Today in live music; Jason Isbell, Rich Medina, Florida Bjorkestra and more

An top notch local bill at Black Crow Coffee, too.

Jason Isbell and John Hiatt Trio Busch Gardens isn’t Ruth Eckerd Hall (where Jason Isbell put on one of the best shows of 2016), but that isn’t going to matter in the slightest when the former Drive-By Trucker comes to the Tampa amusement park for a set in support of his last two albums, 2015’s Something More Than Free and 2011’s Southeastern, which are still two of the best statements on Americana from the last half decade. The concert is included with park admission, but you can purchase additional tasting tickets and viewing booth if you like. Just don’t feed the tigers. (Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival, Tampa) INFO

Hunter Moore w/Brother SoandSo/Alastair St. Hill/John Allen Shows from locals are obviously no rare occurrences, but very rarely does a collection of names this this come along. A rare appearance by Alastair St. Hill is augmented by equally unusual solo sets by songwriters John Allen, Hunter Moore and Ben Thurmond (aka Brother SoandSo). Every name on thil bill has played on some of the Bay area's most coveted band, but seeing them together like this is something you probably won't see again. (Black Crow Coffee, Co., St. Petersburg) INFO

Rich Medina w/DJ Casper/DJ Fader Philadelphia DJ Rich Medina is pretty much an adopted family member at Ol’ Dirty Sundays, and this edition of the old school weekly finds the storied beatmaker and turntablist coming back through to lay down a smooth mix of breaks, afrobeat, hip-hop and soul for faithful attendees of what’s become one of Ybor City’s most special parties. (Ol’ Dirty Sundays at Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Kreator w/Obituary/Midnight/Horrendous The Germans are coming, and they’re going to thrash the place. Altenessen Kreator are at the top of this bill, and their pioneering 1985 LP Endless Pain makes them more than worthy, but don’t count out hometown guys Obituary who arrive supporting a new, self-titled album they will release just two days before this show. Read our feature on Obituary here. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Life on Venus: The Music of Bowie & Bjork w/The Florida Bjorkestra Jeremy Douglass’s Florida Bjorkestra has sold out back to back shows at Palladium Theater, so they’re getting bumped out of the Side Door Cabaret and into Hough Hall where the ensemble’s string, horns, six vocalists and five piece rhythm section can stretch out as they work through Bjork & Bowie arrangements put together by Douglass himself. Buffalo native Jamie Perlow joins in to play the part of Bjork, and Colleen Cherry (Jobsite Theater’s My Fair Lady, Rock Horror Picture Show) will tackle the Starman. (Palladium Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

Get The Led Out In a week absolutely packed with tribute acts (the Michael Jackson tribute at The Ritz, two McCartney ones and a Billy Joel tribute featuring members of his actual band), we might as well through Get The Led Out there, too. This Led Zeppelin tribute from Philly boasts a more than two hour show that spans the breadth of the band’s catalog while also working in an acoustic set that includes a take on “The Battle of Evermore.” In case you missed it, most of the LZ OGs are long gone, so this is as close as you’re gonna get. (Tampa Theatre, Tampa) INFO



Florida Pro Musica (St. Mary Our Lady of Grace, St. Petersburg) INFO

TFO: Mahler's Resurrection Symphony w/Michael Francis (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

Steinway Piano Series w/Michael Lewin (Barness Recital Hall at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

Michael Amante (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

Carol Williams (Sykes Chapel at University of Tampa, Tampa) INFO

Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir (St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tampa) INFO

Patchouli and Terra Guitarra (The Painted Fish Gallery, Dunedin) INFO

Freddy Mack & the Dixie Express (Safford House Museum, Tarpon Springs) INFO


RJ Howson (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

The Apocalypse Blues Revue w/Alex Lopez (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Ambient Installation w/Infinite Third (Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg) INFO

DeadPhish Orchestra (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

Sunday School for Sinners w/Only Daddys (The Independent Bar and Café, Tampa) INFO

Chris Henry and Hardcore Grass (UU Dome at Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, Tampa) INFO


Dunedin Lyricist Society (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Borgeous (Shephard’s, Clearwater Beach) 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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