Tonight in live music; YouTube sensation Froggy Fresh, Ari Chi LP release, Child Abuse, Joe Popp and more

Nappy Roots at Ferg's, too


Nappy Roots w/Natasha Cash You know where we love to see old-school southern hip-hop? The sports bar. Just kidding, but don’t let it stop you from checking out one of the subgenre’s most iconic acts (Nappy Roots, the guys responsible for “Awnaw”) play a low-key set in downtown Tampa. (Ferg’s Live, Tampa) INFO

Froggy Fresh w/Purr Purr Purr/79 Sorcery Half a decade after his viral hit "The Baddest" catapulted him to Internet infamy, Georgia rapper Froggy Fresh is coming to bring the promise of his millions of views to fans IRL. "I never met any of the fans," Fresh said in a recent video explaining how a television show is in the works. "I might as well do a little tour. We don't even know if people are gonna come. I feel like it's time to pull away the curtain from the character." In case you forgot, Mr. Fresh is the guy responsible for short guy anthem "The Baddest" — where Mr. Fresh speaks to celebs ("It's okay Beyonce, I think you're cute too"), lights farts on fire and rallies against guns — is arguably his most famous song, but other hits include "Dunked On," "Street Rangers," and "Best Friends." (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Child Abuse w/Golden Oriole/Permanent Makeup/Vacancy/Ethical Trash Don’t let the name alone turn you away. NYC grindcore trio Child Abuse have an uneasy brand of experimental noise rock to peddle at this show where a delightfully-revolting mix of jazz, metal and synth rock will test the true limits of your ability expand your musical pallette. Don’t say we didn’t warn, but don’t squeeze us too hard if you actually end up really enjoying this show. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) INFO

Florida Ameripolitan Fest w/Cottondale Swamp/Six Volt Rodeo/Giddy Up Go/Cadillac Bombers The first Ameripolitan fest ever brings the worlds of outlaw Americana (Cottondale Swamp), Gretsch-shred (Cadillac Bombers) and honky tonk (Giddy Up Go) together for a night of good ol’ home-cooked roots music. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Popp Over America w/John McNicholas/Scott Harrell Joe Popp, a formerly Bay-area based songwriter who’s now perennially on tour, is tapping a couple good friends — John McNicholas of Spiller and The Sunset District plus CL managing editor Scott Harrell who used to break hearts with Nessie — to come play a night of solo acoustic rock at the Palladium Side Door. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Ari Chi Color Fool LP Release Our favorite ukulele star is finally releasing her DEBUT album Color Fool on June 6. The official release party, however, is being held a few days later at The Attic Cafe in downtown Tampa. Ari Chi will be performing solo material from the new album, titled Color Fool. The Experience, fans will not only get a chance to hear new music from the Gibbs High alum, but take part in the experience. For only $15, you get a physical copy of the album, sticker, keychain and a canvas to paint alongside Ari as she plays. With free entry for kids, it’s a great opportunity for the family to get out and listen to music. At the end of the night, Ari Chi will be hosting a private viewing of her latest music video as well. (The Attic Cafe, Tampa) —LJ INFO



Jayceeoh w/Jaykode (Amphitheatre, Ritz Ybor) INFO


Trae Pierce & the T-stones (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO


Brews and Bites (The Sail, Tampa) INFO


Rock the Cure w/The Outpatients (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO


Tito El Bambino (Whiskey North, Tampa) INFO


Mallory and Kyah (The Vinoy, St. Petersburg) INFO

Florida Folk Scene no. 80 w/Emily Turnage/Alex Borst/Black Bear (Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg) INFO

LJ Hilberath

Franz “LJ” Hilberath is a Clearwater-native who contributes to Creative Loafing's Music section. He previously served as an intern and is now a freelance contributor for all things music.LJ can be found in the field reviewing concerts and music festivals around the country, and also works interviews for both local...

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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