Tonight in live music: Polyenso Album Release Party, Samantha Fish + more

A look at some concerts happening this Fri., April 1, along with a peek at the live music weekend ahead.

click to enlarge Polyenso - James Lano
James Lano

It's a fine night of live music on this first night in April. Take a look at the breakdown of highlights below, then peep what's coming up this weekend.

Polyenso Album Release Party
In “Let It Go” – the latest single off Polyenso’s just-released Pure in the Plastic – breathy high-toned vocals wheel over vibrant layers of keyboard melodies and synth pulses that are studded with pitch-shifted vocal splices and plucked electric guitar, the overall atmosphere quiet ambient indietronica, while “Not My Real Life” has a more groove-jazz feel with vibes, percs, horns, a funky rubber-band bassline and slinky rhythmic pulse highlighted by bedroom falsetto vocals. Before Polyenso plays these and select other cuts for thousands at the Shakey Knees Music Fest in Atlanta this May (Jane’s Addiction headlines), the St. Pete-based indie trio (Brennan Taulbee, Denny Agosto and Alexander Schultz) throw a proper all-ages release party at their own performance space tonight. Admission is $12. (Paper Crane, St. Petersburg)

Samantha Fish Rarely do album titles perfectly capture the essence of their namesake. Yet Wild Heart – the 2015 outing from Kansas native Samantha Fish – does just that. Set opener “Road Runner” is a breakup ode that refuses to feel sorry for itself. But no sooner has the last angry note rung out than Fish completely switches gears for the next track, “Place to Fall,” an unabashedly vulnerable plea for love. These starkly contrasting vibes set the stage for the rest of her album, which reveals just how wild and moody her heart truly is. Fish’s third LP was recorded in three different studios spanning Louisiana and Mississippi – an influence that can clearly be heard both in the grit and twang of her guitar. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) –Leanne Castro

African Children’s Choir A concert of dance and song – children's odes, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites by the youthful members of this choir supported by Music for Life, a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization that facilitates education, development, care and relief programs for the choir. Admission is free, though free will offerings are accepted and appreciated. (Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, Clearwater)

Alexander & the Grapes Album Release Party w/Emperor X/Jackson Davis & the Jackettes More info here. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Tribute to Louis Armstrong: James Suggs and Friends He’s paid tribute to Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Dizzy Gillespie with the finest of ease. Now, St. Pete trumpet sensation James Suggs honors another of his major influences, the great Satchmo. He’ll perform classics like “What a Wonderful World,” “A Kiss to Build a Dream On,” “Mack the Knife” and others as accompanied by guitarist Nate Najar, bassist John Lamb and drummer Mark Feinman, along with appearances by Marius Dicpectris (trombone, vocals), Bryan Hughes (vocals, clarinet, drums) and Allan Vache (clarinet). (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)

The Police & Sting Tribute Three super cool local songstresses – Rebekah Pulley, Iris Calling and Lisa Noe – play acoustic sets that feature their own distinctive takes on two or three songs by the artists in question along with some original material. (Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)

The Porch Sessions
(Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa
Highway To Hell - Tribute To AC/DC (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
Riptorn/Beerwolf/Abortion Twins/Shot (Brass Mug, Tampa
Ghastly Lookas (Amphitheatre, Ybor City
Hairapalooza! 2016 w/RATT/Firehouse/Trixter/Crush Tone/Edge Of Red (State Theatre, St. Petersburg
The Nth Power w/S.P.O.R.E. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin
SPC Heissler Organ Concert Series: Nathan Laube (SPC Music Center, St. Petersburg
Mosquito Teeth/Fleshreaper/Kill the Addict/Sibyls/210 (Fubar, St. Petersburg
Little Manatee River Jamfest w/Trae Pierce & T-Stone Band/Voodoo Visionary/Bath Salt Zombies/Marcus King Band/Bobby Lee Rodgers/many more (Fri.-Sat., April 1-2, Canoe Outpost, Wimauma)

Tampa Spring Jam Sat., April 2, USF Sun Dome, Tampa
Robin Trower w/Damon Fowler Sat., April 2, Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg
Duran Duran w/Chic Feat. Nile Rodgers Sat., April 2, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
Ry Cooder, Sharon White and Ricky Skaggs Sat., April 2, Ferguson Hall at Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa
Joey Bishop Benefit & Memorial Concert w/Stonegrey/The Defiant/Den Of Thieves/Kenny McGee's Machine/Crush Deluxe/The Luvdogz/Carnival Of Crue. Sat., April 2, State Theatre, St. Petersburg
Zach Deputy w/The Galbraith Group Feat. Danny Clemmons Sat., April 2, Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa
Bonerama Sat., April 2, Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg
Laidback Luke Sat., April 2, Amphitheatre, Ybor City
Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival: Andy Grammar Sat., April 2, Busch Gardens, Tampa
Pete Merrigan/Dave Williamson/Cormac McCarthy Sat., April 2, Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg
Melanie Martinez (Make-Up Date) Sat., April 2, The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City
The Bronx Wanderers Sat., April 2, Capitol Theatre, Clearwater
Local Noise Show 6 w/ Mingus Kingus/Nequam Sonitus/Rhetion/Trisma Sat., April 2, The Venture Compound, St. Petersburg
Rocket Man: A Tribute to Elton John Sat., April 2, Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, Pinellas Park
Florence K Sat., April 2, Largo Cultural Center, Largo
Ace Frehley w/Geoff Tate/Operation: Mindcrime Sat., April 2, Capitol Theatre, Clearwater
Four Star Riot CD Release Party Sat., April 2, Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin
Tampa Bay Premiere: Hair I Go Again at Gasparilla International Film Festival Sat., April 2, Muvico Ybor, Ybor City
3rd Annual Nerf or Nothin Spenjamin Bach/Pig Pen/Abortion Twins/The JPP Sat., April 2, Fubar, St. Petersburg
Listening Room Festival Main Showcase w/Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen/Suzie Vinnick/Tim and Myles Thompson/ Ryanhood/Peppino D’Agostino/Antsy McClain Sun., April 3, Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg
Junior Marvin’s Wailers w/Tribal Style Sun., April 3, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
Steinway Piano Series: Helen Krizos and Dharshini Tambiah + USF Percussion Ensemble Sun., April 3, Barness Recital Hall at USF-Tampa School of Music, Tampa
Dirty Bourbon River Show Sun., April 3, Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa
Dueling Pianos Sun., April 3, Largo Cultural Center, Largo
Tommy McCoy w/Theo Alexiou/Iron Mike Norton Sun., April 3, Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa


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