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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 28

Bruce Springsteen: In a huge week for music, it's tough to beat the Boss and the E Street Band. With set lists that run over three hours, expect a steamy summer-style show Thursday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. $41-$124. (813) 740-2446.

Big Guava Music Festival: The next night after Springsteen, the MidFlo hosts this sprawling fest with about 40 acts over multiple stages and days, along with food trucks, rides and craft beer. Friday's headliner is Outkast, with Vampire Weekend on Saturday and Foster the People on Sunday. $99-$165. (813) 740-2446.

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Carlos Santana: You'll immediately recognize the legend's signature guitar licks and Latin-flavored take on psychedelic rock 'n' roll Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $89-$200. (727) 791-7400.

The Mavericks: The group's fame is small but cultish, with frontman Raul Malo keeping things interesting. They perform Wednesday and Friday at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. $45-$55. (727) 791-7400.

Movies and Music in the Park: The series starts Thursday with music by Rob Tyre, along with classic movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid under the stars in North Straub Park on St. Pete's waterfront. Free.

R. Kelly: Despite his unsavory past, the R&B artist seems to have cleaned up his life somewhat. Show is Thursday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa. $45-$115. (813) 301-2500.

Spring Craft Ale Fest: With more than 200 ales, from around the world and home brews, cajun food and music Saturday at Cajun Cafe On the Bayou in Pinellas Park. $50 advance, $60 at gate, $15 designated driver; available at (727) 546-6732.

Kids and Family

Shark Con: Who isn't fascinated by sharks? It's two days of talks by experts, shark and sea urchin touch tanks and Jaws memorabilia Saturday and Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center. $25 per day, $5 for child. (941) 539-0833.

Burger Showdown: Local restaurants fire up their grills in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park on Friday for a burger battle in different categories, including Best Use of Bacon. Samples included with ticket: $20 advance online, $25 day of.

Stomp: The clever stage show guarantees you'll never look at plumbing fixtures or paint cans the same way again. It runs Wednesday through Saturday at the Straz Center in Tampa. $43-$63. (813) 229-7827.

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Correction: In earlier versions, a date for the Mavericks concert was incorrect. They play Wednesday and Friday.

Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 28 04/27/14 [Last modified: Monday, April 28, 2014 10:08am]
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