Times Staff Writer
Talk about a sweet deal: Admission to Taste of Pinellas is a mere $5 Friday and Saturday and free on Sunday to hear some decent live music and nosh from some 50 restaurants (though tasting tickets are extra). Children 12 and under get in free every day.
Friday: Classic rock
Huey Lewis and the News (8:30-10 p.m.): MTV made the dimple-chinned Huey a hit machine in the '80s. Don't leave before he plays the epic Back to the Future theme, The Power of Love.
America (7 p.m.): Who could forget their oddly enduring hit A Horse With No Name: "Cause there ain't no-one for to give you no pain." Pretty sure that didn't make sense in the '70s either.
• Greg Billings Band (5:30 p.m.) and Shawn Brown Band (5 p.m.)
Martina McBride (8:30 p.m.): She hasn't been to the bay area for a few years, but she's making up for it now. The four-time Country Music Association's female vocalist of the year will be here again for Lilith Fair on Aug. 11. And it'll cost a lot more than $5.
Lonestar (6:45 p.m.): Even if you're not a country fan, you've no doubt been inspired to belt out their 1999 ballad Amazed in the car. The crossover hit reached No. 1 on both the country charts and the Billboard Hot 100.
• Rebecca Hendricks (5:30 p.m.), Suite Caroline (4:30 p.m.), Dive Bar Stalkers (3 p.m.) and Backyard Bone Band (1:30 p.m.)
The night caps off with fireworks at 10 p.m.
Sunday: Family Fun Day
Mitchel Musso (6 p.m.): Mop-topped BFF "Oliver" from Hannah Montana bops out Disney-friendly sing-alongs like Speed Dial and Hey.
School Gyrls (5 p.m.): Girl group Mandy, Monica and Jacqueline starred in the Nickelodeon movie The School Gyrls, natch, and have a dance hit Something Like a Party. For anything more than that, ask your tween.
Drew Seeley (4:20 p.m.): You've heard him a zillion times as the singing voice — or some say "blended voice" — for Zac Efron in the original High School Musical soundtrack.
• Adam 8*1*2 (3:20 p.m.), Gabi Wilson (2:40 p.m.), Michelle Raitzin (2 p.m.), Holes and Hearts (1 p.m.)
Food and drink
You have to buy food and drink tickets before you hit the restaurant booths and beer garden. A sheet of 10 tickets is $5, and restaurants sell their "tastes" anywhere from 1 ticket to 12 tickets. For example, Empanada World charges 2 tickets for cheese bread while Lobster Sliders from Crabby Bill's will set you back 12 tickets. Here are a few of the participating restaurants. For a full list, go to www.tasteofpinellas.com.
• 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House
• Big Mike's Pizzeria
• Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
• Parkshore Grill
• The Queenshead
• The Hangar
The Tampa Bay Rays Family Fun Zone has live entertainment, including the Frisbee wonders of the Disc Connected K-9's, a rock climbing wall and a batting cage. Plus, free watermelon from the Florida Watermelon Association. All activities are free.
Tip: It's hot. Be careful.
It's June in Florida. Sweatfest! Stake out the shade under the palm trees by the water. You catch a nice breeze there.
The Taste of Pinellas, a fundraiser for All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, runs 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg.
Bring: Blankets and lawn chairs allowed in stage area. Small umbrellas will be permitted in designated areas only.
Don't bring: Pets, coolers, tents, outside food or drink.
Parking shuttle: There will be a free shuttle every 10 minutes that circles to the main entrance of Taste of Pinellas at Bayshore Drive at Fifth Avenue NE, with stops along First Street in the following general locations: between Fourth and Fifth avenues S; between First and Second avenues S; and between First and Second avenues N (east of the BayWalk parking garage).
Sunday may be free, but there is a price: nonstop teeny-bopper music. If that's not your thing, try these instead: