Tonight in live music; Max Norton album release, Swimm, Gasp!, Goodnight Neverland and more

Grammy nominated swamp pop at Skipper’s, too.

Gasp! The Gasparilla Fringe Festival 2017 Gasparilla Arts Month’s last breath belongs to this here alternative weekly, and we’re blowing it out by taking over the Tampa Museum of Art where our Editor-in-Chief David Warner has assembled a fringeworthy lineup of musicians, spoken word artists and dancers to cram the space while pop up theater and visual turn the TMA into a veritable circus for the senses. Read a full preview of Gasp! here. (Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa) INFO

Max Norton Album Release w/Rebekah Pulley/Shawn Kyle Max Norton spent some time behind the drumkit for some of Tampa Bay’s best bands (Benjamin Booker, The Beauvilles, Roppongi’s Ace), but the Tampa boy gone Nashville is finally breaking out on his own. A debut solo full length (Blood Moon) saw release last week, and the 28-year-old songwriter is bringing it home for a release show where he’ll be backed by a pair of Bay area songwriters (Rebekah Pulley, Shawn Kyle) as they work through a nine song, 30 minute record of corn-fed, Americana that finds hope in darkness (“Hardest Years”), begs for help (“Hold Me Up”) and sometimes longs for home (“Florida Boy in a Tennessee Town”). The whole of Blood Mood features the touch of Nashville producer Mindy Watts (Neil Young, Jack White, Beck), which means that it’s pretty much magic. Those who need even more Max after the release show can bring their hangover to the St. Pete Indie Market on April 1 where Norton will play DJ in the Green Bench courtyard. Read a story we did on the LP here, and listen to the whole thing here. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Swimm w/Veiny Hands/FayRoy/The Jackettes St. Pete rock and roll travellers Veiny Hands and FayRoy are back safely from SXSW, and they’ll celebrate by joining once Florida based boys Chris Hess and Adam Winn (aka Swimm) at the listening room situated above the Rock Brothers Brewing tasting room. Ybor City almost lost the brand new venue in fire that caused $100,000 worth of damage next door, so take that as a reminder to never take shows like these for granted. Soul-pop experimenters The Jackettes (whose line can swell to nearly a dozen people depending on which way the wind blows) open the show. Listen to Swimm's new single above. (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

Goodnight Neverland w/Old Bones/Fr33dback What’s it sound like when American Idol comes to your local record store? Find out on Friday night when Kerry Courtney (who earned a golden ticket in season 15 of the hit Fox singing competition) brings his baby, Goodnight Neverland to the intimate storefront of Seminole Heights vinyl vault Microgroove. The windows might shake at the sound of Courtney’s booming, dramatic vocal and he’ll get plenty of help making noise thanks to the addition of Tampa’s Old Bones and Matt Reisinger’s Fr33dback project. (Microgroove, Tampa) INFO

Lauren Mitchell CD Release There’s no shortage of opportunities to see Bay area singer-songwriter Lauren Mitchell do her thing, but rare is the chance to see her celebrate a triumphant new LP (Desire) within the confines of this St. Pete listening room. Grammy-winning producer Tony Braunagel in Los Angeles, and the result is 13 tracks that capture the heartache and perseverance that’s marked the last year of Mitchell’s life. (Palladium Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO



The Tattered Saints w/ Radarmen?/Wax Tongue (New World Brewery, Ybor City) INFO

Jackrabbit w/Low Season/No Patience (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Beerwolf w/Smokestack Lightning/Cruel Curses/Graveyard Groupies/Black Clash (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Powerball w/Dead Cat Lounge/Saints Brigade (Emerald Bar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Shae Krispinsky w/Bangarang/Charles Burns/Achilles the Conqueror/Venus Bleu (The Lion’s Den Cigar Lounge, Ybor City) INFO

Jordan Esker & the Hundred Percent w/Twisty Chris/ House of I/Vivid Moxie (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

All Day Tuck (Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa) INFO

Folk/Classic Rock/Country

March 31-April 2, Oldsmar Days and Nights w/Greg Billings Band/Radio Crime/Stormbringer/Jeriko Turnpike/The Mak Brothers (R.E. Olds Park, Oldsmar) INFO

Chuck Brodsky (Firehouse Cultural Center, Ruskin) INFO

Kelley McRae w/Rachel Hope (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Wilson Van w/Kyle Schroeder (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO


Row Jomah CD Release (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

The Revelers (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

The Applebutter Express (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO


Blast Friday w/Lords of 52nd Street (Cleveland Street District, Clearwater) INFO

1964 The Tribute (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Pon Site! w/DJ Blenda (c.1949, Tampa) INFO

Riot Ten (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO


TFO: Beethoven & Rachmaninoff w/Ignat Solzhenitsyn (Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO


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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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