Demi Lovato: The former Disney starlet and pop singer (Heart Attack) takes the stage at 7 p.m. at Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa. $26.75-$62.25.
Black Angels: Singer-songwriter Roky Erickson will open for the psychedelic rockers at 7 p.m. at State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$22. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Dukes: The blues musician and his band the Asbury Jukes have been performing since the '60s, playing with Bruce Springsteen, Garry Tallent and Jon Bon Jovi. Show is at 7:30 p.m. at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39-$55.
B.J Thomas: The Grammy-winning singer of Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head has also branched out to country, pop and Christian hits. See him perform at 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $18-$35. (727) 791-7400.
Iron and Wine: The South Carolina-born, Florida- raised Samuel Beam rose to indie rock fame. He performs at 8 p.m. at Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $34.50-$44.50. (813) 229-7827.
Big Gigantic: The hip-hop and jazz duo performs at 8:30 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $15. (813) 247-2555.
KIDS AND FAMILY
Oscar Shorts: Animation: View this year's Oscar-nominated short animated films. All are appropriate for ages 6 and older. They start at 7:30 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $11. (813) 274-8982.
SERIES PREMIERE Mixology, 9:30 p.m., ABC This sitcom follows 10 singles over the course of one evening in a swank bar in New York's trendy meat-packing district.
SEASON PREMIERE The Americans, 10 p.m., FX Elizabeth (Keri Russell) returns to work, having recuperated from her injuries. And a routine mission goes dangerously wrong.
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Florida Strawberry Festival: The celebration of Central Florida's favorite fruit kicks things off Thursday with a concert by '80s favorite Styx (7:30 p.m., $25-$30) and Rascal Flatts on Sunday ($55). There are also free shows, a midway, shortcake and lots of deep-fried goodies waiting through March 9 at the festival's Plant City grounds. See flstrawberryfestival.com for a schedule.
Gasparilla Festival of the Arts: No drunken bead-throwing here. Gasparilla goes upscale with this huge art show in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park on Saturday and Sunday and there's lots of diversions for kids and even a special kids-only art tent where they can find donated work for $5-$10 and get a map to go meet "their" artist.