Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tonight in live music: CL Music Issue Release Party, Kiss with Def Leppard, Virgil Donati

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

This Hump Day proves to be a rather eclectic one, as far as live music goes. Check out what's happening tonight...

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Creative Loafing Music Issue Launch Party with Zulu Wave, Funny Bunny, Primitive Campers feat. Rich Whitely & Fil Pate, Mountain Holler x Ophelia CL’s annual Music Issue is right around the corner (it comes out tomorrow!!), and we’re throwing a shindiggy at New World tonight with a specially curated lineup of bands playing in honor of its launch. Included in the lineup: a mash-up of two solo folk-hewn artists, Mountain Holler with Ophelia; a newer roots-jammy outfit driven by the guitar and mandolin of Rich Whiteley and Fil Pate; sweetly psychedelic trio Funny Bunny, featuring co-vocals by husband-and-wife team Aaron Lepley (bass) and Kim Stein Lepley (guitar); and a stripped-back (less a member) but still fiery and bombastic version of Zulu Wave. The first 50 people in the door will get a CL tote bag (what?!?), we'll be hosting a drawing with prizes that include a pair of tickets to Interpol (courtesy of No Clubs) and a $50 Microgroove Gift Certificate

Come out early and enjoy some barbecue. Then get ready to party. For free. Here's the Facebook event invite so you can confirm. 7-11 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City. [More events after the jump...]

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  • Kiss, duh.
KISS with Def Leppard, Kobra and the Lotus Two bands spawned in the 1970s come together for a mega tour and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t have at least passing interest in one or the other. There’s a whole 1999 comedy about four luckless teens trying to get into a KISS concert, and even if it Detroit Rock City didn’t do so well at the box office, it earned cult-beloved status from real fans of the hard-rock vets and new Rock & Roll Hall of fame inductees, which are still known for putting on elaborate eye-dazzling stage shows in full iconic black-and-white make-up and skin-tight comic book/sci-fi regalia. Def Leppard brings the British flavor, glam-splashed pop-metal grind and a hits catalog that includes classic rock radio staples like “Love Bites,” “Hysteria,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Photograph.” 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa.

Virgil Donati with Art Ilect, John Wesley Australia’s prog leader Virgil Donati is a technically inclined jazz-trained beat master who got his first pair of drumsticks at age 3 and signed to his first major label by 15. His best known band is metal-jazz fusion group Planet X, but Donati — whose unique high-speed chops and versatile polyrhythmic capabilities are frequently featured in Modern Drummer — also rolls solo, and on this tour backs his third LP, the self-released In This Life. He’s joined by three young players — bassist Anthony Crawford, keysman Isamu McGregor and guitarist André Nieri. 7 .m., Brass Mug, Tampa.

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