97X Backyard BBQ
Sometimes sand, surf and cover charges aren't exactly on the agenda for a holiday weekend. Enter 97X, which hosts its annual Backyard BBQ within the confines of Vinoy Park. Modern prog-rock kings Coheed and Cambria hold top billing, but the rest of the ticket — alt-hip-hop duo Twenty One Pilots, Danish indie rock darlings New Politics and English exports The Virginmarys — are well worth coming out early for. General admission requires a free ticket, but VIPs can fork over $50 for special bathrooms, food and drink. It starts at noon at 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. See 97xonline.com for ticket drop locations.
Ray Roa, special to the Times
93.3 FLZ's Memorial Day Live
Clearwater Beach was made for the carefree days of Memorial Day weekend, and Shephard's Beach Resort has teamed up with Top 40 radio station 93.3-FLZ to make sure that the soundtrack to the holiday is as enjoyable as the white sand, warm gulf waters and salty air. It kicks off Friday with Go Daddies, DJ Chad Fox and DJ Ray. On Saturday, Iyaz will bring the spirit of the Virgin Islands (as well as his smash single Replay). On Sunday, Cash Money Records alumni Jason Derulo will croon his way through electro-pop hits (Watcha Say, It Girl, The Other Side) and DJ Skribble will come through with a whole load of '90s MTV nostalgia. The music and drink specials continue on Monday. The party starts at 2 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday-Monday at 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. $10-$20. shephards.com.
Memorial Day Sandbar Concert
The only way to get to this concert is by boat. Bring chairs, coolers and wade in the water while you listen to live music from a pontoon boat stage anchored in the channel off Tanglewood Way. This floating party features blues and southern rock by the Cross Creek Blues Band and Hal Hammer Jr. It's 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the "P" Channel adjacent to 2189 Tanglewood Way NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 224-1900. Free.