Live in Pinellas, June 24-28

June 23, 2017 by DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS
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LA Guns on 10/13/88 in Chicago, Il. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)

Swampy but finally sunny weather and a swamped schedule this week. Here’s a noteworthy sampling:

On Saturday, June 24, the powerful and jazzy Ari & the Alibis hit the Hideaway Café because jazz is good for the soul — especially originals.

Eighties fans can have their glam back at the State Theater, where L.A. Guns will rip and tear.  

Also that night the third annual Blitz 3 festival at the Local 662  brings a scourge of alt-rock-to-metal bands, among them AEGEA and Polar Summer. One of the last of the last of the last shows there; thank gentrification for this great venue closing.

We continue the psychedelic Caturday explorations with Antelope, a Phish tribute band at the Dunedin Brewery. Both band names refer to animals; one a furry mammal, the other a bestial misspelling of a cartilaginous water animal, but that’s not the point.

In Largo, blues diva Betty Fox drops some soul into the Guinness at Finley’s Irish Pub. She has one of the most captivating voices in Florida. There’s what’s sure to be a jaw-dropping performance by all-time favorite soul-movers Rebekah Pulley Band at the good ol’ Ale and the Witch. Sweet and twangy sounds which can be heard again at Cage Brewing Monday at 8 p.m. Enjoy more twang and ramble that same evening with Dirty Rotten Snake in the Grass at TapHouse 61. It’s a punkish bluegrass with clear country blues undertones and a clever name. What else do you want?

The Porch Sessions (TPS)

For our Designated Tampa Show™ this weekend, we recommend The Porch Sessions at the Above the Salt Cafe. The sultry progressive instrumental outfit returns after a one-year hiatus with a new drummer. Tampa’s beloved moody post punk heroes Radarmen? follow around 10-10:30 p.m.  

On Sunday, June 25 celebrate St. Pete Pride at the Hideaway with ebullient pop from emerging alterna-pop act Chasing Jonah (pictured at top) which might remind you of the Cranberries with atmospheric ephemera. A little Chasing Jonah trivia: Their track “War Paint” was featured on the CWB series Lucifer. Folk-pop songstress Eden Shireen opens the show at 1 p.m. at the bar/cafe in the Grand Central District, home to the 2017 St. Pete Pride Celebration.

Capping it all of on Tuesday, June 27, the last hip-hop show at

Lil Tracy

the Local 662LightsOut Booking say they’re bringing us Lil Tracywho will deliver his smooth flow and craft a suggestive sports car metaphor as “This Year.” XXL  says he belongs to the Gothboyclique and has collaborated with Lil Peep.

Mark Castle -- Pop Star Illusionist Extraordinaire
June Arts News Roundup

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