Today in live music; Record Store Day, Austin Lucas, Shawn Ellis benefit, Gen-XX and more

Record Store Day It’s the best fuckin’ day of the year. If you’re into records (the vinyl kind) of course. Shops all over town are celebrating with specials, bands and all kinds of extras. In case you missed it, we pretty much tackled as much of the good, bad, and best things Record Store Day day has to offer here. See you out there! INFO

Austin Lucas Austin Lucas wants to put out a record, so he’s hitting the road. You just won’t be able to find him playing any clubs, festivals or cafés. Nah, Lucas — an Indiana troubadour with a voice from country heaven — is going home for this one. The homes of his fans to be exact. His self-booked, 50-date house show concert hits Tampa on Saturday, and devotees will get the satisfaction of seeing Lucas up close and then reliving the concert by downloading a recording of the show they attend. Don’t let the radio fool you. Country music is alive and well — Lucas is proof. The address of the show will be shared after completing purchase on (House Show, Tampa) INFO

Steampunk Ball w/Gen-XX/DJ Joseph C. Vourteque/more Dandies, urchins, ladies, gentlemen and the most demented of springtime dreamers are all invited to the most interesting club in Ybor where Gen of Genitorturers wants to lead anyone brave enough on a journey that celebrates the "unknown, inspectors of the strange, pilots of mysterious flying machines, mad scientists and maidens of mechanical corsetry" among you. DJ Joseph C. Vourteque will be operating his "Aural Fusion-0-scope in the main room, and attendees will get performances from Vera Vermillion, Angelica Syn plus Gen herself. Some suggested themes are Spring Edwardian, neo-Vicortorian, mechanical mermaid, pillaging pirate and nautical nymph, but there no set dress code at this one. (The Castle, Ybor City) INFO

One Last Dance & Drink with Shawn Ellis w/Telekinetic Walrus/Reality Asylum/Changer/Deaf Company/The Rosewoods/DEA & Saint/Yogurt Smoothness/Jimbo Shrump/Justin LIttle/more There is a lot of memorializing happening in Music Week (there's also a tribute to late composer/vocalist Jason Miller set for Monday), and this show is a celebration of life for Shawn Ellis. The 32-year-old was a reliable friend for those who frequented St. Pete’s 600 Block, and his friends have collected a roster of Shawn’s favorite bands (especially psychedelic hip hop troupe Telekinetic Walrus) to help raise money for Ellis’ adopted children who are 10 and seven years old. (The Local 662, St. Petersburg) INFO


Holey Miss Moley w/Ajeva (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Gilberto Santa Rosa (Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival, Tampa) INFO

Concert for the Earth w/Uncle John's Band/Applebutter Express/Boxcar Hollow/Grandpa's Cough Medicine (Williams Park, St. Petersburg) INFO

Ambient Installation w/Infinite Third (Organic Godess Cafe, Palm Harbor) INFO


Splatter Bash 2017 w/Grave Rot/Chlover/MadSplatter/De Absolve/Three Knuckles Deep/more (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Ries Brothers (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

IRB Beach Fest w/Oceanstone/Beachbillies/North 2 South/Dead Frets (Indian Rocks Beach County Park, Indian Rocks Beach) INFO

Mainsail Art Festival w/Damon Fowler Band/Shevonne/Mitch Link & the Lagerheads/more (Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg) INFO

King of Denmark w/American Supermodel (Red Star Rock Bar, Tampa) INFO


Jim Burge Jazz Festival w/Dick Rumore's Jazz Cellar Orchestra/Burge Surge (Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa) INFO


Rocktopia (David A. Straz Center For Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

Talk to Mark (Bottle Pub, Pinellas Park) INFO


Andrew Rayel (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

DJ Shafiq (Mermaid Tavern, Tampa) INFO


Heralds of Harmony w/A Mighty Wind/Easy Street/Mainstreet 4 (University of South Florida School of Music Concert Hall, Tampa) INFO 

Clearwater Chorus Singers Fundraiser (Murray Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

Heaven's Gate Concert (Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Palm Harbor) 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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