Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 20

Spyro Gyra in Huntington, NY ©2012 Brian Friedman
Spyro Gyra in Huntington, NY ©2012 Brian Friedman
Published April 19 2018
Updated April 20 2018

Spyro Gyra: Nine-time Grammy nominated, contemporary jazz icons known for blending soul, Latin, pop, and world beat influences and one of the most famous instrumental ensembles of all time will perform. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$55. (727) 791-7400.

American Stage in the Park: The Producers: Opening Night Gala: Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy sees a down-and-out producer and his accountant scheme to produce the most notorious flop in theater history. Through May 13. $200. Includes dinner and open bar. 8 p.m., Demens Landing, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. $18-$22 lawn, $32-35 premium blanket, $38-$40 reserved. (727) 823-7529.

Thirsty Third Fridays: Nuthin’ Fancy: You’ll find adult beverages, food vendors and a local headliner each month. The ultimate Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band. 7 p.m., Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Free. (727) 587-6740 ext. 5014.

98Rockfest "The Big 10": Rock legends Shinedown will headline the event and other performances will include Three Days Grace, Seether, Starset, Fozzy 10 Years More and more. 6 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $29-$75. (800) 745-3000.

Sugar Sand Festival: Master sculptors have been invited to turn nearly 1,000 tons of powdery, white sand into elaborate characters and scenes. 10 a.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. $10, $8 ages 55 and older, $6 ages 6-17, 5 and younger free. (727) 871-8060.

St. Petersburg Opera: Evenings/Mornings With the Maestro: St. Petersburg Opera artistic director Mark Sforzini leads a program to enhance your understanding of opera and preview shows. 11 a.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $20, $15-$17 seniors/students. (727) 896-2667.

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair: The 75th annual "The Book as Art" themed fair includes more than 100 specialized dealers from across the country selling out-of-print books, first editions, fine bindings, maps, autographs and other paper collectibles. 5 p.m., Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10, 12 and younger free. (727) 234-7759.

Food Trucks: Rally Around Town: St. Pete Swig and Pig Festival: Food trucks gather for waterfront dining,with indoor, air-conditioned seating available, and live music. Get your fill of barbecue, as food trucks like Smokin BBQ, Sarge’s Smokehouse BBQ, Better than Eve’s BBQ, Xochimex Cantina Grill,and others gather at waterfront dining fest. 6 p.m., Albert Whitted Park, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Menu prices vary. (727) 892-5715.

Sacred Heart Spring Festival: Sacred Heart’s annual community event features carnival rides, live bands, mixed entertainment, food, games and craft vendors. Benefits Sacred Heart Interparochial Catholic School. 6 p.m., Sacred Heart Interparochial School, 7951 46th Way N, Pinellas Park. Free; $12-$20 (rides). (727) 541-4447.

Friday Concerts in the Park: Jimmy Griswold Band (blues/rock): With a new name, the series celebrates 31 years of offering a schedule of live music from jazz and country, to reggae and classic rock. Concessions available. 7 p.m., Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 274-8221.

Casey Donahew: Hot touring act and Texas country music singer that has racked up 15 No. 1 singles will perform his most popular songs and more from his recent project 15 Years, The Wild Ride. 7 p.m., The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 987-2855.

Jim Burge Jazz Festival: The weekend devoted to jazz includes performances by Jim Burge with the Jazz Cellar Undergound Orchestra, Hillsborough County High School All-Stars Honors Jazz Ensemble Workshop and recording artist Jeff Rupert. 7:30 p.m., Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $15-$21 per day. (813) 269-1310.

Listening Room Festival Showcase: Enjoy a night of community and music from six acts performing a showcase set including eclectic folk-rock band The Novelists, Grand Master fiddle player Luke Bulla, Korean-American sisters Chasing Lovely, new folk and pop group Big Little Lions, Americana-folk guitar, mandolin and voice group, Escaping Pavement, and multiple award-winning troubadour from Canada, John Wort Hannam. 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$75. (727) 822-3590.

Verdi’s Requiem: Enjoy a performance from the Florida Orchestra for the first time in 10 years featuring the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay in partnership with The Florida Holocaust Museum to tell the story of how the work became known as the "Defiant Requiem" during the Holocaust in the Theresienstadt (Terezín) Concentration Camp. 8 p.m., Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

One Night of Queen: A musical band paying tribute to the stage theatrics and music of Queen. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39-$49. (727) 893-7832.

Abba the Concert: The world’s top Abba tribute group performs favorites including Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia and S.O.S. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $38.75-$78.75. (727) 791-7400.


Dunedin Family Fun Fest: Bring the entire family for a day with inflatables, games, music, food and a screening of The Greatest Showman. 6 p.m., Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. Free. (727) 812-4530.


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