Tonight in live music; Andy Frasco, jazz & poetry with Frida, We the Kings, WMNF After Dark and more

Il Volo is at the Straz Center, too.

Andy Frasco and The U.N. w/Synergy In A Cup Jam scene fans shouldn’t ignore this appearance from Los Angeles blues and funk outfit Andy Frasco and the U.N., who’ll take a break from recording a follow up to last year’s Happy Bastards to play Crowbar (Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools likes Frasco & co. so much that he wanted to help work on the forthcoming album). Frasco and his band’s sound lands right in that spot where a love child between James Brown and Wilson Pickett might be caught in the bedroom smoking weed while discovering his or her innate musical prowess. Jermain Jones’ kinetic funk collective Synergy In A Cup open this show. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

WMNF After Dark Presents Reality Asylum w/Seafang/31G/DJ Hural Knight Community radio station WMNF is on air 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but most of us are exercising our sleep apnea when shows like Grand National Championships and Psycho Realms are spinning overlooked records by the best alternative, industrial and hip-hop artists. “Late night shows are usually not well supported because not that many people [are] awake,” Randy Wind longtime program director at WMNF, told CL. So how do you express appreciation for those shows in a world where the Trump administration wants to slash public broadcasting budgets? For starters, hit the station archives to stream shows after the air and donate to specific shows online. On Thursday you can also join Michael Bagley — a programmer who conducts weekly trips into the alternative music underworld — when his show Bodyrock joins forces with other “WMNF After Dark” programs for “We’ve Lost Control…,” a showcase of the area’s best coldwave and shoegaze music. Reality Asylum, who opened for Youth Code and Daveed Diggs's Clipping. project in November headline the show, and they'll be joined by husband and wife led outfit Seafang (who CL profiled in February) plus a Joy Division cover band, 31G. (The Local 662, St. Petersburg) INFO

We the Kings w/Plaid Brixx/Cute Is What We Aim For /Brightside In February, CL took you behind the scenes of We The Kings’ new video for “Sad Song,” and while the clip’s sunny, St. Pete based scenes bellie the song’s more frowny faced theme, expect it to be all smiles when the Bradenton pop punk patriarchs bring the 10th anniversary of their self-titled debut to fans at what should be a very packed Orpheum in Ybor City. “It’s very nostalgic seeing a lot of familiar faces,” guitarist Hunter Thomsen recently told the Alligator. “It definitely feels a lot different. We all have beer guts and shit, but we still have the same kind of feeling we had when we wrote the songs and played them for the first time.” A trio of the genre’s beloved bands — including Buffalo, New York’s Cute Is What We Aim For — open the show. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Frida w/Rhonda J. Nelson and the Irritable Tribe of Poets Not that you needed one, but here’s an excellent excuse to check out the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Dalí. Ambient world music, jazz and funk will come together when Rhonda J. Nelson’s “Irritable Tribe of Poets” get backing from Tampa composer Ray Villadonga (on bass for this one), pianist Jeremy Douglas, guitarist Peter Mongaya and drummer Michael Washington as they all drop big nugs of award winning poetry on museum goers. Members get discounted admission, but the event is open to all. (Dali Museum, St. Petersburg) INFO

ALSO PLAYING

Eastern Hillsborough Community Band Spring Concert (New Hope United Methodist Church Logan Hall, Brandon) INFO

Il Volo (Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

Panamory/79 Sorcery/Crisis (SubCentral at the Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Resurrection of Stevie Ray Vaughan w/Billy Evanochko (Hough Hall at the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Blood Handsome w/Altus Noumena/Abstract Machine (The Venture Compound, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Groove Orient w/Joe Marcinek (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) 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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