Tonight in Live Music: Cobalt Cranes, Fortunate Youth, He is Legend & more

A breakdown of concerts happening March 26

Here are the shows happening tonight, March 26.


Fortunate Youth with Hirie and Sensamotion The LA-based Fortunate Youth exhaled—I mean released—its biggest hit back in 2013, It’s All a Jam, which landed on multiple charts and peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums. Sharing the stage with reggae legends such as The Expendables and The Roots, the band is now in town headlining its very own Don’t Think Twice spring tour. Along for the ride are Hirie, a pop-centric seven piece with reggae undertones, and Sensamotion, who seasons their reggae with a dash of melodic jazz. (Local 662, St. Petersburg) —Adam Hardy

One-Eyed Doll Album Release Show with Psyckotribe, Didges Christ Superdrum, Inviolate, and SaHe No band combines horror and hard rock better than Austin, TX duo One Eyed Doll. Lead singer/ guitarist Kimberly Freeman has a smooth, sweet voice, but when set against the sonic backdrop of heavy guitar riffs and drummer Junior Sewell’s maniacal rhythm section, it gets downright creepy (in a good way of course). Voted best punk rock band several years in a row at Austin’s SXSW festival, One Eyed Doll hits Tampa behind their latest album, Witches, a concept album based on real accounts from the Salem Witch Trials. (Brass Mug, Tampa) —Seth Peterson

Remember the Ladies with Belinda Womack, Marian Mage, Vallerie Gillespie, Patricia Dean & Jana Jones
Female artists seem to be more readily recognized for their efforts in music than in some other discplines, but it’s always great to spotlight women in the arts. This collection of gifted jazz musicians come together to celebrate womanhood and great music. Womack provides the vocals, backed by Mage on piano, Gillespie on horns, Dean on drums and Jones on bass. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) —Scott Harrell

He Is Legend with Devil Gone Public and New Cathedral After a tumultuous five years with no new tunes, He Is Legend released fourth full-length Heavy Fruit last August to mixed reviews. It departs from the band's normal sonic metal sound, opting for a more palatable radio-rock approach for those new to the genre. But front man Schuylar Croom’s dualistic gruff-here-smooth-voice-there vocals still remain. Speaking of gruff voice, Sarasota’s southern rockers Devil Gone Public bring a breath of post-hardcore to the ticket along with Tampa’s own New Cathedral, who has risen “from the ashes of the wanderer” to warm the stage. (Orpheum, Ybor City) —AH

Clean Bandit with Meg Mac
What do you get when you cross classical music with an MC and some dance beats? The answer is UK sextet Clean Bandit. Originally a string quartet performing JS Bach, Clean Bandit aligned with producer John Wandeck and MC Ssegamic to give birth to a new airy, dreamy, yet driven sound that can be heard on such tracks as latest single “Stronger” and “Rather Be,” which peaked at #10 on the Billboard charts. Arrive early to catch opener, Aussie singer on rise, Meg Mac — a “you saw her when” opportunity. Mac, whose howling “Roll Up Your Sleeves” is mid-ascent on the charts down under — should impress with her formidable vocal and impassioned piano, playing recall Kate Bush on a whisky bender with Janis Joplin: Incomprehensible but lovely. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —Seth Peterson & Julie Garisto

Cobalt Cranes with Zulu Wave and Archaic Interest A new drummer makes his debut for Pinellas rock outfit Zulu Wave at this show, and while it’ll be interesting to see how songs from the band’s 2014 album Jagorilla sound without the freakishly hard and precise banging of Danny Piechocki, new guy Josh Perrotto already has one show with his new band under the belt. The out of town guests — L.A.’s Cobalt Cranes — won’t know any better though, and you’ll be fine showing up to this show with nary any research under your own since Cobalt Cranes play a fine sonic menagerie of tipsy garage rock that has no problem getting dolled up for a stroll down the Sunset Strip.(New World Brewery, Ybor City) —Ray Roa

ALSO TONIGHT:

Geri X  Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg
Blues Masters Night @ Chasco Fiesta with Damon Fowler, Julie Black, and Franc Robert & the Boxcar Tourists Sims Park, New Port Richey
Jackie Evancho  Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater


About The Authors

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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