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Weekend concerts: Brad Paisley at the Strawberry Festival, Jake Owen at the Valspar Championship, more

By Jay Cridlin | Entertainment Critic
Published: March 7, 2018
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Brad Paisley performs at Staples Center on January 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/Getty Images)

NEW FLAVORS: Florida Strawberry Festival

Love the Florida Strawberry Festival, but country musicís not your thing? This is the weekend for you. Thereís more pop, funk, soul and even hip-hop left in the festís four remaining days than there is country. Today brings oldies outfit the Lettermen (10:30 a.m., free); vintage soul groups the Drifters, Platters and Cornell Gunterís Coasters (3:30 p.m., $20); and í90s throwbacks Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa and Tone Loc (7:30 p.m., $35). Friday brings country trailblazer Charley Pride (3:30 p.m., $20) and funk-pop heroes Earth, Wind and Fire (7:30 p.m., $40). Saturday kicks off with í90s country group Sawyer Brown (3:30 p.m., $20), but closes with soul and R&B studs Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Anthony Hamilton (7:30 p.m., $35). Finally, country reclaims the throne Sunday with Chase Bryant (3:30 p.m., $20) and A-list closer Brad Paisley (7:30 p.m., $50). Concert tickets are on top of regular festival admission, and there are no more first-come, first-served seats at the festís new concert amphitheater.

TEE TIME: Valspar Championship

The most-watched figure at this weekendís Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor will be Tiger Woods, the 14-time major champion making his local PGA tournament debut. Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth will draw crowds, too. And then thereís Jake Owen, top, the Vero Beach country hunk behind the Barefoot Blue Jean Night. He and fellow country star Dustin Lynch will headline the tournamentís annual Saturday night concert, which takes place at the conclusion of play near the 18th green. In recent years, the concerts have drawn in thousands of non-golf fans, and officials are hoping for more of that this year with an expanded food truck rally, spirits emporium and an exhibition of tiny homes thatís free to explore. Tournament passes start at $39 per day, $125 for the weekend. If you only care about the concert, just buy a single-day ticket. Gates open at 6 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 942-5566.

SHUFFLING THE DECK: Tommy Stinsonís Cowboys in the Campfire

Some concerts make you do a double-take. Others seem to come so far out of nowhere that they barely make any sense at all Like Tommy Stinsonís Cowboys in the Campfire Monday at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. Thatís right: The founding bassist of the Replacements and longtime member of Guns Ní Roses is playing a stripped-way-down folk-rock show with his buddy Chip Roberts at the olí St. Pete Shuffle. The event promises "a couple of guitars Ö some laughs, some songs, a lot of fun." Sounds like a set the íBurg likely wonít see again anytime soon. Sold out. 7 p.m. 559 Mirror Lake Drive N.


Long before Ed Sheeran, the world was awash in gentle white singer-songwriters whose music was all over film and TV. You need an earnest folk-pop single for an emotional scene in Greyís Anatomy or One Tree Hill or Scrubs? Call David Gray. Or Damien Rice. Or Howie Day. Or Matt Nathanson. Or best of all, Joshua Radin, who plays the Capitol Theatre at 8 p.m. Tuesday. There is no denying the hushed, heartfelt appeal of earnest songs like These Photographs, Today or Iíd Rather Be With You. Just ask Ellen DeGeneres, who had Radin perform at her wedding to Portia De Rossi. If you also fell in love in the mid 2000s, this is a great mid-week date night. $34.50 and up. (727) 791-7400.

ROAD RAGE: Grand Prix Jam

A mighty roar will rise from the streets of St. Petersburg this weekend. Oh, and the Firestone Grand Prix is in town, too. But the roar weíre talking about is the Grand Prix Jam Friday at Fergís Sports Bar. Lit (My Own Worst Enemy), Saliva (Always) and Puddle of Mudd (Blurry) will perform on an outdoor stage, a joyous sludge-rock symphony that some might argue is preferable to the roar of an IndyCar engine. $17.50 and up. 6 p.m. 1320 Central Ave. (727) 822-4562.

FINE FOLK: Indigo Girls

Itís been 30 years since the Indigo Girls signed to a major label, kicking their influential, Grammy-winning career into high gear. Amy Ray and Emily Sailers have gone their own ways on occasion ó Ray played a small solo show here about a year ago ó but as a duo, their passionate strum-alongs still draw a deeply devoted audience. 8 p.m.Thursday. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $34.50 and up. (727) 822-3590.