Tonight in live music: Pre-Fest 2, Watsky

Concerts this Wed., Oct. 29

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Today's most noteworthy shows include the launch of the second Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor and alt hip-hop star Watsky. More info below...


Watsky with Kyle, Anderson Park In “Whoa Whoa Whoa,” San Francisco slam poet/rapper (George) Watsky flexes his verbal muscles as he spouts verses mixing literary vocabulary, quirky-nasty humor and sharp pop culture and social commentary while showing off his quicksilver flow and knack for piecing rhymes together with seeming effortlessness: “I'm a phenomenon, and I gotta bring pain in The Octagon / When I wanna spit game at a soccer mom / I get it quicker than the left lane in the Autobahn, fast / Like Ramadan, and I battle young padawans all the damn day.” Watsky originally rose to fame via a viral YouTube video (“Pale Kid Raps Fast”) and to date, his YouTube channel has upwards of 60 million views. This date supports third studio album All You Can Do. 7 p.m., State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $15.

Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor 2 Last year’s lead-in to Gainesville’s venerable and beloved punk-stuffed Fest was such a success that organizers decided on a redux. The two-day affair whets the appetites of music fans headed a few hours north and serves the rest who just can’t make the trek. We don’t have enough space here to list all the acts performing — there are upwards of 75 spread over seven stages — but there are plenty of highlights. Among the performers tonight: Dads, Restorations, A Wilhelm Scream, Laura Palmer, Vacation and Caves. Click here to see the full schedule. Wed.-Thurs., Oct. 29-30, 5 p.m. daily.Crowbar, Market on 7th, New World Brewery, Orpheum, Tequilas, Ybor City, $50 two-day pass (single-day and single-venue passes also available), thefestfl.com/prefest. 

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