ROCK ON: USF BULLSTOCK
The lineup for the University of South Florida's annual USF Week looks more like a rock festival. New Politics, shown above, Borns, the Maine and Mayday Parade will all perform at the college's grand finale party known as Bullstock. All four bands wouldn't look out of place at the Vans Warped Tour or 97X Next Big Thing, so the bill should draw a sizeable crowd to Bullstock, especially since the show is free and open to the public. The concert is at 5 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the USF Sun Dome. A USF tradition, the party also includes a lineup of food trucks and past parties have featured bungee jumping, rock walls and a zip line. The winners of the campus Battle of the Bands competition will open the show in the Sun Dome parking lot, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.
Jay Cridlin, Times pop music critic
GOOD OLD DAYS: OLD FLORIDA SOIREE
The historic shuffleboard courts at Mirror Lake in St. Petersburg — built in the 1920s and featured in the movie Cocoon — are the perfect spot for Saturday's Old Florida Soiree. Partygoers in vintage clothes sill sip on craft beers and cocktails, play shuffleboard and croquet and hear live music by surf rock band the Vultures from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. At the fundraiser for Pathfinder Outdoor Education scholarships, tickets are $40 advance at universe.com/pathfinderoutdooreducation, $50 at the door at Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. (727) 328-0300.
BROADWAY BABIES: FLORIDA ORCHESTRA POPS
Broadway fans get a treat this week with the latest installment of the Florida Orchestra pops series bringing in Broadway stars to lend their pipes to a show called And the Tony Goes To. The orchestra's principal guest conductor, Stuart Malina, shown above, is a Tony winner for orchestration in 2003 for the Billy Joel musical Movin' Out. He will team up with Tony nominee Christiane Noll and Phantom of the Opera star Hugh Panaro for a salute to Broadway shows and songs. Shows are 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45 at floridaorchestra.org.