Tonight in live music; Ribfest kickoff, Kansas, Deafheaven, Someday River and more

The Lacs if you want country.

Someday River Watching Someday River’s Greyson Charnock loop guitar lines and run his voice through effects pedals is already a sight to see, but this free show is made even more appealing since it’s happening in Seminole Heights’ quirkiest restaurant. The Orlando/St. Pete based trio just premiered a Ryan Scanlan-directed video for “Cave” via Impose Magazine, and the clip’s sparkling, bokeh-ed aesthetic mirrors the band’s ethereal dance-pop sound. (Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa) INFO

Deafheaven w/Carcass/Inter Arma No one should be able to scream like George Clarke does. The Deafheaven frontman gets a lot of grief from black metal fundamentalists who say that the San Francisco-based outfit are posers who haven’t paid their dues, but the fact of the matter is that Clarke’s ear-piercing, guttural growl coupled with Deafheaven’s majestic marriage of metal and shoegaze did bring new fans to the spectrum, and that’s okay. A new album (New Bermuda, released last month) picks up where 2013’s Sunbather left off sonically, but its themes are much darker as Clarke & co. explore even more non-metal elements that even take the LP into pop territory every now and then (sorry haters). Bermuda shimmers, and if that’s un-black metal enough to get you to stay home, then go ahead and do that. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

Kansas Forty years ago, Kansas released Leftoverture, arguably their breakthrough (and weirdest ever) album, and if you’re only experience with the Topeka classic rockers involves the movie Old School, then you need to be at this show. You’ll get hits (“Carry On My Wayward Son,” “What’s On My Mind”), but you’ll also get to see bonafide legends word through one of the strangest things they ever recorded, "Magnum Opus," an eight-minute, five-part suite that falls a little short of genius, but rock smack on top of the kind of classic rock we wish the played on the radio. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

November 11-13, Ribfest w/Huey Lewis and the News/The Doobie Brothers/Greg Billings Band/more Welp, it’s beautiful outside again, and we’re hungry. Lucky for us (and anyone who needs to spend time with dad before the holidays), Ribfest is taking over the nice green space just off Beach Drive. Organizers are going straight country on Sunday (Parmalee, Chris Young), but the best of the lineup brings classic rock fans a lot good (Huey Lewis ampersand the) news as it includes New York’s favorite harmonica player (ol’ Hugh), Blackberry Smoke, The Doobie Brothers and more. A full schedule is available at, and if you even so much as scoff about having to pay extra for the award-winning ribs from Tennessee, Ohio and South Carolina, then remember that this party has given $4.6 million to kids charities over the last couple decades. (Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg) INFO

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: Songs of the Sea Benjamin Britten, Jake Heggie, Sir Edward Elgar, and the one and only Claude-Achille Debussy get the attention this weekend as Michael Francis conducts the Florida Orchestra (joined by mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and Anne Martindale Williams, on violoncello. It’s the first time the orchestra is showcasing Heggie’s “The Work at Hand,” which is built around poetry written by Laura Morefield during her battle with cancer. The Straz Center in Tampa hosts the Friday show with Saturday and Sunday performances set for Mahaffey Theater (St. Pete) and Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater), respectively. Visit for more info.


Liquid Stranger w/Bleep Blopp/Perkulator/Shlump (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

The Lacs w/Moonshine Band/Hard Target (Dallas Bull, Tampa) INFO

Jeremy Thomas Band (Ruby’s Elixir, St. Petersburg) INFO

Adult Books w/Killmama/Sad Shibas(The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

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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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