Tonight in live music; Robert Randolph at the Cap, Rock the Park, C0mputer at Microgroove and more

Deconstructing the Beatles, plus Dan Padilla & friends in downtown Tampa.

✔️ = Critic's Pick

✔️  Robert Randolph and the Family Band w/Jessica Hernandez Clapton and Carlos Santana absolutely love Robert Randolph (a 2004 DVD featuring Randolph slinging searing sacred steel at Clapton’s Crossroads Festival is a must-watch), and while the 40-year-old Jersey boy still doesn’t fill arenas the way his older admirers do, you’ve got to think that he’s on his way. The music festival favorite will be headed to Memphis for a Mempho Festival 14-person superjam featuring Oteil Burbridge, Steve Kimock and Eric Krasno after this gig at the Capitol Theatre, and we can’t imagine that Randolph will ever play a room this small again. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

Kublai Khan w/No Zodiac/Left Behind/I Am If you need proof about Kublai Khan’s place in a crowded metalcore scene, then listen to “B.C” from its brand new LP, Nomad (released September 29). On it the Texas-based Rise Records signees churn up big riffs and neck-snapping breakdowns while frontman Matt Honeycutt rails against the use of religion to justify slavery and erase cultural identities across the globe and history. There are a lot of bands operating in the same space as Kublai Khan these days (and this Thursday bill is crowded as well), but these guys lay waste to most everyone around. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

St. Petersburg Opera: Evenings/Mornings With the Maestro Ever wish an expert would explain opera to you? You’re in luck with this one, where St. Petersburg Opera artistic director Mark Sforzini spends an evening laying it down in Pinellas Park. More of a Beach Drive kind of person? Sforzini does it again on Friday at the MFA. More information is available via (Music Gallery, Pinellas Park) INFO

✔️  Rock The Park w/Kevin Maines and The Volts/Sam E Hues/The Sara Rose Band Kevin Maines won’t have to travel too far to get to downtown Tampa’s free, monthly outdoor concert, but we can bet that the Orlando-based bluesman will have to take several return trips once this town gets a load of the fiery (“Kerosene”), sometimes soulful (“Shot Her Down”) and organ-laden (“I’ll Be Good Come Sunday Morning”) rock and roll he’s laying down on his American Hustle EP. BOTB-winning emcee Sam E Hues opens the BYOB and pet-friendly show along with Bay area honky tonk specialists Sara Rose Band. (Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa) INFO

C0mputer w/Plastisol/Vacancy Members of Philadelphia’s Vivian K have formed another band (C0mputer — yup, that’s a zero), and on Friday it brings the grinding noise and thrash of a June cassette (how the neobrutalists won the west) to Seminole Heights’s Microgroove record shop (a BOTB-winner) for a show alongside Tampa sludge rockers Vacancy and St. Pete-based two-drummer band Plastisol. It’s $5, not free or pay-what-you-want either, fool. (Microgroove, Tampa) INFO

Sgt. Pepper turns 50 — Is it The Beatles' most important album?

✔️  Deconstructing The Beatles w/Scott Freiman/Touch The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band turned 50 years old a few months ago, but USF composer and musician Scott Freiman wants to take a closer look at the album for this lecture. Be ready for a deep dive into the idiosyncrasies of the recording and writing process, but also get there early to see Touch — an iPad band from the university — open the show. (Tampa Theatre, Tampa) INFO

Dan Padilla/Moose Masseuse/Navin Ave. When you’re done with The Beatles at Tampa Theatre, get a little smoke in your hair by heading two doors down to The Hub, where cats with guns probably won’t be riding unicorns in front of a rainbow (as the show’s online description teases). What will go down, however, are some rowdy rock tunes care of a trio of well-loved Tampa acts that play everything from folk-rock to poetry-as-punk rock and roll. No cover means one extra drink before the Lyft ride home. (The Hub Bar, Tampa) INFO

Tampa Bay Brewing Co.'s Friends Fest celebrates Bay area bands with signature craft beers

Oktoberfest 2017 w/Voodoo Visionary/NoNeed/Rise of Saturn/Antelope: A Tribute to Phish/Grass Is Dead/Displace/DJ 45Revolver It’s the first weekend in October, and that means Dunedin Brewery’s annual Oktoberfest celebration is on. It’s free entry through Sunday, and highlights on the celebration’s musical menu include Atlanta area psychofunk five-piece Voodoo Visionary (playing Thursday when the liter steins are released) and a Saturday set from Antelope, a homegrown Phish tribute band featuring members of Cope, Boxcar Hollow, Juanjamon Band and the Funky Seeds. A full schedule is available on (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO


Hollywood Undead w/Butcher Babies (State Theatre Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

USF Symphonic Band: For the Beauty of the Earth (Concert Hall Stage at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

Love and Solidarity: a show to benefit Dream Defenders (SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO


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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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