This weekend in live music: The Mavericks, Crobot, Hideaway Cafe 6-Year Anniversary & more

Concerts this Sat.-Sun., April 11-12

In addition to the Tampa Bay Blues Festival and Florida Folk Scene Fest, here's some other live music offerings happening this Fri.-Sat., April 11-12...

Crobot with Drastic Fall, Shotglass Serenade, Nothin’ Too Fancy
Crobot plies gritty, ball-busting hard rock calling on elements of funk-grooving Southern rock and riff-raging heavy metal as driven by the high-reaching howls of frontman Brandon Yeagley, who also blows a mean harmonica. Full-length debut Something Supernatural dropped last fall, and among the highlights is “Legend of the Spaceborne Killer,” a grinding and surging cut about a glowing-eyed space invader with murderous intent. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Scholar's Word with No Need SweetWater Brewing continues its special Tampa Sessions concert series with an evening of island vibes. Sweetly melodic Jacksonville outfit Scholar’s Word infuses their reggae sounds with heady dub textures and slow-swaying rhythms while locally-bred No Need has heavier ska-rock persuasions. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

Reverend D and the New Diggz with The Hot Tub Club Local supergroup Reverend D and the New Diggz is made up of members from fine quality groove-hawking jam rocking outfits Green Sunshine, Serotonic and the Funky Seeds. (Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg)

The Mavericks
The Mavericks never quite fit in with the typical class of Nashville hat acts. Rising to prominence in the mid-‘90s amongst a crop of skin-tight denim clad dudes sporting massive hats, the one-time Miami-based band made quite a splash despite not looking the part of Music City's favorite sons. Led by Cuban-American powerhouse singer Raul Malo, the band has retained quite a loyal fan base throughout the years, selling out the two shows they played at the Capitol last April and adding layers of depth and beauty to their already stunning blend of country, rock, western swing and Tex Mex with a newly-expanded lineup that included a horn section and additional guitarists. Tickets to this single date will likely move fast, so get yours stat. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) –Gabe Echazabal

Ol’ Dirty Sundays with LUMIN Ah, Ol’ Dirty Sundays. It’s like church, really, except instead of listening to fiery sermons in a stuffy auditorium, you’re regaled by the hottest DJs in the comfort of the Crowbar courtyard, all for the love of good music. This week Miami native Lumin takes to the decks. Expect a sweaty dance party to break out as he spins some disco and worldly vibes into the hip hop mix. (Crowbar, Ybor City) –Seth Peterson

Hideaway Cafe 6-Year Anniversary St. Petersburg’s favorite listening room-style venue marks its sixth anniversary with a celebration that kicks off at noon and features sets by acts that play Hideaway on the reg: Rachel Alex, Olivia Romano, Fran Snyder, Jim Gilmour, Kasondra Rose, Danfield, Rose Island Band, Miggie, Not Broken Yet, John Kelly Band, Renee Giaccone, Mercy McCoy, Michael J. Weiss, Paul Cataldo and Rebekah Pulley & the Reluctant Prophets. (Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)

Smokey Robinson The silky-voiced high-toned R&B/soul/pop star has been active for six decades – crazy, right? Smokey looks pretty damn good for a septuagenarian, and I imagine he feels good too, since he continues to bring his vast hits catalog to audiences worldwide, touching on material he produced leading The Miracles (“Tears of a Clown,” “I Second That Emotion,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”) along with his later solo fare ( “Cruisin',” “Being With You,” “Just to See Her”). (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) 

Pete Merrigan/Cormac McCarthy/TC Carr and Bolts of Blue
Sat., April 11, Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg
Orgy w/9 Electric/Team Cybergeist Sat., April 11, State Theatre, St. Petersburg
Save the Radio/The Ries Brothers/Lions After Dark Sat., April 11, Crowbar, Ybor City
Damon Fowler Sat., April 11, Ringside Café, St. Petersburg
Wolf Face w/You Vandal/Big Brother Sat., April 11, The Hub, downtown Tampa
KC & The Sunshine Band Sat., April 11, Busch Gardens, Tampa
Josh Turner Sun., April 12, Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay
Producer's Xchange Presents: The Break feat. Needlz Sun., April 12, Orpheum, Ybor City
I Prevail w/Wounds/Chasing Safety/Too Close To Touch Sun., April 12, Epic Problem, Tampa
Unlimited Devotion: The Music of The Grateful Dead Sun., April 12, Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin
Patel School of Rock @ Straz Presents: Rock School Blowout Sun., April 12, Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa

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