Tonight in live music; music festivals galore, Todd Rundgren, Slumberjack, Tortilla Punx and more

Sunset Music Fest, Margarita Fest, 97X Backyard BBQ, holy s****

click to enlarge Slumberjack plays The Bends in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 14, 2016. - Brian Mahar
Brian Mahar
Slumberjack plays The Bends in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 14, 2016.

Slumberjack w/Pleasures/Soapbox Soliloquy In 2015, Sony Music bought Orchard (at the time, it was the world’s leading independent digital media distributor). Fast forward to now, and it’s all still going strong, even benefiting Florida bands like Orlando duo Slumberjack which just released a woozy, seven-track LP of gravelly-throated pop-nouveau (Oddly Calm) on the label. Tampa live music lovers should be used to seeing shows at this Seminole Heights record shop, but this one is the perfect chance to get acquainted. (Microgroove, Tampa) INFO

Music In The Garden w/House Of I/The Vivid Moxie/Drew Disparate In CL’s 2017 predictions issue, House of I was raring to get to work on new music after finally settling into its new home in Tampa. Five months later, frontmen Daniel Caballero and Kenny Rodriguez (who’ve been playing music together since middle school) can say they kept their word thanks to a new EP (Peacewalker, released in April) where the pair let their brand of rock slow-cook (“On The Surface”), take mushrooms (“Wasted Time”) and straight up zone out (“Nova”) over 20 enjoyable minutes. The headline a show in the biergarten for this free show alongside Tampa funk outfit The Vivid Moxie and Donna Lu keyboardist Crew Disparte. (Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg) INFO

Stir the Pot Musician Pot Luck Oxford Noland frontman Shua Harrell’s innocent Facebook post wanting to do a backyard potluck with fellow Bay area musicians pretty much got way too big for any one residence, so this event for networking, making friends, and having a good time has moved to Green Bench Brewing. Anyone dead set on attending should let organizers know what dish you’re bringing, but there is an option to just pay $5 to eat a plate of food. Naturally, any proceeds made from the event will go towards helping Bay area nonprofit Operation Coexist by musical equipment for underprivileged kids. (Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg) INFO

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival w/Barenaked Ladies/Getbye/Whole Damn Mess/The Dives/Cowboy Mouth If I had $1,00,000, then I’d bet that Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies will definitely play “One Week” at this booze-bro down (romper appropriate?) celebrating every wannabe Mexican’s favorite drink — the margarita. Jokes aside, it’ll likely be a nice day to sip on tequila, so you’ll probably want to work this into the schedule. (Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa) INFO

Todd Rundgren Todd’s back, and it seems like some folks are confused by the new album, White Knight, because it finds the 68-year-old guitarist and songwriter taking a shitload of chances as he delves into synth-rock, pop and even hip-hop. Here’s the spoiler: it’s actually a lot of fun, and Knight features some great guest spots from the likes of Robyn, Trent Reznor and even Donald Fagen who parodies the our Cheeto-In-Chief on “Tin Foil Hat.” Read our interview with Rundgren here. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

That's Hot Soup presents: The Punk Funk Disco Party w/Wally Clark/Tortilla Punx/DJ Silence The folks behind Bronze Age Buttons have a new comic book blog — That’s Hot Soup — and they’re throwing a launch party where a trio of DJs have been tapped help bring funk, punk and disco the the people. Make sure to catch CL photog Brian Mahar without a camera in hand as he spins a set that will lean heavily on his expertise in all the punk that should have been listening to by now. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO


Sunset Music Festival w/Major Lazer/RL Grime/Zeds Dead/Above & Beyond/more A leaked Sunset Music Festival lineup pulled the veil off of the party in March, but the leak (which ended up being 100-percent accurate) didn’t slow ticket sales, and you can expect to feel the untz when EDM heavyweights like Major Lazer, RL Grime, Zeds Dead and Above & Beyond take to the lots surrounding Raymond James Stadium for a full weekend of day-glo partying.  (Raymond James Stadium, Tampa) INFO

97x BBQ w/Grouplove/Milky Chance/K. Flay/Unlikely Candidates/Magic Giant/Heydayze Yet another one of our 20 summer concerts under $20, and you can’t really find a criticism for the value that is WSUN 97.1’s annual alternative rock throwdown in the park. This year’s installment is even more handsome now that Los Angeles indie-pop outfit Grouplove has released a new EP, Little Mess, which is made up of outtakes from an über-fun 2016 full length, Big Mess. Folky-reggae German duo Milky Chance is also on bill where tickets are free at ticket drops and just $20 for anyone who’d rather not get in line with the kiddos.(Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg) INFO

Tampa Bay Gospel Music Festival Free gospel in the park? Who’s getting lifted while also stuffing himself at the food trucks? This guy, that’s who. (Water Works Park, Tampa) INFO

Bizarre Bazzar Weird and unusual creations, including one-of-a-kind hand-crafted items from around the Bay area, are sold in the Arkane Aleworks beer garden. Spend part of your weekend listening to live music and indulging in food and new beer releases.(Arkane Aleworks, Largo) INFO —Alexandria Jones

Pop/Rock (and Rockabilly)

Michael Barr w/She/Bigdom & Truths/more (The Local 662, St. Petersburg) INFO

Lespecial (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Divine Science w/Donner Reed/7th Stone/Wake of Charybdis/more (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Cadillac Bombers (The Hub, Tampa0 INFO

The Prosecution w/Mollusk/Inkblot/The Cruz Brothers (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO


La Lucha (Independent Bar and Cafe, Tampa) INFO


School’s Out Dazed & Confused Karaoke Contest w/Soft Rock Renegades (New World Brewery, Ybor City) INFO

Soul Circus Cowboys (The Neptune Lounge, Tarpon Springs) INFO


Alabama w/The Charlie Daniels Band (Amalie Arena, Tampa) INFO


Matt Woods w/Jeff Shepherd/Ryan Daniel Tharin (New World Brewery, Ybor City) INFO

Nowicki and Nuffer (Above the Salt Cafe, Tampa) 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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