Tonight in live music; Eric Paslay leads college football concerts, DJ Dara, Soapbox Soliloquy release and more

Free trolley rides, too.

click to enlarge Eric Paslay, who headlines the first night of free College Football Playoff concerts at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa, Florida on January 6, 2017. - Red Light Management
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Eric Paslay, who headlines the first night of free College Football Playoff concerts at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa, Florida on January 6, 2017.

**Just an FYI for out of towners and locals heading to and from the college football concerts in downtown Tampa tonight: the TECO streetcar line is offering free rides until 1 a.m. EST on Monday night, so that might make parking a little easier.

College Football Playoff Playoff Playlist Live w/Eric Paslay/Clare Dunn/The Shadowboxers Three days of free activities and concerts in downtown Tampa where Curtis Hixon Park will welcome ESPN’s SportsCenter as well as a diverse roster of artists including Usher, Eric Paslay and more. Tonight, Nashville songwriter Clare Dunn (“Tuxedo,” “Move On”) kicks off a mostly twangy evening that also features soul-pop quintet The Shadowboxers (“Build the Beat”) and Grammy-nominated, Texas-based country boy Eric Paslay, who’ll surely give fans a performance of his 2014 hit “Friday Night.” Gates are at 5 p.m. and the music starts by 6 p.m. There will also be programming in Macdill Park on the Tampa Riverwalk. Listen to a playlist featuring artists from AT&T's Playoff Playlist live here. (Curtis HIxon Park, Tampa) INFO

Colt Ford Colt Ford is a cool name, but so is Jason Farris Brown. That’s the tag that his momma put on him, but we’re not going to dock and points off the Athens, Georgia country crooner’s scorecard for switching it up. The 46-year-old arrives at The Bull in support of a new, sweet and slow single (“4 Lane Gone”) where he tells the story of a guy losing his mind because his girl is gone. The melody is actually pretty damn catchy, so stay away if you don’t want to be stuck humming it all day long. (The Dallas Bull, Tampa) INFO

DJ Dara and AK1200 w/Jaybee/uAnimals/Thee Joker/TL Jentgens/Diaz/Soundleake/Hellman/Danny Danny/Kay-S/more A drum and bass matriarch is coming to Ybor City. Dave AK1200 was there when the genre was born (he put his mixes on CDs, not Mixcloud, kids) and his dedication and devotion to D&B is almost unrivaled. At the turn of the century, AK1200 teamed up with DJ Dara to form Planet of the Drums collective, whose goal was to bring drum & bass to the mainstream. Dara will also be in the building to keep the roots of the genre alive, but this bill does not ignore the evolution of electronic music. Jaybee will perform an all hip hop set, Diaz will do moombahton and uAnimals will be doing a set featuring dubstep and trap. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

The 5th Dimension Let’s go on a “Stoned Soul Picnic” because Florence LaRue’s old school PR&B outfit (that’s pop plus R&B) outfit are in town with other hits like “Up, Up, and Away” and “One Less Bell to Answer” in tow. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Blind Not Deaf Presents: Heady Stones Vinyl Release Show w/Soapbox Soliloquy and the Nimbus Initiative/Sonic Graffiti/Pleasures/Luxury Mane Jasmine Deja’s other band Veiny Hands (with Rod Olfo, Christina Sanchez and Brie Denicourt) just released their “Dirty Sheets”/“Tonguing” seven-inch three months ago, but now the St. Pete songwriter and frontwoman for Soapbox Soliloquy is finally bringing her sophomore LP Heady Stones into the real world on some sweet purple vinyl. In her May 2016 review of the 14-track effort, former CL music editor Leilani Polk called the album “an impressive exercise in acid-washed sounds” that also drops “heavy deposits of psychedelia, with surprising moments of catchiness and cohesion found amid the [album’s] eye-crossed haze.” The bill for this free show is kind of a monster thank to the addition of guitar-shredding trio Sonic Graffiti, psych-pop outfit Pleasures and the rock & roll of Billy Summer’s Luxury Mane project. (The Local 662, St. Petersburg) INFO


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Rosewood Creek (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

John Nowicki (Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa) INFO

DJ Mega (First Chance, Last Chance, Ybor City) 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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