Just another ridiculously spectacular music weekend here in the Tampa Bay area. How ridiculous, you ask? Lemme tell you ‘bout it.
Perpetual Groove and DJ K-Slat | Crowbar
It’s been a while since Brock Butler and his P-Groovy mates have been to Tampa. They always blow it up, and they really like The Crowbar!
The Tony Tyler Band and Joose | Ringside
Expect lots of guests tonight, including master harmonica player Isaac Corbitt. And Joose is the amazing band with Christian Ryan, Mark Mayea, Taylor Gilchrist and Yral ‘datdudeondrums’ Morris who covered Herbie Hancock’s Thrust so magnificently!
Sage Francis w/ DiViNCi, Jon Ditty & DJ 45Revolver | Dunedin Brewery
The HubbTones | Daiquiri Shack
Check out my feature on this incredible quintet, redefining the term ‘cover band.’
Victor Wainwright & WildRoots | Dunedin Brewery
Shane Meade (early) | The Ale and the Witch
Damon Fowler (later) | The Ale and the Witch
The Mellow Relics and The Reality | Dunedin Brewery
Serotonic | The Independent
Displace, NoNeed and Row Jomah | Skipper’s Smokehouse
This will be a very special night as Displace returns to Tampa action along with NoNeed, both highlighting excellent recent album releases. And Row Jomah is always deluxe.
Holey Miss Moley, Flat Land, The Juanjamon Band and Ajeva | The Blueberry Patch
This is a special Hometeam New Year’s Rally Pre-party, and it will be a trip for sure!
shoeless soul | Ka’Tiki
What a perfect way to spend an early Sunday afternoon at the beach with shoeless soul!
Betty Fox Band w/ special guests Damon Fowler & Danielle Nicole | The Ale and the Witch
The Stanley Clarke Band | Central Park PAC (formerly Largo Cultural Center)
Here is what I wrote when Stanley and company played Wanee last April:
And then it was REALLY time for jazz: Stanley Clarke! I’ve been seeing Clarke since 1975. He is one of the kings of the bass. As I worked my way to the Peach, he and his two keyboard players and spectacular 20-year-old drummer were loving on “Good Bye Pork Pie Hat,” Charles Mingus’ elegy to Lester Young. Then it was straight into “School Days,” with Clarke demonstrating to the unfamiliar just why he is THE MAN.
After a fun sing-along tune (“Whoa Yeah!”), the quartet left the stage, early, it seemed. When they came back, Clarke, who had been playing electric, picked up his double bass. With that, the keyboard players and drummer led into… “No Mystery!” Seriously! It was just so wonderful. Keyboard player stage left was on a grand piano; keyboard player stage right had several, but for this he was playing an electric piano that sounded almost like vibes.
STRAIGHT OUTTA JAZZVILLE…
Don’t make me come get you to hear live music — get off your ass and jam!