Yeasayer: The psychedelic, avant-garde pop band is all over the Internet, partly because of its trippy videos. Experience them at 8 tonight at State Theatre in St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 895-3045. Read more about the band in a Times interview with frontman Chris Keating on 2B.
Bob Dylan: The freewheelin' singer-songwriter legend comes to Tampa's USF Sun Dome at 8 p.m. Thursday. $47.50. (813) 974-3002.
Jeffrey Ross, Roastmaster General: If you believe his book I Only Roast the Ones I Love, then you won't be insulted if he, you know, insults you this weekend at the Improv in Tampa. Five shows Friday through Sunday. $20. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.
St. Pete Oktoberfest: This new event in the Grand Central District will feature dozens of craft and seasonal beer samples from more than 30 local and national breweries. Plus, there will be live music from local bands, food from area restaurants, and art displays. Starts at 4 p.m. Saturday. $25 advance, $30 day of. (727) 328-7086. For more Oktoberfests, go to tampabay.com/things-to-do and find it under quick links.
Flavor of Jazz V starring Richard Elliot: The annual event features tastes from more than 20 restaurants and wine stores, plus live music by saxophonist Richard Elliot. Doors open at 6 p.m. Thursday for tasting, concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $48-$93. (727) 791-7400.
Florida Orchestra opener: Thomas Wilkins, the witty former resident conductor, returns to conduct The Pines of Rome, Respighi's spectacular tone poem. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel; 8 p.m. Friday, Straz Center in Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday, Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $10-$67. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286; floridaorchestra.org.
Kids and Family
Music and Movies in the Park: If they show the PG-rated Field of Dreams, will you come? Pack a picnic and bask in the water view while listening to bluegrass from the Green Grass Boys before the film at dusk. It's all free Thursday in North Straub Park in St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7465.
more to explore
We've got several new items about Orlando, including a good hotel deal for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal, plus some links to the brand new Amway Center that opened over the weekend. Just click on the Florida Travel tab at tampabay.com/things-to-do.