Dokken, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony concerts moving from Ferg's Sports Bar to England Brothers Bandshell Park in Pinellas Park
When news broke late last week that Ferg's Sports Bar owner Mark Ferguson was putting the brakes on a nascent but thriving live music series at his longtime St. Petersburg hangout, it threw a handful of concerts into disarray -- including two big shows this coming weekend.
On Monday, both of those shows were officially moved to a new venue: England Brothers Bandshell Park in Pinellas Park.
Rappers Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Mims and Mike Jones will now perform at the park at 7 p.m. Friday; and '80s rockers Dokken (above) and Quiet Riot will perform there at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets previously purchased for those shows at Ferg's will be honored in Pinellas Park.
"We've kind of put this together really quickly," said Pinellas Park city spokeswoman Anne Lindberg.
Promoter John C. "Jack" Bodziak declined to comment on Ferguson's decision to cancel their concert series. He said the location and status of the other scheduled Ferg's concerts -- Saliva on Dec. 21, Nelly on Dec. 29, George Clinton on Dec. 31, Hellyeah and P.O.D. on Jan. 24 and Europe on Feb. 3 -- was still being determined.
England Brothers Bandshell Park has hosted plenty of concerts over the years, including big names like Blondie, Devo and Sublime With Rome.
That the Bone Thugs and Dokken shows were able to move there so quickly is no small feat, especially since Pinellas Park is also hosting two big events nearby both days -- a sold-out Motown Christmas concert at the Performing Arts Center on Friday, and the city's annual Christmas parade on Saturday. Lindberg said concertgoers should expect heavier than normal traffic both nights, and plan their trips accordingly. Keep an eye on Pinellas Park's social media for updated traffic and parking information.
-- Jay Cridlin