Tonight in live music; Chris Stapleton, Wild Child, Charlie Mars, Anonymous and more

More than two dozen options to choose from.


✔️ = Critic's Pick

✔️  Chris Stapleton w/Marty Stuart/Brent Cobb It’s been a solid six months since Chris Stapleton announced this gig, so expect fans to be more than ready to hear the 39-year-old “Tennessee Whiskey” singer support a new album (From A Room: Volume 1, released in May via Mercury Records Nashville) following warm-ups by country vet Stuart and up-and-comer Cobb. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa) INFO

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Ribfest (Fri.-Sun.) w/Paul Rodgers/Buddy Lee Rogers/Dennis DeYoung/Charlie Daniels Band/Showbiz Kidz//more ZZ Top had to cancel its Ribfest appearance (bassist Dusty Hill is ill again), but fans who don’t want a refund should enjoy Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers, who was called in to replace the Texas rock and roll band. Plus, music and even the delicious ribs have always played second fiddle to the long-running festival’s philanthropic mission, which has donated nearly $5 million to kids’ charities over the last couple decades. Rodgers plays Friday; the full schedule of classic rock and country is available via (Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️  Wild Child w/Ciaran Lavery/Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent Mustachioed indie-pop bands seem to be a dime a dozen these days, but Wild Child stands out of the crowded space thanks to Kelsey Wilson. The fiddle player does not have facial hair, but she does play vocal foil to Alexander Beggins, who sports a fine lip carpet and the kind of uke and guitar skills that help the seven-piece band sell out shows in its music-saturated hometown of Austin, Texas. Northern Ireland-based songwriter Ciaran Lavery opens the show alongside hard-touring St. Petersburg rock and rollers Jordan Esker & the Hundred Percent. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Spite w/Bodysnatcher/I Am California deathcore outfit Spite brings a bunch of noise to the ‘burbs as The Noise Box in Brandon plays host while the quartet led by Darius Tehrani plays cuts from a slam-dance ready 2017 album of chugging, breakneck riffs and agro-lyrics (Nothing Is Beautiful, released this summer via Stay Sick Recordings). Another band with a release on that label (Melbourne, Florida’s own Bodysnatcher) opens the show. (The Noise Box, Brandon) INFO

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✔️  Charlie Mars Charlie Mars — armed with a never-ending well of jokes and Southern charm — was an understated highlight of the recent Safety Harbor Songfest, so it’s neat to see the 43-year-old Mississippi gentleman bring the show indoors at the intimate listening room above Rock Brothers Brewing’s fancy cocktail and beer bar. (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

JJ Grey & Mofro w/Thomas Wynn & the Believers/Hannah Wynn We don’t normally write about shows an hour away from our Ybor City office, but this nearly annual Winter Haven gig from North Florida masters of swampy rock and roll (Mofro) is worth mentioning. The addition of a set from local favorites Thomas Wynn & the Believers (plus a solo set from the band’s Hannah Wynn) makes it totally worth the trip. (Jessie’s Lounge Outdoors, Winter Haven) INFO

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Metallica: Master of Puppets Listening Party One of two 600 Block album listening parties this week, this one at Bartique features a super-deluxe release of Metallica’s iconic 1986 album that couldn’t be more different from the music you’ll hear at the Taylor Swift listening soiree at Daddy Kool Records on Saturday. Prizes, booze and headbanging? Yeah! Read our review of Metallica's July show in Orlando here. (Bartique, St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️  Anonymous (AndOnImust) w/Charles Burns/Mowglii/Marv Burgundy/Mike Mass Hip-hop in the record shop is extra special for this one, since it’s sort of a homecoming for now New York-based emcee Anonymous whose brand of indie and punk influenced rap is missed in the area. A trio of must-watch rhymesmiths opens the show while another long-running Tampa hip-hop staple (Mike Mass) plays host. (Microgroove, Tampa) INFO

The Bless Up w/Iration/Fortunate Youth/Inner Circle/Through the Roots One show was not enough for Hawaiian-bred, SoCal-based reggae rockers Iration, so the guys are parking their “Intergalactic Tour” at Jannus for two nights of irie vibes alongside openers Inner Circle and Through the Roots. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

Mishka If you don’t have a ticket to catch night one of Iration’s two concerts in St. Pete, then maybe head over to Ybor City where Carmine’s is reactivating its patio with a show from Bermuda-born, Canadian passport-carrying reggae singer-songwriter Mishka who has been quietly crafting a healthy discography since the release of his self-titled 199 debut. (Carmine’s Patio Café, Ybor City) INFO



Cigar City Blues Band & Southern Train (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO


Mountain Holler w/Will Quinlan/Jun (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Appleseed Collective (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

Ray Gurka (c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO


Uncle John’s Band (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Taste of the Town Benefit w/Bay Kings Band (Espiritu Santo Catholic School, Safety Harbor) INFO

Soul Circus Cowboys (Buckets Tavern & Tap, Tampa) INFO


Collective Soul (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

All Day Tuck w/Trigger City Trio (3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Bangahouse Presents: Sun Signs, Bangarang, Mic Deluxx, & Charles Burns (House Show, Tampa) ASK SOMEBODY


Music Class: Seasonal Affect With Emo Night Tampa (Hot Gaze Yoga, Tampa) INFO


Tribal Style (Hampton Station, Tampa) INFO

In Business (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO


Ken Loomer Big Band (Firehouse Cultural Center, Ruskin) INFO

The Florida Orchestra presents Marvin Hamlisch & More (David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO


Pound Friday w/D3V/Pixelsaur (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

No Niggity w/Samantha Sirius (First Chance Last Chance Bar, Ybor City) INFO

DJ Sugarbear & Kalani (The Bends, St. Petersburg) 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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