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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 20

Treasure Island Kite Fest: The sky behind the Thunderbird will be a rainbow of colors as kites of all shapes and sizes take flight in a show of tricks set to music and precision flying. Bring your own kite to join the fun, or vendors will be on site selling them. It starts at 10 a.m. at Thunderbird Resort, 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Free. (727) 320-9463.

Sunshine Blues Festival: Florida native and revered guitar player Derek Trucks and wife Susan Tedeschi headline the inaugural blues festival also featuring Dr. John, Walter Trout, Sonny Landreth and more. It's at 10 a.m. in Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $49.50.

Martin Luther King Jr. Gulf of St. Petersburg Expo's Battle of the Bands Extravaganza: Bands from historically black colleges and universities throughout the South will put on 10-minute halftime shows featuring funky drumbeats, high-stepping moves and acrobatics. It's at 4 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. $12, $15 VIP. (727) 388-9494.

Natalie Cole: The nine-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and daughter of Nat King Cole is known for hits including This Will Be, Jump Start and "I Live For Your Love". The concert starts at 7 p.m. at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $52-$85. (727) 892-5798.

Tampa Bay Lightning Rolling Thunder Tour: The hockey season is finally back on, and Thunderbug and his troops are coming to Dino World on the Rolling Thunder Truck to bring street hockey games, Lightning gear and visits with the Lightning girls. Park admission not included. See them at 11 a.m. at Dinosaur World, 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City. Free. (813) 717-9865.

Big Freedia: The New Orleans bounce rapper migrates further down south for a show at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$18. (813) 248-9500.


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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 20 01/18/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 18, 2013 2:00pm]
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