Today in live music; Rude Dude, Jason Aldean, The Yeah Tones, Elvis and more

No, really, not really, Elvis is one of the 23 best shows of the night.

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click to enlarge Rude Dude, which plays The Bends in St. Petersburg, Florida on August 18, 2017. -
Rude Dude, which plays The Bends in St. Petersburg, Florida on August 18, 2017.

Tiny Office: Oxford Noland An ever-evolving St. Pete family band brings its updated sound to the tight confines of USFSP's Tiny Office. It's been an agonizing two years since the boys — Shua Harrell and cousin Aaron Buckingham — released their We're Silhouettes EP, so it'll be interesting to see what media students at the college get to tape here. (Connect at USF St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg) INFO

JP Soars & The Red Hots Hard-gigging blues guitarist JP Soars drops into Dunedin Brewery for a free show where his love of Django Reinhardt and T-Bone Walker gets mixed in with an affection for less obvious influences like Black Sabbath, Slayer, Miles Davis and Tito Puente. Soars’ 2014 album (Full Moon Night in Memphis) still plays fresh three years after its release, and that’s thanks to Wes Montgomery-esque chords plus other rhythmic and melodic tricks that litter the nearly hour-long effort. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Bass & Babes Lingerie Party w/D3V/Winta/Heist Most people go to concerts for the music and friends both old and new, but if you’ve got your specific preferences whittled down to “bass & babes,” then the Amp...err...Ritz in Ybor City promises to give you both at this one. Orlando future bass and trap producer Devenn Bencon (aka D3V) tops the bill for a party where he’ll be joined by Tampa producer Winta. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Today in rock history; Young Rascals goes Groovin', Elvis plays Tampa, Journey drops Escape and more

Elvis: Live in Concert It’s been over half of a century since Elvis played Tampa’s Fort Homer Hesterly (it’s where local photog William V. “Red” Roberton snapped the infamous “tonsil photo” that appeared on Presley’s 1956 full-length for RCA Records), and you’ll have to ask some of the diehard fans in attendance at that show how they feel about this one happening in Clearwater on Friday. To mark the 40th anniversary of Presley's death at Graceland, a live orchestra will be taking the stage as fans watch Elvis sing lead vocals on a big, “state-of-the-art” screen. Press materials describe it as a “multimedia experience puts the audience inside an Elvis Presley concert presented exactly like one of his classic live performances in a Las Vegas showroom,” and that should be good enough for anyone that absolutely needs to get back in touch with The King. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

The Nervous Girls w/Moose Masseuse/Navin Ave. Hell yeah. More girl-fronted rock comes to downtown Tampa. This time it arrives in the form of Moose Masseuse, whose 2013, self-titled EP plays like seven furious minutes of good-time, singalong punk rock. To make it even better, two more 813-based acts — punk trio The Nervous Girls and super literary, BOTB-winning alt-country and indie Americana makers Navin Ave — play support. (Pokey's Pub, Tampa) INFO

John Kelly & Friends Hideaway Café owner and operator John Kelly — a Clapton, Knopfler and Dickey Betts devotee who grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey — is taking the lead for this show where he’ll be joined by bassist Jim Gilmour plus vocalists Shannon Van Allsburg and Tim Poole for a laid back night of folk and Americana. (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Craig Thompson & Ella Jet Daily music programming at Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Casino isn’t the first place music fans go for original music (bookings lean hard on cover acts), but anyone who happens to be there on Friday should make it a point to check out a pair of talented Sunshine State singers. Craig Thompson (playing the Council Oak restaurant) possesses one of the cleanest vocals in Orlando, and Tampa Bay’s own Ella Jet (in the lobby bar) is a fast-rising songwriter with a penchant for making some of the darkest stories at least sound sunny. (Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Tampa) INFO

Soapbox Soliloquy w/Rude Dude/The Venus/Bubble Boys It looks like Georgia is ready to get a little crusty at The Bends as Savannah-based trio Rude Dude heads to St. Pete for a set in support of a new LP, Acid Bath (released in June). The band’s first show was on Halloween of last year, and the days since have been dedicated to a freaky brand of psychedelic garage rock that’ll fit in quite nicely with the trippy outer space sounds of St. Pete throwback rock & roll band The Venus. Bubble Boys — and Orlando-based trio peddling a catchy brand of jangly, pop-punk opens the show by playing songs from its Bubbletarian-ready demo aptly titled Demosauraus. (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

St. Pete space-rock band The Venus muscles up the Joe Meek sound on “Saturn Grind” — listen

Jason Aldean w/Chris Young/Kane Brown It hasn’t even been a year since Jason Aldean’s last LP (last year’s They Don’t Know), but the pop-country superstar is already promising fans new music. ““Alright, in the studio, filming the new batch of songs for the new album coming out,” Aldean said in a black-and-white Instagram video posted online last week, “be on the lookout.” Expect the 40-year-old “Any Ol’ Barstool” singer to play songs from They Don’t Know at this tour stop, and expect boot-wearing fans to beg for new material as well. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa) INFO

The YeahTones w/Johnny Mile & The Kilometers/Fast Talkers/Costas The Yeah Tones are back. After playing one of the wilder sets New World Brewery has seen in the last year, frontman Jake Pinto and his New York rock & roll band returns to heat up the famed Ybor City patio one last time (New World’s final show before relocation is on September 23). It’ll be cool to see how songs from last year’s steamy, nine-track garage rock rollercoaster (Eviction Notice, released in October) have muscled up after a few more months on the road. Get there early to catch a set from Tampa suburb-rock trio Fast Talkers which will play songs from a flashy and roisterous new EP (Suburban Nowhere, released in April) and bid its drummer — Kevin O'Bannon — goodbye before he heads off to Seattle. Making its live debut at this show — Tampa rock band Costas. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) INFO

Fuzzy Weekends w/Ninehorn/El Coyote/Alien Tape Recorder Orlando’s Winter Park neighborhood has a lot in common with St. Pete’s 600 Block these days (hi yuppies!), so it’s cool that Fuzzy Weekends is sliding through to keep it gritty at Fubar. The math rock quartet makes pretty, poppy music on a new EP (Where Are Your Keys?, released in February), and you won’t have to look far to locate local support. BOTB-winning cock rocker outfit Ninehorn is on the bill along with St. Pete psych-prog quartet Alien Tape Recorder, and El Coyote (a ZZ Top and KYUSS loving band of desert rock fans) plays its debut live set at this one. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Best Cock Rock — Ninehorn

Shakewell w/Ramirez/Germ San Fernando Valley trap rapper Shakewell brings tracks from his new Key Stone Price mixtape (get hungry listening to Girl Scout cookie shoutout track “Savannah Smiles”) to Crowbar where he’ll be supported by San Francisco emcee Ramirez, who is touring in support of his own new release, The Grey Gorilla. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon Laser Experience Last week it was the David Gilmour-approved Australian Pink Floyd playing in Clearwater, and this week Pinellas gets another tribute show. This time it’s a decades running laser show set to Floyd’s groundbreaking 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon. Yeah, you’re probably going to want to do drugs for this one. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Super Stars w/Ronnie Dee and Reverend Barry/Funktastic S Ronnie Dee’s hellaciously horny soul and funk party band, The Super Stars, has a set of tunes ready to help fans celebrate the music of genre giants like Stevie Wonder, James Brown, The Jackson 5 and more. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO



Kasondra Rose (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO


Pon Site w/DJ Blenda (c. 1949 Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO

Flashback Friday: 70s Edition w/DJ Fresh Step (Independent Bar, St.Petersburg) INFO


Power Moves Tour (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Black on Black Rhyme w/Queen Sheeba & J'nelle (THAP - 5508 Coworking & Collaboration Exchange, Tampa) INFO


Band of Sorrows (Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa) INFO

The Supervillains w/Authority Zero (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

Authority Zero Acoustic In-Store (Banana's Records, St. Petersburg) INFO

Saganaki Bomb Squad (Orbit 19 Lounge, Holiday) 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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