Tonight in live music; Skipper's helps vets, John Tesh, Gregorian chant and more

John Tesh swaggin'

Tampa Crossroads Fundraiser w/Damon Fowler Group/more Skipper's Smokehouse — a veteran-owned business— is in the giving mood tonight with a lineup of blues and rock that hopes to help veterans in need.

"Last year, we were told that there were twelve families left for 'adoption' just two weeks out from Christmas. We adopted all twelve and provided Christmas meals, household goods and gift cards for them." Cricket Larson, told CL. "We knew this year, we wanted to get the broader community involved in helping Skipper’s help these folks out. We are hoping to collect $10,000."

Larson heads marketing, public relations and events at Skipper's and said that she was moved to tears last year when given the list of the twelve families and what the families were made up of. "Moms, Dads, babies, teens, it is unconscionable to me that in 2016 we have honorably discharged veterans and their families who are homeless – the very people who were willing to sacrifice it all so that people like me could rest well each night in my own home."

"I feel strongly that there is no reason that an honorably discharged member of the United States military should be homeless," she added, "and in turn, Tom White (Lt Col, USAF) and Skipper’s Smokehouse vow to do our part to help our community band together in support of these fine veterans." (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

A Bash For Bill w/Troy Youngblood/IngridClark/JCT 27/more Ten bands come together to help raise money for local artist Bill LaGrandier who has been fighting cancer since September 2015. The lineup leans heavy on folk and Americana, but dips into blues and rock & roll, too. (New World Brewerym, Ybor City) INFO

Florida Pro Musica: Gregorian Chant XIV Now in its 14th year, this performance finds a Catholic mass being delivered in Latin while Larry Kent directs vocalists in a performance of Gregorian chants (think melodic, sort of monophonic meditation) within the walls of one of the area’s more beautiful sanctuaries. (Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tampa) INFO

John Tesh Hey mom, isn’t that the guy from Entertainment Tonight? It sure is Jimmy, it sure is. Before you laugh off this holiday appearance from the 64-year-old television tabloid host and radio personality, consider the fact that his first onstage experience was with Yanni back in the late 80s. That might not mean a lot to you depending on your tastes, but the fact won’t be lost on the soft-rock fans that’ll likely pack this show at the hyper-intimate Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street district. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO


Ol' Dirty Sundays w/Jameson Crate Mates/DJ Casper/DJ Fader (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Your Arsenal: A Celebration of Morrissey, The Smiths, new wave, indie and punk (C. 1949, Tampa) INFO

Peace Concert Series w/ChoRuss (Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, Clearwater) INFO

Eckerd College Concert Choir (Wireman Chapel at Eckerd College, Clearwater) INFO

Red Rain: The Music of Peter Gabriel and Tori Amos w/Jeremy Douglass/Whitney James (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Friends of Fil Bewitching Holiday Jazz Courtyard Classic Show (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

Stefano Noferini w/Sherif& Diego/JPala/Jason Rault/ZacHunter/Yibn (Push Ultra Lounge, St. Petersburg) INFO

Jeff Stice (Crossroads Baptist Church, Palm Harbor) INFO

Rebekah Pulley & the Reluctant Prophets (Independent Bar and Cafe, Tampa) INFO 

About The Author

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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