Tonight in live music; Lionel Richie and Mariah at Amalie, WMNF's Morrissey tribute, La Lucha with Jeff Rupert and more

Jitt Brodie birthday bash, Lady and the Bard, plus more.

click to enlarge Lionel Richie, who plays Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on August 11, 2017. - Dick Clark Productions
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Lionel Richie, who plays Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on August 11, 2017.

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey Who’s ready for the hits? Don’t worry former lead singer of the Commodores and R&B legend Lionel Richie plans to keep them coming all night long for the Tampa stop of his “All The Hits” tour. The show was originally booked for May, but moved due to Richie requiring knee surgery. This post-op appearance from Richie features polarizing star Mariah Carey who is one of the best selling female artists of all time (when she isn’t busy fighting off lip syncing allegations). The headliner however will be sure to entertain on this stop, which promises to play only his most popular material, and that should be exciting for fans who’ve turned Richie’s staggering catalog into one that has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. (Amalie Arena, Tampa) INFO —LJH

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey reschedule their Amalie Arena date to August 11


Mallory Moyer The Bay area, including the loveable degenerates on WMNF’s Florida Folk show, is waiting on Mallory Moyer to write an album of Sunshine State folk tunes, but in the meantime we’re all going to be just fine listening to this pretty much official St. Pete resident (Moyer, 28, moved here in 2008 to earn a bachelors and masters) make a living playing music. (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out: WMNF Tribute to The Smiths Community radio station WMNF pays tribute to the Pope of mope by welcoming Miamiwi Morrissey and The Smiths tribute band (Ordinary Boys) to Crowbar where there will also be a Morrissey look-alike contest. Read more about the show by visiting our Moz-worshipping interview with WMNF Alternative Music Director Michael Bagley here. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

WMNF's Michael Bagley talks Moz, why 88.5 FM's Morrissey tribute won't get cancelled and more

Flux Pavilion w/Jphelpz The end of the summer usually means things begin to cool down (well, at least in any other part of the world not situated as close to the equator as Florida). Apparently, the Ritz in Ybor didn’t get the memo, as their summer concert series of headlining DJs vamps up with Flux Pavilion the summer’s biggest name to date as far as this venue goes. The Englishman has headlined three U.S. tours to date and is a regular at music festivals around the globe. With Alison Wonderland set to appear later next month, this is a chance for Tampa rave queens and kings to get some practice in with their glitter and hoola hoops. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO —LJ Hilberath

Australian Pink Floyd If you missed the Roger Waters show at Amalie, you still have an opportunity to catch the spectacle that is Pink Floyd — sort of. Floyd cover bands are a dime a dozen, but when you’ve been asked by former lead vocalist/guitarist David Gilmour himself to play at his 50th birthday party, it lends you some credibility. The Aussie Floyd show has been a popular touring entity for years, bringing the familiar lasers, inflatables and visuals that Pink Floyd shows were notorious for. So while it isn’t quite the same thing, these talented group of musicians are as good as it gets when it comes to hearing all your favorite Floyd classics (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO —LJH

Joshua Cruz You never know where Tampa singer-songwriter Joshua Cruz is going to pop up (that show at Ybor’s Due Amici pizzeria was a head-scratcher), but you cannot deny the hustle of the Orlando born showman whose ear for melody combines with an unrivaled croon makes him one of Tampa Bay’s must-see vocalists. (Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa) INFO

Joshua Cruz’s “Poison Lips” video might be the Bay area’s sexiest R&B clip to date — watch

La Lucha w/Jeff Rupert/Marty and Michiko Morell Best of the Bay winning jazz trio La Lucha (you can still vote for your BOTB picks, people) return to Palladium Theatre for this one where it’ll be joined by vibraphone player and drummer Marty Morell plus saxophonist Jeff Rupert. Clearwater Jazz Holiday fans will get a chance to see the same ensemble at this year’s party, but who really wants to wait that long? (Hough Hall at Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Jitt Brodie's 23rd Art Day w/Ari Chi/Audio Art Work/Wally Clark/more Marv Illest and Travis Lafoe — collective known as Audio Artwork — are part of a lineup curated in celebration of Cody Jitt’Brodie’s 23rd birthday. It’s been about a year since Audio Artwork compiled a 20-song mix onto its Soundcloud page, but Mr. Illest does have a new release EP available (B4DAFALL, released two months ago) where he bounces between old-school hip-hop more modern, trap sound (“No Name”) with ease. Expect to spend a few hours at this secret downtown Tampa spot. (“My Wife,” “Another Statistic”) (The Attic Café, Tampa) INFO


King Complex w/Kerry Courtney/Pans Permia Miami’s Pans Permia joins a bill that includes a couple Bay area locals (Tallahassee exports King Complex and St. Pete’s Kerry Courtney), and anyone unfamiliar with the quintet  can expect it to deploy trumpet, vibes and even saxophone as it recreates the sprawling, indie pop it created on songs like “Machinery.” (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

A night of drum and bass w/Empire X/Decibel Nation The Lion’s Den continues to be a safe haven for drum and bass as yet another edition of this monthly brings ragga jungle producer Empire X to headline an evening of music that includes a handful of long-running Bay area D&B mainstays. (The Lion's Den Cigar Lounge, Ybor City) INFO

Five Questions: Catching up with Tampa's DJ Knox, who knocked Miami's Rolling Loud Fest on its ass this weekend

The Knox Show w/DJ Knox/G.Brown Gaspar’s Grotto isn’t the first place we think about when plotting out a Friday night in Ybor City’s original music scene, but we’re not going to deny the allure of hearing DJ Knox work a set alongside G. Brown from Miami. (Gaspar’s Grotto, Ybor City) INFO

Florida Folk Scene w/Lady and the Bard Michelle and Jimmy Moore bring their blues-loving, Appalachian Mountains-inspired folk and jazz project to the garden at Green Bench Brewing for a cover-free evening of tunes that pay tribute to acts like Dylan, Baez, Doc Watson and The Carter Family. (Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg) INFO



Rhapsody Suite "Fade to Black" w/Justin James/more (Mojitos Crowne Plaza, Tampa) INFO

The Tampa Ultimate Hip-Hop Showcase (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

No Diggity (Fire and Fury edition) w/Samantha Sirius (First Chance Last Chance, Ybor City) INFO

Dean Johanesen & The 24 Hour Men (The Ale & The Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO


Jazz w/Jim (Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa) INFO

Betty Fox Band (TapHouse 61, St. Petersburg) INFO


Sibyls w/Voice of Addiction/Silver Alert/Jolly Fuckers (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Greg Billings Band w/Den of Thieves (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Ocean Stone (18 On The Rocks Restaurant and Tiki Bar, Indian Rocks Beach) INFO

August 11-12, Hotter Than Hell 2 (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Soul Circus Cowboys (O’Briens Irish Pub, Tampa) INFO


Open Jam w/Blueberry Patch Ramblers (The Blueberry Patch, Gulfport) INFO


Sip Sessions w/Stephano Aviles (Bizou Brasserie at Le Meridien, Tampa) INFO

Danielle Mohr (Brass Tap, Carrollwood) INFO

Sandi Grecco (The Queens Head, St. Petersburg) INFO

Christie Lenée (Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg) INFO

Bob Hope Band (Ruby’s Elixir, St. Petersburg) INFO

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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