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 Cafí© 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. æ
Also that night the third annual Blitz 3 festival at the Local 662 æbrings 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 thatäó»s not the point.
In Largo, blues diva Betty Fox drops some soul into the Guinness at Finleyäó»s Irish Pub. She has one of the most captivating voices in Florida. Thereäó»s whatäó»s sure to be a jaw-dropping performance by all-time favorite soul-movers Rebekah Pulley Band at the good oläó» Ale and the Witch. Sweet and twangy sounds which can be heard again at Cage BrewingæMonday at 8 p.m. Enjoy more twang and ramble that same evening with Dirty Rotten Snake in the Grass at TapHouse 61. Itäó»s a punkish bluegrass with clear country blues undertones and a clever name. What else do you want?
For our Designated Tampa Showä¢ 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 heroesæRadarmen? follow around 10-10:30 p.m. æ
On Sunday, June 25 celebrate St. Pete Pride at the Hideaway with ebullient pop from emerging alterna-pop act Chasing Jonah (pictured at top)æwhich 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 songstressæEden 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,æthe last hip-hop show at
the Local 662.æLightsOut Booking say they’re bringing us Lil Tracy,æwho will deliver his smooth flow and craft a suggestive sports car metaphor as äóìThis Year.äó XXL æsays he belongs to the Gothboyclique and has collaborated with Lil Peep.