Musicians from Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota and Orlando seem to be discovering new audiences in Lakeland. Or maybe it’s that the people who book shows at local venues are looking to neighboring cities for acts we don’t hear too often. Either way, here’s a look at some of the bands and solo artists coming here this weekend from nearby locales, followed by our updated music calendar:

Brew Hub: Scott Ryan (alt-country; Tampa) Saturday at 2

Hillcrest Coffee: Book Club, Paylakes and Paperback Whale (alternative and indie rock; St. Petersburg, Tampa) Saturday at 7

La La Land: Betty Fox Band (blues, soul, funk; St. Petersburg) Friday at 8; Nderim Elmazi  and Triple Lindy (rock guitar virtuoso, Clearwater) Saturday at 8

Lakeland’s Beer Rev: A Traveling Gentleman (eclectic; Tampa) Saturday at 7

LkldLive: Comin’ Home The Band, Cruel Curses, Murder the Crow, Against the Element (metal; Tampa, St. Petersburg, Winter Haven) Saturday at 7

Molly McHugh’s: Clover’s Revenge (Irish speed folk, Sarasota) Saturday at 9

Music Ranch: Second Shot (Southern rock; Jacksonville) Saturday at 8

Swan Brewing: Rebel Soul (country rock dance band; Tampa) Friday at 7; Sandy Back Porch Johnny Cash Tribute (Orlando) Saturday at 7

Union Hall: TL Jentgens (energetic drums, vocals; Tampa) Friday at 8; HoneyWhat (soul, rock, pop; St. Petersburg) Saturday at 8


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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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