Tonight in live music; punks at Pokey's, Twinkle Time for the kiddies, Pig Jig & more

Pig in the park and then punk rock across the street right after that. Bunny at the bar, kids music for all ages, eyeliner rock, EDM and even the Genitorturers. Hip hop, R&B and Serbian surf rock are all covered, and there are at least two shows on here where hula hoops are appropriate.

It is the most gorgeous weather day in a long time. If you see us on the streets, let's hug it out.

Pig Jig w/O.A.R./A Thousand Horses/Born Ruffians/Carson McHone/The Weeks/Allen Hunt/Southern Train/Ethan Parker Band Hundreds of thousands of dollars. That’s what Tampa Pig Jig — now in its sixth year — raises annually for NephCure Kidney International, the world’s only nonprofit committed to finding a cure for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). The rare condition is a cause of kidney disease in teens and adults and the leading cause of adult kidney failure. Six years ago, Pig Jig was unknowingly born when a group of friends, who wanted to raise money for the cause after their friend was diagnosed with FSGS, started charging a cover at a backyard barbecue. To date, those pals have raised over one million dollars for the cause. These days the circle of friends is much, much larger, and this weekend that barbecue happens in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park and Kiley Garden. INFO

Irish Handcuffs (Germany) w/Porno Party/Slade & the Wasters It has begun. Pre-Fest is happening in Ybor City next week, and punk bands from all over the world are arriving in the Sunshine State as they ready themselves for that party (as well as the grand bacchanal in Gainesville next weekend. Irish Handcuffs are coming strong from Deutschland with very special, no-need-translation brand of melodic punk rock. They'll be joined Bay area outfits Porno Party and Slade and the Wasters. Pokey's is a new-ish downtown watering stop with great eats, and it's just across the street from Pig Jig (see above), so this looks to be a prime post-party option. Listen to Irish Handcuffs contribution to a Friend or Pho comp above. (Pokey's Pub, Tampa) INFO

Metro Station w/Palace Royale/the Strive If you’ve been feeling a little nostalgic for better days when the Orange Man and Lady Lizard were (slightly) less annoying than they are today, then Metro Station is here to take you back to a better time — 2007. After what seemed like an eternity-long hiatus after its seemingly overnight success, the duo came out with the album Savior in 2015 and is back on track to pick up right where it left off. The Strive, known for putting on high energy show, will kick off the night with its pop punk vibes that are sure to set the mood for an epic night. Heavy eyeliner and teased hair are not required for entry, but we’re sure they’re both strongly encouraged. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO — Kelly Smith

Twinkle Time Normally it’s the kids who can’t understand the full meaning of the words behind the music aimed at them. For this show, everyone (except for the Spanish speakers) might be left in the dark. Twinkle Time is a bi-lingual pop singer who was on USA Network’s Sanchez of Bel Air series as well as NBC’s My 2 Dads. She opened for Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys during her time with all-girl act Nobody’s Angel, and now spends her days bringing a Peruvian-flavored take on kids rock across the country. Her show is famously hyper-color, and if you eat some space cake, then you’ll probably trip out as hard as your kids will for this one. See what we mean below. (Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

The Rosewoods If you’ve yet to be graced with Kristina White’s chops, then don’t let The Rosewoods’ October 22nd performance at Ruby’s Elixr in St. Pete pass you by. This classic rock band packs its punch with sultry guitar chords and sinister melodies. Since 2011 this youthful group has been bringing nothing but heart to their sets and it’s only natural to wonder what epic shit they’re destined to write in the future. (Ruby’s Elixr, St. Petersburg) INFO — Kelly Smith

Igor and Red Elvises w/Shevonne We’ll take any excuse to check out the Red Elvises, and having them team up with Igor Yuzov is as good a reason as any. Be ready for a whole lot of Serbian surf-rock if you show for this one (who knew they surfed in Serbia) and show up early to watch Shevonne work through a blues-rock sound she’s been working on since the ripe old age of five. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Beats By The Bay w/Maze featuring Frankie Beverly/Ginuwine/Joe and Monica/August Alsina/Fat Joe /&/ Rumba 106.5 FM Festival Orgullo Latino They should’ve just called it iHeartRadio weekend at Vinoy Park. On Saturday and Sunday, two of the radio conglomerate’s Tampa Bay stations — long-running 95.7 FM The Beat and seven-month-old Spanish tropical station Rumba 106.5 FM — take over the big green space in downtown St. Petersburg. Saturday welcomes R&B legends Frankie Beverly (performing with Maze), Monica, Joe and Ginuwine (you know you still jam to “Pony”) as well as hip-hop stars past and present (Fat Joe, August Alsina), while Sunday promises to be even more ready to dance thanks to Guayama, Puerto Rico-born headliners reggaeton duo Plan B. Orgullo Latino (“Latino Pride” for non Rosetta Stone subscribers) also features New York’s Bachata Heightz (take a guess as to what dance they’ll invoke), Nicaruaguan crooner Luis Enrique, Boricua merengue trio Limi-T 21, and 20-year-old Dutch X-Factor sensation Rolf Sanchez who’s been a steady presence on the Billboard charts since his salsa banger “Por No Te Vuelvo A Ver” hit No. 1 last summer. More information is available at Oct. 22 & 23, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg — INFO


The YeahTones/Funny Bunny/Fast Talkers (New World Brewery, Ybor City) INFO

Zebra (Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo) INFO

Genitorturers (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

Whitney James w/James Suggs (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Hey Monea (Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg) INFO

Mat Zo (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Rocktober w/NoNameRyder/GreyMarket/MikeMass/Gat & Chris (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Displace (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

The Zipheads w/Switchblade Villain/The Hot Rock Trio/Little Sheba and the Shamans (The Local 662, St. Petersburg) INFO

Darsombra w/Somatic/Lilith/Vallam/more (Venture Compound, St. Petersburg) INFO

About The Authors

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...

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith is a senior at The University of Tampa and a social media strategist and contributor at Taylor Media. Her work has been featured in The Minaret, Neon, Suburban Apologist, and other publications. She is a mom to a Shar-Pei named Wrigley and claims to be a Tampa enthusiast.
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