Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 8

Chris Daughtry, of the band Daughtry, perform at the 39th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) ORG XMIT: CADC390
Chris Daughtry, of the band Daughtry, perform at the 39th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) ORG XMIT: CADC390
Published March 7 2018
Updated March 7 2018

Daughtry: Grammy-nominated American rock band formed and fronted by finalist from the fifth season of American Idol, Chris Daughtry will perform hits like It’s Not Over and more from their four studio albums. 8 p.m., Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $56-$86. (941) 953-3368.

Volta: The bendy people of Cirque du Soleil bring the Grand Chapiteau to Tampa to tell the tale of the freedom of choice and blazing your own trail in this new traveling show. Through March 18. 8 p.m., Greyhound Track, 8300 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Starting at $37. Toll-free 1-877-924-7783.

Indigo Girls: Contemporary folk music by Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $34.50-$54.50. (727) 822-3590.

The Color Purple: The Tony Award-winning musical is based on Alice Walker’s epic tale that follows an African American woman living in the south. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $26 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Florida Strawberry Festival and Concerts: I Love the 90s Tour: Festival goers will also enjoy the games, rides and attractions featured at the Midway and concerts with headliners taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. every night. See the lineup at Iconic rapper and pop music legend Vanilla Ice known for his No. 1 single "Ice Ice Baby" will co headline along with game-changing, legendary female rap duo Salt-N-Pepa celebrating 25 after the release of their multi-platinum selling album Hot, Cool & Vicious. Tickets are $35 and up. Noon, Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds, 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. $10, $5 ages 6 to 12, 5 and younger free. Concert tickets are extra. (813) 752-9194.

Valspar Championship: Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth add star power to this year’s PGA tournament held on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook. 2018. It also features a celebrity appearance by Rory McIlroy, a four-time Major Champion and two-time PGA Tour Player of the Year. For the fans there’s an expanded food truck rally, the Grapes and Grains spirits emporium and new this year is a collection of tiny homes set up behind the 18th green that’s free to explore. 6 a.m., Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. $39 and up; 15 and younger free. (727) 942-5566.

Mardi Gras at Universal: Running through April 7, Universal Studios brings the Big Easy to Orlando daily with a Mardi Gras parade with mythical creatures themed floats, lots of beads and Cajun food. For 13 nights during the festival, enjoy a free concert by nationally known pop and rock acts. Included with admission. (Note: Seasonal passholders are blacked out on concert days.) 9 a.m., Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. $105, $100 child. 1-800-837-2273.

Still Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay: Following last winter’s sold out show, humorist and author Fay Jacobs will be back in town for an encore performance to help raise money for the LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library. Jacobs will be on stage with her one-woman show "STILL Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay" based on Jacobs’ four published memoirs, as well as her observations about current events. Tickets are available at Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Blvd.) and the Gulfport Casino (5500 Shore Blvd.) or at the door. 7 p.m., Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. $20. (727) 366-4086.

National Geographic Live!: A Wild Life with Bertie Gregory: The speaker series showcases the writers, photographers, filmmakers, scientists and explorers of National Geographic. Photographer Bertie Gregory talks about how he captures his intimate photos of wildlife in areas including Vancouver, London and Mumbai. 7 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $20-$35. (813) 229-7827.

Selwyn Birchwood: Visionary, young blues star will perform in support of the release of her new album Pick Your Poison along with band saxophonist Regi Oliver, bassist Huff Wright and drummer Courtney "Big Love" Girlie. 7:30 p.m., Safety Harbor Arts and Music Center, 706 Second St., Safety Harbor. $10-$15. (727) 725-4018.

Marjorie Prime: Preview: In the age of artificial intelligence, a young stranger arrives to help 86-year-old Marjorie uncover the intricacies of her past, raising questions about the limits of technology and the notion that memory is a human invention. Through April 1. $29. 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39-$49; free for people under 20 years old, reservation required. (727) 823-7529.


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