Tonight in live music; Howard Jones, Flock of Seagulls, Axis, The Florida Orchestra & more

Charlie Daniels, Mosquito Teeth, and more.

Howard Jones w/A Flock of Seagulls Before all of these modern synthpop bands hit Spotify, there was Howard Jones, who enjoyed a nice shred of 80s fame thanks to hits like “Things Can Only Get Better” and “What Is Love” before fading back into obscurity around the turn of the decade. Jones, now 61-years-old, wasn’t quite new wave but still looked towards the past for inspiration, so it’ll be nice to watch an hold hand at work for the Cuban Club’s second show in a week. Oh, and A Flock of Seagulls open the show. (Cuban Club, Ybor City) INFO

Electric Hellfire Club w/Nathan Gray Collective/Asmodeus X/Psychedelic Blasphemy You know what tastes great with samples from low-budget horror flicks? Some half-joking devil worship set the sounds of techno, psychedelia and pretty much any strain of rock where leather & lace are apropos. The Electric Hellfire Club isn’t for everyone, but you can bet that anyone who shows up to the Orpheum on Friday isn’t there on accident. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Drake Night & Holiday Party & Toys For Tots Fundraiser The Bends’ infamous Drake night returns with a special cocktail menu and holiday Drake masks, but you best bring a toy for the donation chest if you want to roll through this six with your misel-woes. (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

Axis w/Seraph the Light/The Virgin Birth/Leviathan Cross/more Leviathan Cross and The Virgin Birth are on this bill, but don’t go thinking this is some kind of Satanic recreation of the nativity scene. Nope, what you actually have a is a little hardcore from the South (Seraph the Light from Tennessee) meeting its kin from around here (Axis, who call the I-4 corridor home) for a show at Seminole’s Lucky You Tattoo. (Lucky You Tattoo, Seminole) INFO

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto Jeffrey Multer comes out of the violin section for some time in the spotlight as Joshua Weilerstein (artistic director for Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne in Switzerland) conducts the Florida Orchestra for performances of Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto” and Shostakovich’s post-Stalin era “Symphony No. 10.” Per usual, this series of shows kicks off in Tampa on Friday night with shows in St. Pete (Mahaffey Theater on Saturday) and Clearwater (Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday) happening throughout the weekend. (Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

The Octonauts Something about British children’s programming just isn’t as trippy as the stuff produced for the American boob tube, but the BBC’s Octonauts get a pass since their protagonists are beady-eyed ocean-exploring penguins, kitties and polar bears just creepy enough to make this kids sing along interesting enough for parents to stomach, too. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

Mosquito Teeth Album Release w/Imminent Riot/The Antidonts/Dead Sells Hairy backs and dongs poking out of pink thongs. On the surface, that’s what you're getting from scummy St. Pete punks Mosquito Teeth, but the long-running, kind-of-offensive, mostly harmless trio led by B-Thorn might (?) be digging a little deeper into the leotard for a new 29-track CD being released on Friday. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

ALSO PLAYING

Gungor (Element Church, Tampa) INFO

(Hed) P.E. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

HCC Guitar Series w/Jimmy Moore (Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus, Tampa) INFO

Russell Dickerson (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Hot Rod Hornets (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

Victor Wainwright & the Wildroots (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Modern Day Peasants (18 On The Rocks, Indian Rocks Beach) INFO

Twisty Chris and Friends (Beer & Brownies) INFO

Sara Rose Band w/Jim Terry (The Hut on The Boardwalk, Madeira Beach) INFO

Charlie Daniels w/Confederate Railroad/Craig Wayne Boyd (Hard Rock Café, Tampa) INFO

Bradenton Blues Festival w/Damon Fowler Group/Ronnie Braker Brooks/Jason Ricci/more (Bradenton Riverwalk, Bradenton) INFO

About The Author

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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