Tonight in live music; Atmosphere, La Santa Cecilia, DAWNS EP release, Dead Kennedys and more

La Santa Cecilia For La Santa Cecilia, a love of bossa nova, cumbia, boleros and straight up rock & roll got them off the street (Los Angeles' Olvera Street to be exact) and onto a Tiny Desk (NPR's) and an award podium (the Grammys, no big deal). The group, fronted by charismatic singer La Marisoul, started getting attention in 2011 when their single "Noches y Citas" got a Latin Grammy nod, and then totally sealed the deal at the big show three years later when their third full-length, Treinta Dias, took home a Best Latin Rock Grammy in 2014. They arrive in Ybor City supporting last year's Buenaventura, which boasts a sound that is so much more than the Latin rock they are famous for (fans love the cover of the Beatles "Strawberry Fields Forever"). La Santa Cecilia are no strangers to festival stages across the globe, so it'll be a wonder if Crowbar isn't sold out before doors even open (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO 

Atmosphere w/Brother Ali/Dem Atlas/Plain Ole Bill/Last Word Slug is back. The Minneapolis-based emcee born Sean Daley and his partner in crime, producer Anthony Davis (aka Ant), are collectively known as Atmosphere, and they’ve spent the last twenty years (are we all getting old?) curating a fun and clever brand of hip hop centered around Daley’s poetic, sometimes prophetic, delivery. Their latest LP, last year’s Fishing Blues, featuring contributions from Aesop Rock, Kool Keith and even MF Doom, which should be make this a must-see show for fans of intelligent hip hop that isn’t afraid to poke a little fun at itself. Brother Ali introduced himself to world in 2003 with an assist from Atmosphere (the produced his debut, Shadows On the Sun), and he returns to Ybor alongside the duo as an opener supporting a 2012 album, Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

DAWNS EP Release w/Fr33dback/Oceans Rise/Draem Girl “Optimism,” a new track released by DAWNS late night last year, has a sample of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe defending himself against retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s accusations of mass murder and mass graves. Tonight,  Fr33dbackDraem Girl and Oceans Rise help the band celebrate a new EP. Listen to "Fate" form that release here. (The Bends, Ybor City) INFO

Dead Kennedys w/Reagan Youth It’s been just about a month since the Dead Kennedys’ former frontman Jello Biafra plays a solo set at St. Pete’s State Theatre, and while the band’s current lineup — which still features guitarist East Bay Ray and bassist Klaus Flouride — definitely won’t pack the political punch it did when Biafra, 58, was at the help, they are still one of the most important bands in the history of punk rock. Expect their fans to file into Ybor City’s Cuban Club en masse, and definitely plan on getting there early to see Reagan Youth, another old school punk outfit that also went through their fair share of personnel before they reunited in 2006 around guitarist Paul Bakija, the Youth’s only remaining founding member. (Cuban Club, Ybor City) INFO

Plastisol w/Chlorine/Dr. Paul/Bimbo If you don't know what it's like to be a butthole, then go to this show in Seminole Heights and forget to leave a donation so that the touring bands can't buy gasoline. Seriously though, Microgroove's early shows are a great way to kick off your evening (and a better way to avoid post-Gasparilla stupidity). Tonight finds a new band — Plastiol — making a debut while Tampa thriftstore punks Bimbo play support. Visiting from Kentucky are Synth punk group Chlorine and power pop makers Dr. Paul.  (Microgroove, Tampa) INFO


Trae Pierce and the T-Stone Band w/Shevonne (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Beth McKee's Swamp Sistas Songwriters Circle (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Al Stewart (Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo) INFO

Gullwing w/Spar/Frank Hezzalia and the Cave Trains (New World Brewery, Ybor City) INFO

Homesafe w/Life Lessons/Chase Huglin (Local 662, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Groove Orient (Ruby’s Elixir, St. Petersburg) INFO

SPPD Benefit w/Soul Circus Cowboys (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

Splatter w/Dark Disciple/Graverot/Krieg/GAtS/Heretical Lacerations (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Bangarang 2/Howling Star/Rising Down/Ketu (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

3rd Annual Grandiversary Block Party w/The Dollyrots/Jennifer Real/Jeremy Gloff/Coastals/Shae Krispinsky/Bobby Mitchell/DeLaran/Emily Turnage (2400 Block of Central Avenue, St. Petersburg) 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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