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The Rob Cartwright Memorial, and Jingle Ball, too.

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J.T. Brown LP Release Show w/Kerry Courtney/Pajamas/Fr33dback The second of two LP release shows for the solo debut of former Groves frontman Justin Thomas Brown. Read our profile on the Bay area singer songwriter here. (Paper Crane, St. Petersburg) INFO

JJ Grey w/Michael Tolcher The second of two sold out shows featuring a Florida swamp rock legend. (The Attic, Ybor City) INFO

Hallucination Before Christmas The holidays meet Halloween at Ybor’s creepiest (read: only) Castle. Organizers are giving loyal fans of the Filthy party a nice present for this one by booking Bay area hero DJ Three for an extended house set. Joining Three will be joined by Rabbit in the Moon co-founder DJ Monk, New York’s Tommie Sunshine and another Bay area DJ, Nerd Rage. The entire venue will feature themed rooms and video mapped structures in addition to a sound system usually reserved for much bigger rooms and festivals. As always, organizers will be accepting food donations benefitting Feeding America Tampa Bay, and they hope to surpass the 2,000 pounds they collected in 2015. (The Castle, Ybor) INFO

LAST Company After a two year run, Fast Company organizers are putting their DJ night to bed. Co-found Derek Corneau is bolting for the left coast, so his partner in grime, Justin Grant says it’s time to close the book. Per usual, there will be no cover and the boys will play anything that’ll make that ass shake. (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

Rob Cartwright Memorial Musicfest w/Jaded/Circle Sky/Stormbringer/Bowdy Boys/Greg Billings/more Late Bay area fiddle player Rob Cartwright gets celebrated at one of two memorial shows this week (see the Dec. 18 show remembering St. Pete music fan Rick Manners). Nearly a dozen bands are on the bill as friends and supporters continue to raise money in benefit of the family Cartwright left behind. (Sims Park, New Port Richey) INFO

Daddy Kool's Holiday Canned Food Drive Help Daddy Kool Records fill the St. Petersburg Free Clinic's pantry for the holidays. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, the downtown St. Pete record store will host its first canned food drive to benefit the Free Clinic Food Bank, which distributes to more than 65 agencies — shelters, community kitchens and child care centers among them.

Those who donate three cans to the drive will receive 15 percent off their Daddy Kool purchases, excluding tickets, on-sale and consignment items. — Meaghan Habuda (Daddy Kool Records, St. Petersburg) INFO

Matisyahu Well, Hanukkah is almost here (December 24th if you forgot), so it’s fitting that Grammy-nominated reggae singer and beatboxer Matisyahu would bring his Festival of Lights tour to The ‘Burg. The 37-year-old walked away from his famously Chassidic lifestyle in 2013, but still retains a spiritual, reflective vibe on a new EP, Release the Bound, which saw release last month. Expect him to play a lot from that disc and dip into all of his now 12-year-body of work at this show. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

Fowlers Bluff w/Funny Bunny/Last Scenic View Quietly, St. Pete's Cage Brewing continues to hone both their beer and their live music lineup. The commitment to original live music tonight continues when Aaron and Kim Stein-Lepley's Funny Bunny project joins a bill that includes jazz-rock fusion outfit Fowler's Bluff and the debut of a Todd Tedder led three-piece, Last Scenic View (you may recognize Tedder later in the set when he sits in with Fowler's Bluff). (Cage Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Their winter concert features Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Wasps, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Franz Schubert’s Quartet in A minor and Three Short Pieces for Wind Instruments by Jacques Iber.(University of South Florida Barness Recital Hall, Tampa) INFO

933 Jingle Ball w/The Chainsmokers/Fifth Harmony/Lukas Graham/Pitbull/DNCE/Martin Garrix/Daya It’s iHeartradio’s big to do, and the radio giant has spared no expense inviting. Mr. Worldwide (Pitbull) to the party along with NYC DJ duo The Chainsmokers and The X Factor product Fifth Harmony. Funk pop quartet DNCE (featuring Joe Jonas) arrive from the other Bay area while Dutch DJ Martin Garrix, Danish pop star Lukas Graham and synthpop rising star Daya round things out. (Amalie Arena, Tampa) INFO

Have Gun Will Travel w/Band of Sorrows You don’t need excuses to head out to Safety Harbor’s Crooked Thumb Brewery, but Bay area Americana outfits Have Gun, Will Travel and Band of Sorrows are good ones. Bring a chair so you can rest under the brewery’s big oaks and enjoy one (or three) of their dozen beautiful beers. (Crooked Thumb Brewery, Safety Harbor) INFO


Car Bomb Driver w/The Pretty Voices/Jacqui & le Dropouts (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Emo Night Brooklyn (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Killer Xmas w/American Fix/Murder The Crow/Hyper Zenith/ Sahe/From Darkness Arise (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

Goatwhore w/Culture Killer/Dark Sermon (Orpheum, Ybor City) EARLY SHOW INFO 

The Groove Orient w/Future Vintage/The Southern Belles (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Bonnie x Clyde w/Nitti Gritti (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Come Back Alice w/Donna Hopkins/Sonny Moorman (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Florida Orchestra Holiday Concert (Westfield Citrus Park, Tampa) INFO

Living Room Sessions Presents Ronny Elliott (House Show, Pasadena) INFO

The Only Daddys (LP’s Pub, Clearwater) INFO 

Dean Johanesen & the 24 Houe Men (Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg) 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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