Tonight in live music: Romeo Santos, The Murder Junkies, Doctor P & more

Concerts happening this Fri., June 19

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Ernie Rodriguez
Romeo Santos

A breakdown of concerts happening this Fri., June 19.


Romeo Santos He’s not just any Latin singer, songwriter, producer and all-around talented dude. Romeo Santos has been crowned ‘King of Bachata,’ making a name for himself leading Adventura and fusing the traditional Dominican Republic sounds with pop and hip hop before launching his solo career. He’s since delivered six No. 1 hits on the U.S. Hot Latin Tracks charts, two of those crossing over onto the Billboard Hot 100 and featuring Usher (“Promise” in 2011) and Drake (“Odio” in 2014). The latter has Drake singing in Spanish and dropping a few brassy verses in English against Santos’ own high-toned velvety epsañol croons; its lyric video has 117 million views on YouTube. Even if you or I aren’t hip to Santos, this arena-size date behind his 2014 sophomore album Formula, Vol. 2 speaks volumes to the size of his fanbase here. (Amalie Arena, Tampa)

Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl DaSilva hails from Ft. Lauderdale and he and his three-piece serve up grimy, boogie-blasted blues rock with influences ranging from ZZ Top (“Boogie Real Low” off 2014 second album Durty Howlin’ Blues is a dead-ringer for “La Grange” but with a faster tempo and effected vocals), to the Black Crowes (cuts like “Hangin’ On” have a hard-grooving Southern appeal). (Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg)

The Murder Junkies GG Allin, the late self-hating, self-mutilating and aggressively indulgent punk rock degenerate of such renown, cycled through many bands before his accidental drug overdose in 1993, the last being The Murder Junkies. His repertoire and indomitable spirit live on through the NYC quartet, which performs Allin material along with their own strident originals. (Fubar, St. Petersburg)

Doctor P with Dirtyphonics English dubstep and bass music DJ/producer Shaun Brockhurst is Doctor P, and while he hasn’t had much play via traditional means, he’s building up a fanbase via YouTube with tracks like “The Pit,” a bouncing womp-and-whirr-fueled hip-hop-flavored cut featuring Method Man, and via his association with Flux Pavilion; he and the EMD artist are childhood friends and co-founders of the reputable Circus Records. Dirtyphonics is a DJ trio from Paris repped by Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label, and their sound is as filthy as the name implies, 2015 Write Your Future EP verging from drum n’ bass into blown-out trap and darkstep territories with guests like rapper Trinidad James and metal vocalist Matt Rose. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)

Dave Larue Trio with George Pennington Band He’s clocked time as a permanent member of Dixie Dregs and Steve Morse Band since the late ’80s, which seems to have rubbed off on Dave Larue’s more recent time slinging virtuoso bass with Flying Colors, a supergroup with the Morse brothers (Steve and Neal), Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy and Casey McPherson of Alpha Rev. This is date features his solo band. (Brass Mug, Tampa)

Jefe Presents: Alexander and the Grapes, Sun Signs, Ninehorn, Downcast A free Friday night music showcase featuring sets by earnest, emotive, driving and tumbling indie rock quartet Alexander and the Grapes, which are currently putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2013’s Hemispheres; experimental rock quartet Sun Signs, their own unexpectedly hooky sounds dosed in snarly discordance and guitar riffage and the majority of their songs named after astrological signs (we dig “Capricorn”); Ninehorn, a fresh outfit composed of members of the Grapes, Empire Cinema, and Sun Signs, brewing thick, crunchy grooves, while Downcast stands as the bills sole out-of-towner, from Jonesboro, Ga., their dark and forlorn propulsion shadowed in emo, punk and light hardcore influences (Crowbar, Ybor City)

ALSO TONIGHT
Ben Prestage
 Green Bench Brewing, St. Petersburg
Troy Youngblood & Soulfish Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa
BayFolk Iron Mike’s Pub, Tampa
Brandon Dinh Mermaid Tavern, Tampa
Come Back Alice Ringside Café, St. Petersburg
The Real Clash Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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