora and Cameron Correa are ready celebrate. Heading up this special Friday night throwdown is Brooklyn-based Ghostly International-repped duo Beacon, their their atmospheric, R&B-hued synth pop marked by gentle beats, deep bass pulses and dark melodic tones hinting at something sinister lurking just beneath the surface. (Crowbar, Ybor City)—LP

Passafire w/Stick Figure The Savannah, Ga.-based outfit doesn’t tread any massively new ground in the reggae rock genre, but they paint their take on it with enough colorful organ passages and ripping guitar leads to make this evening’s entrance fee ($10) worth about 100 times its weight. The addition of Massachusetts’ Stick Figure makes the “Summer Hot Box Tour” pretty much a no-brainer. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) —RR

SATURDAY, JULY 27
Green Sunshine Album Release Party w/Charlie Dandelion/Shoeless Soul
An outerspace-themed party in celebration of Interstellar Funk Patrol, the new record from Green Sunshine, an ensemble encompassing a soulful female vocalist, a few rappers, horn players and a full-band that delivers an intoxicating, rocking mix of hip hop and funkadelia. Attendees are encouraged to dress up ‘as stellar and funky as your mind can imagine.’ (The Blueberry Patch, St. Petersburg)—LP

Biz Markie It’s been over two solid decades since Biz Markie painfully crooned his way into hearts of mainstream America by turning the melody of Fred Scott’s “You Got What I Need” into his hit song “Just A Friend.” While a host of other equally goofy songs never got the same kind of traction (“Pickin’ Boogers” “Toilet Stool Rap,” and “Hooker Got A Boyfriend” all come to mind), Biz has stayed true to his humorous style while managing to make sure his pop culture presence is as relevant as ever with his Yo Gabba Gabba gig. Blame it on that signature flow or that goofy gap-toothed smile coming from a hulk of a man, but Biz Markie isn’t going away and we’re all better for it. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) —RR

Toad The Wet Sprocket “But I can fly through the heavens on the power of my heart, thread my way through a string of stars, to write your name in a new constellation, bare my love to all creation” Glen Phillips sings sweetly and self-assuredly in “New Constellation,” the new single by Toad the Wet Sprocket. The Cali-bred AC-friendly alt rock quartet released five LPs and charted a few hits (“Walk on the Ocean,” “All I Want,” “Fall Down”) before breaking up in 1998, but reunited in 2006 for some sporadic touring and had finally decided to put together some new material by 2010. A fresh full-length produced is expected this fall. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)—LP

Richard Barone w/The Belltowers/DieAlps Top 40 radio was Richard Barone’s introduction to Tampa’s music scene. Before you get the wrong idea, the dude was 7 years old and has since amassed quite the curious array of accomplishments. From his time with Hoboken indie rock OGs, The Bongos, to production for Tiny Tim, to a solo career of jangly slowcore, the man’s done some interesting stuff. He’s coming back home for a solo set at our fair city’s best record store/bookstore/coffee shop, and it’s free. The Bongos are getting back together for the closing of Maxwell’s, a famed performance in their hometown of Hoboken, so provided you can’t make it all the way up to New Jersey, you can catch their front man in a similarly intimate locale for substantially less of a hit on your wallet. (Mojo Books & Music, Tampa) —Colin Joyce

Antiwarpt Pre-Party More than 30 bands perform at three venues: Steven Garrett, Genre Baptiste, Abstract Machine, Young Egypt, Hunter Gatherer, Jensen Serf Company, Just Satellites, Sonic Graffiti, DJ Moose & Squirrel (The Local 662); Glass Bottom Boat, Matthew Fowler, Kersey Williams, Avery Moore, Ten Acres, Lonly Monster, Anthony from Dead Sound, Christie Lenee, Awkward Age, Kyle Chason & The Swindlin's Hearts, Friends of Giants, Escape Tonight, The Tattered Saints (Fubar); and Archaic Interest, Article 47, Memphibians, Dead Pedestrian, Grounded, Ex-Breathers, KID AIDS, Displace, Comeback Alice (Emerald Bar). (600 Block, St. Petersburg)

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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