Lots of good music headed our way as we hit Spring in Central Florida, as March wraps up with a ton of great shows.
Tonight, Friday March 23rd, it’s Ohio’s Lovedrug at Backbooth. They are playing in support of their excellent new album – read our review here: Wild Blood review. Cretin will be there to review the show. You can also check out Cretin’s interview with Lovedrug’s Michael Sheppard here.
For you 70’s Rock And Roll Animals – the Guess Who are at Epcot all weekend. Those shows are typically fun, but do require park admission.
On Saturday, it’s Alternative rockers Blue October at House of Blues, and more interesting to me, Chuck Ragan playing “The Revival Tour” at The Social. We saw Ragan open up for Social Distortion in November, and he put on a great show. His album, Covering Ground was also in our Top albums of 2011. The guys are in Jacksonville at Jack Rabbit’s the following night.
On Monday, it’s Atlanta’s The Black Lips at The Social, and they are supporting their latest album Arabia Mountain, and they are rumored to be fantastic live.
Thursday Hard Rock Live features Snow Patrol, and over at the main Hotel, it’s Hard Rock’s Velvet Sessions with Tonic; then they visit Williams Park in St. Petersburg on Saturday.
Friday 3/30, you HazelNuts can catch Sister Hazel at House of Blues. It’s the perfect-sized venue for the semi-local crew from Gainesville, who usually put on a good show.
Then on Saturday, The Red Hot Chili Peppers close out the month at the big house at Amway Center.
Friday – two different ends of the spectrum, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band playing at Tampa Bay Times Forum and the aforementioned Black Lips at Orpheum. We’ve seen Bruce many times, and he’s great live, but I’d be inclined to check out the Black Lips this day.
Sunday you can take a “Slow Ride” with Foghat at Screwy Louie’s Porpoise Pub.
Wednesday 3/28, it’s hot Alt-Rockers The Naked and Famous at State Theater in St. Pete.
Thursday, RHCP hits Tampa at the TImes Forum.
Friday, the 30th, Blue October hits the West Coast with a show at Jannus Live. All of The Parrotheads will be inland at the Ask-Gary Amphitheater in Tampa. Here’s our review of last month’s Buffet Show in Orlando to whet your appetite.
Enjoy the Rcok – Mike G.