Live in Pinellas — July 15-16
A bevy of styles can be enjoyed Saturday and Sunday with bands all ages and decibels making our list. Be sure to check David Morris’ 5 Things to Do for some of the choicest acts this weekend. Here’s what he didn’t cover:
When I’m 64 brings us a cream-of-the-crop-of-all-time guitarist gearing up for his big 64th birthday with fans and former bandmates from The Headlights, Uncle Johns Band and the Lesser Gods. Steve Connelly is a nationally recognized producer and “primo Tampa Bay guitar slinger.” In the 1970s “The Headlights jangly Americana pop resonated far beyond Tampa Bay, earning them $20,000 in a nationwide band battle and the chance to record at Willie Nelson’s ranch. Legendary local and Byrds’ frontman Roger McGuinn loved the Headlights so much he hired them as his backing band; together, they played for Johnny Carson and opened for acts like ZZ Top and the Dead.”
Also Saturday, O Som Do Jazz is going to captivate at the Iberian Rooster with their unique blend of Brazilian samba, bossa nova & MPB. Starting Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Manson, the sextet plays the best music of Brazil. Enjoy a delicious Portuguese fusion dinner upstairs, then come downstairs around 9 pm to Subcentral at the Iberian Rooster for some quality jazz.
Good old boy Bill Blackburn is doing his rounds in the sunshine state, live at The Honu in Dunedin this time. So have some seafood ambrosia and enjoy your favorite acoustic version of a top 40 hit. I’m sure Bill knows how to play it, anything from Eric Clapton, Hendrix or the classics to newer acts like Matchbox Twenty or White Stripes. Blackburn carries a very diverse playlist from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Neptune Lounge proudly brings the local music and an art scene together with Tarpon Spring Collective putting up a hell of a show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a plethora of talent performing, including St. Pete indie “band of brothers” Orion, Tarpon Springs experimental rockers Green Haven and Lil Tiny, a rap act from Spring Hill and many others. All for just a Lincoln at the door, plus unique vendors like Goat House Records.
Our friends at Black Crow Coffee Co are having a musical open mic tomorrow. They invite all musicians to come and play a bit. There’s an in-house piano, guitar and PA system. Both covers and originals are welcome, and what’s better than pastries and music and good coffee? The show starts at 7 p.m.
The Dunedin Smokehouse is hosting a night of swing dancing rockabilly party with the The Hot Rod Hornets starting at 8 p.m. Dive head first after 10pm Saturday evening at Bauser’s where they are having a hell of a barnburner, YEEEEHHHAAAAAWWW!!!! And concurrent birthday celebrations. Hosted by 6 Volt Rodeo
3 Daughters Brewing spreads some love with The Applebutter Express Duo, musicians that know their way around pure acoustic Bluegrass. Their ditties are so contagious you won’t be able to stop your bones from swinging’ and shaking. This is an early show starting at 1:30 p.m., but don’t make early lunch plans because Riddle on the Griddle will be there to feed the needs of the masses with handcrafted grilled cheese with unique fillings. A dog- and family-friendly event.
A relatively young and modern ska band with horns and catchy tunes, the Streetlight Manifesto step off their Somewhere in the Between Tour to visit Jannus Live on Sunday; doors open at 7 p.m. Daddy Kool Records has tickets, so come join the mosh pit or enjoy some wild tunes from the balcony.
We end with our Designated Tampa Show™. The Independent Bar and Café presents Latin folk guitarist singer songwriter Acho Brother around 6:30 p.m. His fiery rhythms and enthralling lyrics will seduce you whether or not you know Spanish. Plus the outside porch space at the Indie is so inviting with hanging lights and a cozy backyard atmosphere, and a superb selection of real beer.