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Fun 'N Sun offers sizzle

Clearwater's Fun 'N Sun Festival gets under way this weekend. We understand if it slipped below your radar — it seems like there's a big outdoor festival every weekend in these parts, and perhaps you might have been confused by Lakeland's Sun 'n Fun Festival, which was this past weekend.

But don't sleep on Fun 'N Sun, which runs through May 2 around Clearwater. The city's 57th annual family-friendly festival kicks off Friday, and as usual, there's a slate of talent on hand.

This year, there are three big concerts in Coachman Park. All are free, with $20 reserved seat tickets available via Ticketmaster. The highlights:

Saturday: At the 15th annual Smooth Jazz Fest, Oleta Adams (8:15 p.m.) is this year's headliner, with Jessy J (6:30 p.m.), Spencer Day (4:45 p.m.), B.K. Jackson (3:15 p.m.) and Les Sabler (2 p.m.) rounding out the bill.

Sunday: The country concert is a winner this year. Travis Tritt (7:30 p.m.) headlines, but Darryl Worley (6 p.m.), Blackberry Smoke (4:30 p.m.) and Josh Thompson (3:20 p.m.) will get the crowd pumped, too.

May 1: It's time to rock. Eddie Money (8:30 p.m.) and Blue Oyster Cult (6:30 p.m.) never met an outdoor festival they couldn't rock. Foghat (4:45 p.m.), Invasion (3:30 p.m.) and Greg West (1:30 p.m.) also play.

Tom Petty postpones concert

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have moved their show on May 9 at Tampa's St. Pete Times Forum all the way back to Sept. 16. It's one of 10 shows at the start of the tour that have been pushed back. According to Live Nation, this is due to a delay in the release of his upcoming studio album, Mojo, which is now due June 5.

No official word yet on whether Joe Cocker will still appear as special guest on the rescheduled shows.

Tickets purchased for the May 9 show will still be honored on Sept. 16, and refunds are available at point of purchase.


• Two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year winner Carrie Underwood is coming to the St. Pete Times Forum on Oct. 25. Tickets go on sale Saturday.

• Creed is coming to Tampa's Ford Amphitheatre on Sept. 1. They're calling it the "20-10 Tour," which means the first 2010 reserved seats are $20 all-in, with no service fees. The rest of the seats will be priced at $20 and $10 with service fees.

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Fun 'N Sun offers sizzle 04/20/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 11:27pm]
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