Today in live music; Inauguration protest shows, Blackbear, Tab Benoit and more

The bars are open early today, right?

Well, it's here. The end of an era, and the begining of...well, you know. To honor PEOTUS, who'll be sworn in as the U.S.A.'s 45th president today, we're going to watch this whole thing on Twitter. Your creative friends and neighbors are protesting here and in Washington D.C. Some of your friends are even celebrating. Here are some live music events to help you remember that, at least for today, we still have a lot to be hopeful about.

Doyle Bramhall II w/Future Stuff Fans may have seen Doyle Bramhall II on the Experience Hendrix tour, but the 48 year old guitarist, songwriter and Clapton collaborator will have a go on his own at this intimate Capitol Theatre gig where he’ll show off the blues that have been running through his veins since birth (dad is a Texas drumming legend, and junior was the first axe man in a family of drummers). He got his start 20 years ago when the Lone Star State’s Fabulous Thunderbirds asked him to handle the six string at the age of 18, and Bramhall II hasn’t slowed down since. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

Blackbear If you’re judging people by the company they keep, then go ahead and let capital letter resistor blackbear into your life. The 26 year old producer and singer was worked with the Biebs (“Boyfriend”), G-Eazy (“IDFC,” “90210”), Donald Glover and even James Blake who appeared on 2012 Sex mixtape. Born Matthew Musto, and hailing from Daytona Beach, this is a good chance to see a mostly behind the scenes Florida product up close and personal. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Inauguration Day Protest Show w/Mouth Council/Achilles the Conqueror/Rising Down/Panamory/Somatic/SunGhosts/Jeremy Gloff/more Yup. These creative types aren’t a fan of the U.S. of A’s new president. Donations from the show will benefit the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.At this point, we all know that numerous artists have politely declined Donald Trump's offers to play his inauguration and its satellite parties. To make things worse for Donny, many of the creative class (we can hear the jeers) have aligned to stage protest concerts instead. The Bay area gets one of its own, thanks to The Venture Compound in St. Pete's Warehouse Arts District, when Lauren Lance (of Lilith and Panamory fame) hosts an evening shindig benefiting ACLU and Planned Parenthood. The music will range from ambient/experimental (Mouth Council), to hip-hop (Achilles the Conquerer), garage pop (SunGhosts) and more.. (Venture Compound, St. Petersburg) INFO

Pon Site! w/DJ Blenda New-ish Seminole Heights watering spot c. 1949 keeps on coming with solid music nights (Hot Rod Circuit’s Mike Poorman was recently in the house playing his favorite Smiths and Morrissey songs). This particular event finds Bay area favorite DJ Blenda doing gwan tings and he plays reggae professor. Expect to hear a lot of old school ska, dub, dancehall and roots rockers all on vinyl if you come out to this one. (c. 1949, Tampa) INFO

Tab Benoit w/In Business Break out the jambalaya because Tab Benoit is camping out underneath the Skipperdome. The 49 year old blues guitarist and environmental activist (he loves the wetlands) is also a gatekeeper for New Orleans’ blues-jazz tradition, and he’ll be doing a two night stand in north Tampa. He taps another Crescent City blues outfit (In Business) to open on Friday before making way for Bradenton oldies rock quartet Gumbo Boogie who open on Saturday. If you’re allergic to headliners, then just wait for Sunday when the two openers combine for a double bill of their own. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

ALSO PLAYING

17th Annual Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival (Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa) INFO

Velveteen Rabbit w/Slight Return/Mountaineers/Akiva/more (The Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Sierra Hull (Murray Studio Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater INFO

Phiso w/Blunts & Blondes/$mglr/Winta (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Rosewood Creek Band (Sacred Lands, St. Petersburg) INFO

Jazz With Jim w/Tom Ziegelhoffer (Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa) INFO

The Ries Brothers (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Heissler Organ Concert Series w/David Enlow (St. Petersburg College Music Center, St. Petersburg) INFO

Safetysuit w/Armors (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

Five Irish Tenors (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Wildtones (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

Almost Poets w/Matt Townsend/Danielle Mohr (Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg) INFO

Mercy McCoy w/Ed Woltil & the Loaded Question/Josh Reilly (New World Brewery, Ybor City) INFO

Micibison w/Mike the Emcee/MC Kenna/Pusher Preme/Rowtch/Etienne Rogue/Profit T (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Ben Prestage (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

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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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