Today in live music; Soundgarden, Transitions returns, Sean Chambers CD release and more

Lots of free shows, too.

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Kiko Rodriguez Props to Whiskey North because who would’ve ever thought that Carrollwood would be the place you’d have to drive to see some bachata authentica. Kiko Rodriguez is a Dominican born virtuoso who started banging around on percussion in his prepubescent days before switching to guitar and giving fans genre classics like "El Verde de Tus Ojos" and "Ya Te Olvide." (Whiskey North, Tampa) INFO

"Kidz Bop Live" Not something we’d normally write about, but a web post about the Kidz Bop Kids officially scheduling live dates at Legoland Florida was well received. Newspring lovers should know that the concerts take place twice daily through April 30 at the newly renamed Kidz Bop Stadium, and outdoor venue on the shore of Lake Eloise. The kids — Ahnya, Cooper, Freddy, Isaiah, Julianna and Sierra — will be available for meet and greets after each show. Shows are included in park admission, and more information is available via (Legoland, Winter Haven) INFO

Sean Chambers CD Release Party Chicago blues make up the backbone of America’s greatest tradition, but it’s pretty tricky to get it right. Chambers, who grew up on the Gulf coast, gets it right, and he owes it to the countless days and nights spent idolizing heros like the three Kings (B.B., Freddie, Albert), Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. This show celebrates a new LP, Trouble & Whiskey (released in March), and while Chambers has accomplished a lot since his 1998 debut Strong Temptation, this LP (and the fact that Guitar Magazine, named him one of the 50 greatest guitarists of all time), is something to hang his hat on. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Lauris Vidal w/Damion Suomi/Burke Bros. The Bay area’s appreciation for Lauris Vidal’s toothy, one man band Florida folk revival is well known on these pages, and it’s cool to see him flanked by an East Coaster (Cocoa Beach’s Damion Suomi) for this show where the addition of Bradenton’s Burke Brothers makes for a bill that turns Ybor City into the geometric barycenter of a very powerful Sunshine State songwriter triangle. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) INFO

Son Salvaje St. Pete wants in on the new Cuba craziness (can’t Tampa just have this one, guys?), so Keep Saint Pete Local is throwing a party to bring attention to the fact that Mayor Kriseman wants a Cuban consulate in ‘The Burg. Tampa-based salsa, merengue, bachata and Latin jazz specialists Son Salvaje will provide the sounds. (Nova 535, St. Petersburg) INFO

Friday Concerts in the Park w/The Ries Brothers The Ries Brothers won’t be young forever (the kids were babyfaced when they started opening for Chicago), and this free, outdoor show is a good chance to catch up with Charlie and Kevin Jordan as they bounce around a sound that dabbles in the blues, reggae and, yes, rock and roll. (Water Works Park, Tampa) INFO


98 Rock Fest w/Soundgarden/A Day To Remember/Pierce the Veil/Highly Suspect/Nothing More/Beartooth/Starset Nobody's quite sure how close we are to a new Soundgarden album (edit: since we published this there has been news), but one this is for sure: the guys are on tour. The band — reunited in 2010 after 13 years off — are mostly playing festivals as part of their upcoming summer tour, and it’s worth sitting through a few sets of radio rock to get to a performance by your favorite grunge law firm Cornell, Thayil, Cameron and Shepherd. (Amalie Arena, Tampa) INFO

Transitions Welcome Back Show w/Awkward Age/Blacksmith/Cemetery Circles/Dom Soares/Middle Child/One Way/more All ages, inclusive concert space Transitions Art Gallery is back...again. Things are looking pretty stable in their new spot within SPoT (the Skatepark of Tampa), and we talked to venue Jack-of-all-trades Gabe Wagner about this comeback show here. (Transitions Art Gallery, Tampa) INFO



Local Lockdown w/Squ/Drastic Fall/Itz Lyrikal (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

Pretty Voices w/Delusionaries/Bad Spell (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Blast Friday w/Fabulous Thunderbirds (Cleveland Street District, Clearwater) INFO

The Hills Have Eyes w/Eye of the Destroyer/Grave Ascension/Suicide/Murderride/more (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Fuck You Pay Me FYPM 210 w/Porno Party/Pig Pen/more (Sawgrass Gallery & Teahouse, St. Petersburg) INFO


Master Chorale of Tampa Bay’s Big Sing (The Portico, Tampa) INFO

Daniel Girón (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Presents Symphonie Fantastique (Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO


The Young Parisians (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO


Electric Avenue (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO


Herobust (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

DJ Rebelle (Mermaid Tavern, Tampa) INFO


Nate Currin (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Adam Randall (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO


The Rhapsody Suite: The 90s Part 2 (2 year Anniversary) (Mojito, Tampa) 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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