New Year’s Eve concert picks: Party on at the Ritz, party’s over at Fubar and more

DJs Benny Benassi and Bonnie X Clyde, hip-hop composers the Midnight Hour, an all-night rave near Gibsonton and a slew of local favorites lead the week in live music.
Published December 26 2018
Updated December 26 2018

Need last-minute plans this New Year’s Eve? Here are six shows to consider.

Jannus Live: Global fusionists the Hip Abduction and reggae-rockers Passafire perform at 8 p.m. 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25 and up. (727) 565-0550.

Crowbar: Electro-funk producer the Marvel Years performs with Bells and Robes and Blassafrass starting at 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $20 and up. (813) 241-8600.

Skipper’s Smokehouse: New York jam band Donna the Buffalo returns for their annual New Year’s Eve run, performing at 8 p.m. Sunday ($25 and up) and Monday ($35 and up). 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666.

The Attic: Americana singer-songwriter Forrest Hoffar plays as guests dine, drink and toast Champagne. 7 p.m. 1510 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $85 and up. (813) 241-0110.

Hideaway Cafe: The Kirk Adams Band, Rebekah Pulley, Gale Trippsmith and John Kelly perform, and there will be light bites and a Champagne toast. Doors open at 8 p.m. 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 644-7895.

Orpheum: A host of locals, including Jetter, the Longest Hall and Wrested, perform starting at 5 p.m. 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10 and up. (813) 248-9500.


The writing’s been on the wall for a while, as each shiny new restaurant and brewery has opened in downtown St. Petersburg. But the end has finally come for Fubar, the last local music club standing on Central Avenue’s 600 block. “Sad, sad,” said drummer Cody Doss of electro-rock duo King Complex, one of dozens of bands saying goodbye to Fubar with four nights of music this weekend. “The State Theatre is now somewhere where you get married. We played the last Local 662 show. And now we’re about to play our last Fubar show, which is right beside the Local 662. We’re starting to see the pattern.” Since 2009, the intimate club has hosted a wide range of punk and metal bands, rappers, DJs and singer-songwriters. Among the slew of friends playing Fubar’s farewell: King Complex, Geri X and GreyMarket at 9 p.m. Saturday (free); Mosquito Teeth, Car Bomb Driver and Dea and Saint at 7 p.m. Saturday (free); Whiskey Fish String Band, Two Dollar Pistol, Sean Patrick McInerney and more at 3 p.m. Sunday ($5-$10 suggested donation); and Mosquito Teeth, Slade and the Wasters, Sonic Graffiti and more at 9 p.m. Monday (free). 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.


Netflix’s Luke Cage may be canceled, but its score will live on thanks to the Midnight Hour. That’s the moniker adopted by prolific hip-hop composers Adrian Younge, right, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, left, who hit the Orpheum at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Younge, whose credits include the Black Dynamite score and songs by Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z, is a familiar presence around town. Not the case with Muhammad, a member of rap icons A Tribe Called Quest, who haven’t played Tampa since 1990. Whether you’re a Marvel fan or just love thoughtful soul and hip-hop, it’s a heck of a way to wind down the year. $20 and up. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-9500.

FOUR AND OUT: DJs at the Ritz

The best part of New Year’s Eve on a Monday: four-night weekend! At least that’s the case at the Ritz Ybor, which is throwing down four nights of killer DJs leading up to 2019. On Friday, Atlanta bass master Herobust will kick things off; tickets are $15 and up. On Saturday, it’s Grammy-winning Italian house legend Benny Benassi; tickets are $20 and up. British dubstepper Joyryde throws it down Sunday; tickets are $15 and up. And on Monday, L.A. electro-pop duo Bonnie X Clyde will usher out 2018 with a night that includes a Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. After four nights like that, good thing Tuesday’s a holiday. Doors open at 10 nightly. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 390-0397.

UP ALL NIGHT: Dawning 2018

Twenty-four-hour party people, this one’s for you. The second annual all-day, all-night rave known as the Dawning festival returns on New Year’s Eve, bringing more than two dozen DJs to two stages in East Bay Raceway Park near Gibsonton. Headlining the event is LSDREAM, a trippy side project of trap producer Brillz, along with Clyde P, Monk, Proxxy and Lantern and more. It’s a camping festival, so pitch a tent and watch out for performance artists, dancers and live art displays across the grounds. Noon Monday to noon Tuesday. 6311 Burts Road, Tampa. $50 and up; limited RV/bus/trailer parking is $40 and up.