Tonight in live music; Cindy Wilson, Skipper's Hometeam All-Star Jam, Swearingen and Kelli, King Complex and more

Lady Antebellum is at the old Gary, too.

click to enlarge The Sh-Booms, which plays Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on July 28, 2017. - YouTube
The Sh-Booms, which plays Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on July 28, 2017.

Cindy Wilson w/The Pauses/The Sh-Booms It’s not really a love shack, but Crowbar will have to do for one of the lead vocalists of new wave sensations, the B-52’s. Cindy Wilson has stayed busy since blowing up with the Athens, Georgia outfit in the late 70s and early 80s, and the group has toured relentlessly over the years (including a stop at Tropicana field a few years ago). This solo appearance is in support of the 60-year-old’s second-solo EP, Supernatural (released in February). Expect her to sneak in a few of those B-52’s new-wave classics, and read Gabe’s interview with Wilson here. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO —LJH

King Complex w/Maves Arcade New-ish Tampa outfit King Complex makes no qualms about its ambitious mission when it describes itself as an “intrepid project that recontextualizes organic instrumentation and pop compositional approaches with the daring innovations currently happening in electronic music.” A tech-heavy stage show has earned the band a little buzz, and its attire (suits complete with pitch black masks) pretty much seals the deal for anyone even remotely curious about it all. (SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO

Hometeam All-Star Jam w/members of Come Back Alice/Juanjamon Band/Applebutter Express/Holey Miss Moley/Corbitt-Clampitt Experience Are you a Skipper’s lifer who’ll head to the dome anytime bands like The Applebutter Express, Come Back Alice, Holey Miss Moley, Cope or The Juanjamon Band hit the stage? Try not to soil yourself when you see this bill featuring members of all those bands and then some. We’re not saying your face is going to melt away, but you might want to be prepared. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Lady Antebellum w/ Kelsea Ballerini/Brett Young They’re baaaack. One of country music’s most beloved and successful trios of all time return to the stage after a two year hiatus. After its 2015 “Wheels Up” tour, Lady A announced it would take a break from music. They stormed back onto the scene in January of this year with the chart-charging single “You Look Good,” which introduced fans to Heartbreak, the group’s seventh studio album. This Tampa stop is in support of that new album, but country fans eager to hear favorites like “Need You Now” and “Love Don’t Live Here” for the first time in two years are likely won’t leave disappointed. Read Mady's interview with Kelsea Ballerini here. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa) INFO —LJH

DragonForce You better hope guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman stand close together at this one because you’re going to want to keep your eyes on both of them work through the epic riffs and lead parts that’ve been a hallmark of DragonForce’s sound since the U.K. power metal band formed nearly two decades ago. The boys arrive in support of a 2017 LP, Reaching Into Infinity, which is the first time fans have been able to hear a new drummer — Gee Anzalone — on record. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Selwyn Birchwood The local guy “highly recommended” by Rolling Stone stops in for a two-night stand happening in the midst of a successful east coast tour behind a new album. The Tampa Bay native has made his way around the world and brings his fresh, award-winning take on blues and trademark lap steel back to the Palladium in St. Pete. Pick Your Poison, which the afro-ed Birchwood wrote and produced himself, effortlessly mixes funk, blues and gospel, so this homecoming should be one for the books. Get learned on Birchwood via our recent chat here. (Palladium, St. Petersburg) INFO —MD

Swearingen and Kelli CD Release Husband-and-wife duo Swearingen and Kelli is completely spilling the beans on a new song, "Leaving Yourself," where Jayne Kelli contemplates the possibility that she might not be able to work it out with the love of her life — AJ Swearingen. "When we recorded this song, it wasn't hard to tap into the original emotion I felt when I wrote it," Kelli told CL. "It's that moment when you fear that something so right might not work out... and you go on imagining the worst." The entirety of The Marrying Kind (released a week before this show) is a pretty transparent, Americana and country-folk flavored affair that leans on the sounds of Jackson Browne and Alison Krauss to explain the Treasure Island-based couple's approach to love, control, anger and everything in between. Listen to CL’s premiere of “Leaving Yourself” here. (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Crystal Garden There’s no doubt that a legion of Bay area-based Dave Matthews Band fans travelled to Jacksonville for a May solo set by Dave Matthews , but they won’t have to log the miles for a taste of violinist Boyd Tinsley, who arrives at the listening space above Rock Brothers Brewing’s tasting room for part deux of a two-night stand in support of a debut LP, Let the Rocks Cry Out, which Boyd’s side project, Crystal Garden, released in March. Another show is set for July 29. (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

Sip Sessions w/Carlos Pena Remember all-star Rays first baseman Carlos Pena? Yeah, he was great. Well, the Carlos Pena playing Bizou Brasserie this Friday may not play baseball, but this Bay-area favorite is a Colombian singer-songwriter does share the same name. Le Meridien’s weekly Sip Session is a free-to-attend, happy-hour dedicated to cheap brews and good tunes, and it’s a good chance to catch Pena in a new setting. (Bizou Brasserie at Le Meridien, Tampa) INFO —LJH

TC Carr & Bolts of Blue There isn’t a shortages of opportunity to see TC Carr & the Bolts of Blue do its thing, but one should rarely pass up an opportunity to get outside (The Ale & the Witch’s courtyard is still one of the most relaxing in the area) and support one of the hardest-working blues outfits in the area do what its always done. The best part? No cover, so you can spend more money drinking from what feels like a never ending list of craft beer. (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO



No Filter (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Twisty Chris & the Puddin' Packs w/Nerds Raging/Unchecked Aggression (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Electric Kif  (Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa) INFO

Coldclock Knockout w/AEGEA/Sunshine & Bullets (Ferg’s Live, Tampa) INFO

Freedom Fest 2017 w/Second Death/Tyrants/Pushover/Bad Vegan/Cursed Body/more (The Noise Box, Brandon) INFO

Jeff Vitolo and The Quarter Mile Rebels (JT’s Roadhouse, Tampa) INFO

Bon Voyage Mr. Best Party w/Rude Squad & Guerrilla Panic (3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Up From Here w/Infinityonhigh/Brightside/Hit Like A Girl (Transitions Art Gallery, Tampa) INFO


Trampa (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Outer Vibes w/Thee Joker (Mermaid Tavern, Tampa) INFO


Will Quinlan w/Jack Sprouse/Dan Padilla (Pokey's Pub, Tampa) INFO

Gypsy Wind (Barley Mow Tavern, Largo) INFO

Kelly Kneff (The Queens Head, St. Petersburg) INFO

Andrew Ricker (Brass Tap, Carrollwood) INFO

Kickin Valentina (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Tribute/Cover/Open Mic

Rexdel Camp and The Happy Campers (Tavern at Bayboro, St. Petersburg) INFO

Gospel Open Mic (The Refuge, Tampa) INFO

Razed By Wolves (Two Buks Saloon, Clearwater) INFO

Jeriko’s Turnpike (O'Briens Irish Pub, Brandon) INFO

About The Authors

Mady Dudley

Mady Dudley is a born-and-raised "St. Petersburger." She received her bachelors degree in Editing, Writing and Media from Florida State University in May, 2018. Mady enjoys concerts, movies, rollerblading, theater, traveling, food, the company of dogs and spending time with family and friends. 

LJ Hilberath

Franz “LJ” Hilberath is a Clearwater-native who contributes to Creative Loafing's Music section. He previously served as an intern and is now a freelance contributor for all things music.LJ can be found in the field reviewing concerts and music festivals around the country, and also works interviews for both local...

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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