Today in live music; Chance the Rapper returns for Wild 94.1, Victor Wainwright LP release and more

Matt Woods at Ella's, Sister Hazel and more.



✔️  Matt Woods and the Natural Disasters w/Chris Stalcup Knoxville, Tennessee’s bearded, blue-eyed songwriting gift to the South brings his never-ending tour (it just wrapped a European leg) to Seminole Heights for a full-band set in support of a 2016 LP, How To Survive, which was financed after Woods sold his house to afford studio fees. Georgia strummer Chris Stalcup leaves his band (The Grange) behind for this show where we’ll belt out a country-rock solo set. E(lla's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

Review: Usher, Lil’ Jon and a packed Curtis Hixon Park score huge win for Tampa

Gavin DeGraw Forty-year-old piano-pop songwriter Gavin DeGraw was kind of a strange bird at his chilly January downtown Tampa appearance as part of all the College Football Championship hoopla, but it looks like all of the diehard fans have scooped up all the tickets at this sold-out Capitol Theatre gig in support of his latest album, 2016’s Something Worth Saving. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) SOLD OUT

Sister Hazel Fans who slept on the intimate Thursday-night duo gig from Sister Hazel’s Drew Copeland and Ken Block will still have a good time at The Ritz, where Gainesville AAA-rock-ruling outfit Sister Hazel arrives to play songs from its latest album (last year’s Lighter In the Dark) as well as classic cuts like “All For You,” which has been inciting singalongs since 1997. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Cuba Now: Revolution on wheels

Under the Cuban Sun: Voices of Cuba A photographic exploration of Cuban Culture is coming to downtown Tampa, so the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts wants to warm residents up by offering the microphone to anyone who wants to speak and (hopefully) sing about their experiences related to the still-mystical Caribbean country. (Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa) INFO

Moffitt Rocks Tampa Bay VIP Reception w/Emerson Hart Here’s a big ticket ($200-$250) opportunity to be a bit philanthropic while also getting to take in a stripped-down concert from Emerson Hart (frontman for ‘90s post-rock alt-roots outfit Tonic). If the chance to help people with cancer isn’t good enough for you, then know that there’s a little added value here since a ticket to this also gets you into a Saturday show at The Cuban Club where Nebraska rock-rap-reggae hybrid act 311 takes the stage. (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

Review: Lil Uzi Vert is not a rapper, and that works more than fine on the must-listen Luv Is Rage 2

✔️  Last Damn Show w/Chance the Rapper/Migos/Ludacris/Lecrae/24hrs/Jessie Reyez/more Welp, fans hoping to catch a set from enigmatic rapper Lil’ Uzi Vert are going to be bummed since he dropped off the bill for this return of Tampa hip-hop station Wild 94.1 FM’s Last Damn Show concert. There are plenty of mighty fine consolation acts to be had though, so expect Amalie to still pack it in when Migos, Chance the Rapper, Jessie Reyez and Lecrae come to the Channelside District. An after-party at Skye in Ybor City should bring at least a couple more songs from another Last Damn Show highlight (Ludacris), but you all know that patience is a virtue at the late-night after-show gigs. (Amalie Arena, Tampa) INFO

Review: In Tampa, Chance the Rapper’s sold-out tour finale is an uplifting, untouchable display of hip-hop happiness (w/photos)

✔️  Victor Wainwright and the Train Album Release Party w/Backtrack Blues Band The horn-laden sound coming out of the Palladium Theater’s Hough Hall on Friday is The Train, Victor Wainwright’s backing band which will be on hand when the honky-tonk piano man celebrates the release of a new album that we suspect continues Wainwright’s expedited evolution into each and every subgenre the blues can throw at him. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO




Stuart Saunders Smith Celebration (Barness Recital Hall at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

The Florida Orchestra presents Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 (David A. Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

Opera Tampa Singers (Le Meridien Hotel, Tampa) INFO


Pirate Flag: A Tribute to Kenny Chesney (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

Jaded (Buckets Tavern & Tap, Tampa) INFO


Pleasures w/Mountain Holler (Orbit 19 Lounge, Holiday) INFO

Front Line Assembly w/Cibante/Vampire Anvil (The Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Funeral Dazies Twisty Chris Car Bomb Driver Saganaki Bomb Squad (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Time Framed w/Longfinger/The Damnsels/more (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

The Vivid Moxie w/Saganaki Bomb Squad/Somatic (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Art on 12th (Bamboozle Tea Lounge, Tampa) INFO

Jimmie Fadden's Acoustic Trio (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Movements w/Knuckle Puck/Confidence/Homesafe (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO


Jah Movement (Skippers Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO


Tim Montana (Old Salt Fishing Tournament, Madeira Beach) INFO


Tropical Heatwave Cruise Party w/Jeff Jensen Band (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO


Last Damn Show After Party w/Ludacris/24 Hour (Skye, Ybor City) INFO


Left Lane Presents: First Friday Bashment (SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO

About The Author

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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