Tonight in live music; MC Chris, Pops in the Park, Bengali 600 and more

The Clearwater Jazz Holiday rolls on, too, on this busy Saturday night in live music for Tampa Bay.

click to enlarge MC Chris, who plays at Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida tonight. - Mara Robinson
Mara Robinson
MC Chris, who plays at Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida tonight.

The Florida Orchestra: Pops In The Park The Florida Orchestra’s fall season is in full swing, so their days are packed, but the organization’s crown jewels for this week are a pair of free, outdoor shows where Steven Jarvi conducts a symphony featuring selections from movies (Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark), musicals (South Pacific, The Producers) and more traditional selections from Shostakovich and Rimsky-Korsakov. Saturday’s affair at Vinoy Park will feature fireworks, and attendees for both events (the show happens again Sunday at Sulphur Springs’ River Tower Park in Tampa) are encouraged to pack picnic baskets and bring canned goods to benefit Tampa Bay Harvest, which is a non-profit, volunteer driven food recovery and gleaning organization. More info is at (Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg & River Tower Park, Tampa) INFO

MC Chris w/MC Lars/Random aka Mega Ran Two emcees and a Random. The names on the bill are apropos for what's going to happen at Crowbar tonight as Illinois rapper MC Chris celebrates a decade of touring with a stop at one of his favorite Florida venues. The players on this bill are making waves recently thanks to the way they've responded to Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek's snarky remark about nerdcore fans (Trebek called 'em "losers").

"Nerdcore is a genre that has been around for at least 15 years. I'm in my tenth year of touring, and my latest album MC Chris Is Dreaming peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard comedy charts this week," MC Chris told Billboard. "It's a small corner of the hip-hop world but it's a real and true respite to hundreds of thousands of people that are tired of being called losers, and would rather celebrate their nerdiness instead of trying to conform to society's mandates."

Mega Run, added this in a video: "Alex Trebeck, you lost a lot of respect/ I gotta check you off the rip for coming out of your neck. Nobody likes a know-it-all, condescending blow-hard", the rapper continues. "But Susan got the last laugh, 20 grand cash and you're good at all my shows, you don't even have to ask." (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Bengali 600 w/DJ Pete Bones It gets pretty sweaty on the New World patio sometimes, and the tropical vibes will be amplified tonight as beloved Orlando world-pop outfit Bengali 600 comes to Ybor City. Listen to the tunes below. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) INFO


Connor Zwetsch (Sundial, St. Petersburg) INFO

Dance Gavin Dance w/The Contortionist/Hail the Sun/Good Tiger (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Beerwolf w/SAHE/Stone Conbras/Alien Tape Recorder (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Tarpon Springs Outdoor Music Festival w/FIU Marching Band (Tarpon Springs High School, Tarpon Springs) INFO

Gulfport Peace, Love & Women Festival w/Cyndi Burder/Rebecca Bird with Steve Arvey/Gale Trippsmith/more (Historic Gulfport Casino, Gulfport) INFO

LANY w/Transviolet (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

Funk Cancer w/Future Vintage/Holey Miss Moley/JuanJamon Band/Areva/Serotonic/Justino and the Difference/NoNeed/more (Ringside Cafe, St. Petersburg) INFO

New Music Consortium w/Hilary Tann (Barness Recital Hall at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils w/Juke (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Finish Ticket w/Run River North/Irontom (The Local 662, St. Petersburg) INFO

L.A. Guns (Tracii Guns) w/Enuff Z’Nuff (District 3, Tampa) INFO

The Florida Orchestra: Fall Family Concert (Performing Arts Building at Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City) INFO


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