Today in live music; Willie Nelson, Big Freedia, Amos Lee, OG Maco and more

Gwan Fanatic listening party, too.

click to enlarge Willie Nelson, who plays Florida Strawberry Festival on March 3, 2017. - David McClister
David McClister
Willie Nelson, who plays Florida Strawberry Festival on March 3, 2017.

Big Freedia w/Queen of Ex/Samurai Shotgun Do watch — but don’t start with — Big Freedia’s commercial for a New Orleans attorney if you’re uninitiated to the Queen of Bounce. Better yet, ask a friend familiar with the Crescent City strain of hyper active, call and response hip-hop to explain it to you. If you don’t have a single pal to call your own, then read our interview with the reality star and New Orleans cultural ambassador here and make a BFF at this show. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Amos Lee Bring your “Sweet Pea” to one of the most beautiful venues in the Bay area. Amos Lee is in town to weave his breezy brand of earthy folk pop/jazz into a set that’s earned him fans like Willie Nelson, Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) and Lucinda Williams who’ve all collaborated with the 39 year old English major at some point in his decade long career. (Tampa Theatre, Tampa) INFO

Florida Strawberry Festival and Concerts w/Willie Nelson/Kip Moore No lie, the CL camp was a little worried about the Red Headed Stranger when he cancelled a few shows because of a bad cold. The 83 year old living legend announced his return via Instagram and is readying a new album, God’s Problem Child, which we hope he’ll preview at this early show (3:30 p.m. EST). One of these new country fellas, Kip Moore (his big hit is “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck”), plays the evening show (7:30 p.m. EST) which a separate ticketed event of its own. Details are available via (Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds, Plant City) INFO

Krewella Pakistani-American duo Krewella arrive at Seventh Avenue’s EDM stronghold for a set that’ll pull from the Ammunition EP where the sisters — Jahan Yousaf and Yasmine Yousaf — found themselves joined by Pegboard Nerds and Diskord for one of the genres more innocuous releases of 2016. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

March Cohn Yup, we’re old. It’s really been 25 years since March Cohn burned “Walking In Memphis” into our skulls, and the 57 year old Grammy winner is going to make you remember again by playing his debut album live in its entirety for the first time ever. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

Gwan Fanatic Beat Tape Release/Listening Party Packed concerts aren't for everyone, so this is another chance to just kick it as Tampa producers Kenosobi and Spon Marcos bla-dap, bing bap and clap (but not bing bong) while they share a new beat tape with fans. Effren Denson — the mind behind Tampa clothier A Blow Fly Joint — will be on hand to make it easy on the eyes, too, (First Chance Last Chance, Ybor City) INFO


Bloodshot Bill w/The Wildtones/Deadborns (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

Mountain Holler w/Geri X (Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg) INFO

CIW Benefit Show w/The Jackettes/ Someday River/Ari Chi (Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg) INFO

Old Vices w/Plan To Fail/GreyGoose (Pokeys Pub Downtown, Tampa) INFO

A-Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (The Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Tampa Pro After Party w/Drowning Clowns/Ray Barbee/DJ Kevin Romar (Skatepark of Tampa, Tampa) INFO

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: The Dali Experience (David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

OG Maco w/Young Greatness (Local 662, St. Petersburg) INFO

Tim Reynolds and TR3 w/Shaun Hopper Trio (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

First Fridays Under the Dome: Mardi Gras w/Faye Turk/Jazz Pulse/Wayne Pearson (UU Dome at Unitarian Universalists Church of Tampa, Tampa) INFO

JP Soars (The Ale And The Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

Biscuit Miller & the Mix (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Warm Like Winter w/Nerds Raging/Abortion Twins/FuneralDazies Bleeding $ (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Florisonics (Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa) 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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