Tonight in live music; D.C. hardcore at Lucky You, Halo Circus at Rock Bros., Art & Soul, more

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First, let's all say happy birthday to the Americana Rock Mix, which has been online for nine years now. Learn a little more and listen here.

Sarasota Music Festival Artist Showcase 2 w/Jeffery Kahane/Robert Levin/Alexander Kerr/more Sarasota’s ongoing celebration of classical music continues this weekend as various members of the local musical community plus out of towners like Los Angeles conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane work through selections from Schubert, Brahms, Mozart and more. The events take place at various venues, and a student recital happens on Sunday at Holley Hall. Additional details are available via sarasotaorchestra.org.

Halo Circus w/Ruby Rose Fox Critics seem to be enamored with, Halo Circus. Don’t recognize the name? That’s not entirely unwarranted. A former American Idol finalist, lead singer Allison Iraheta’s career has seen its fair share of up and downs. After the 25-year-old won over viewers with her charm and gritty rock vocal, her solo career as a pop rock star quickly flatlined, culminating with her record label Jive dropping her in 2011. In 2012, things changed when she met guitarist and Duran Duran collaborator Matthew Hager. The two would go on to form Halo Circus and release a debut album, Bunny, in 2016. Despite being adorned by critics, the album has only garnered them moderate national attention. Described as “criminally underrated” by Rolling Stone, the two will be performing a more stripped down set for the Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing. (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO—LJ

Protester w/Give/Unified Right/Barrage/Drug Washington D.C. was almost like a birthplace for hardcore, so it’s cool to see a new band from the area — Protester — bring a brand new LP (Hide From Reality, released in March) to our neck of the woods to satiate the thirst of fans looking for classic straight edge hardcore that doesn’t necessarily worship at the altar of Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today and Unashamed. (Lucky You Tattoo, Largo) INFO

Tunnelvision: The Musical Tim Cain’s rock musical rolls on, and early reviews suggest that the Boy’s Entrance frontman’s play about sexual obsession, all set in 1980s San Francisco is definitely worth checking out. ([email protected], St. Petersburg) INFO

Shrek the Musical It’s about 20 miles from Lutz’s Dreamhouse Theatre to playhouses like the Straz Center, so this is a nice alternative for families who’d like to take their kids to downtown Tampa for a show, but simply don’t have the ability to do so (those little creatures are impatient sometimes, huh?). Once again, this isn’t exactly live music, but singing along to Shrek jams is always a good time. I wonder if they have beer at Dreamhouse.  (Dreamhouse Theatre, Lutz) INFO

ALSO PLAYING

Art & Soul w/DJ Knox/Artis SHI/Joshua Cruz/Vessoul/Charlie G./Michael Jo'Mae (Subcentral at Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO

About The Authors

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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