Tonight in live music; Nervous Girls, Empire Cinema, Pathos Pathos, Boyd Tinsley's Crystal Garden and more

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click to enlarge The Nervous Girls, who play Tre Amici at The Bunker on July 27, 2017. -
The Nervous Girls, who play Tre Amici at The Bunker on July 27, 2017.

NoNeed w/Avenue Icon After welcoming old-school, longtime Bay area reggae outfit Tribal Style to the basement, the Iberian Rooster once again skews irie when it brings a comparatively newer reggae-influenced band, NoNeed, to the SubCentral space. The boys — frontmen Sebastian Tenorio and James Harnage, drummer Kevin Blume, multi-instrumentalist Cody Moore, plus Ryan Weiss on Bass — are products of the University of South Florida’s jazz program and arrive in support of a new, dance-floor ready single “Reggae Girl” (SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Nervous Girls w/Broken Things/Seafang After playing shows at Pokey’s and Lucky You, Lauren Schuckel’s new group — self-described as “three girls in Tampa making music we think is cool” — makes its way to Ybor City for a set at The Bunker where the band’s feminist message gets to ride a wave of empowering, shoegazing post-punk sounds while another female-led crew, Seafang, readies itself for a set at Athens Popfest in a few weeks. (Tre Amici at the Bunker, Ybor City) INFO

Actual Bank Robbers The 1975-esque boy band brings its pop sound to the bar outside of Jannus known for its music on July 27. The group — half populated by USF alum Anthony Santaniello, Mike Pinder, Pedro Amaral and Robert Tait — just released its single “Cheat Code,” and the fact that Actual Bank Robbers formed after meeting at an amusement park means this show could be a fun one. (Ringside Cafe, St. Petersburg.) INFO —Mady Dudley

Tiny Office Concert w/Olivia Romano Fan’s of NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series now have the chance to experience something like it right here in Tampa Bay, as USF St. Pete hosts its own version with St. Pete- local indie-folk singer-songwriter, Olivia Romano. After playing all around the city at local venues, Romano — a young guitarist who covers a variety of artists like Shawn Mendes to Leonard Cohen — is ready to try her hand at this new show series. (University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.) INFO —MD

WLCM2KNXVLL w/Justin James/OCINTHEKID/Ohh-Zone/Same E. Hughes/True Pilot/Unycxmemo Cape Cod export Justin James sprinkles his rhymes with the sounds of his influences (Michael Jackson, Keith Sweat, R. Kelly) on songs likes his 2015 breakout single “Running Back.” The touch evolves on James’ latest, last month’s “Baby Bad,” where he celebrates the “unapologetic, confident and independent” women of “any ethnicity, body type and occupation.” He’s a highlight on the lineup for DJ Knox’s monthly at this St. Pete staple. (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

Empire Cinema w/Pathos Pathos/Jordan Esker Pathos, Pathos — an Orlando trio which arrives in Ybor City on the day before it releases a new EP — is the perfect foil to some of the shadowy sounds of headliners Empire Cinema (whose single, “Pretty Reckless,” CL debuted in March). “Covered In Moonlight,” the Lucky Charm EP’s lead single, is a two-and-a-half blast of infectious indie-pop that features a bouncy lead guitar line flying in and out of frontman James Murphy’s abstract lyrics about loneliness. St. Pete’s own bearded-bringer of sweet pop sounds, Jordan Esker, opens the show. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) INFO

Crystal Garden There’s no doubt that a legion of Bay area-based Dave Matthews Band fans travelled to Jacksonville for a May solo set by Dave Matthews , but they won’t have to log the miles for a taste of violinist Boyd Tinsley, who arrives at the listening space above Rock Brothers Brewing’s tasting room for a two-night stand in support of a debut LP, Let the Rocks Cry Out, which Boyd’s side project, Crystal Garden, released in March. Another show is set for July 29. (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

Galactic Empire w/Dangerkids Costumes are not mandatory, but obviously encouraged, when Star Wars cosplay band Galactic Empire brings a summer tour to Orpheum in support a self-titled album featuring metal covers of songs from the film series. CL photographer and Star Wars nerd Chris Rodriguez ranked his favorite songs from the LP, and you can read his list here. (The Orpheum, Ybor) CANCELLED

Bye Bye Birdie w/Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts Wanting a casual dose of the 50s? Well then you’re in luck. Historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater is hosting a three-night stand of the beloved 50s musical Bye Bye Birdie. Performing the Tony-winning play are summer enrollees of Ruth Eckerd Hall’s own Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts, which is one of the largest art educators in the country. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO —LJ Hilberath


Hiram Hazley + Le Jazz Trio w/Anthony Castellano (Ruby’s Elixir, St. Petersburg) INFO

Autumn June (Uncle Fat’s Tavern, Tampa) INFO

Jim Chambers Music Box Presents: Bucket Fire (Buckets Tavern & Tap, Tampa) INFO

Meg Shannon (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

Charlie Morris w/Tom Bell (House Show, Tampa) INFO

Gentlemen Army w/Slade & the Wasters/Johnny Two Chords (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

About The Authors

Mady Dudley

Mady Dudley is a born-and-raised "St. Petersburger." She received her bachelors degree in Editing, Writing and Media from Florida State University in May, 2018. Mady enjoys concerts, movies, rollerblading, theater, traveling, food, the company of dogs and spending time with family and friends. 

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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