Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 4-10

Tampa Bay Blues Fest: Aaron Neville headlines this year's waterfront festival at St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park Friday-Sunday, featuring a lineup including guitar whizzes Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Walter Trout. Food and beverage vendors are scattered throughout the grounds, and there are after-parties at the Palladium ($20-$250). Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots headline the kickoff party at the Palladium on Thursday ($20). tampabaybluesfest.com

Frozen Four: The top NCAA hockey teams battle it out at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Thursday and Saturday ($40-$205). amaliearena.com

Art in Bloom: St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Art springs to life starting Thursday for this popular annual show where floral designers create arrangements based on pieces from the museum's permanent collection. Included with museum admission( $10-$17, kids 6 and younger free). mfastpete.org.

Date Night

Music: Alternative-pop cult heroes They Might Be Giants play St. Pete's State Theatre Tuesday ($23-$25). No Glamour Boys, they're Living Colour, rocking the Orpheum in Tampa on Wednesday ($25-$45). Superstar of the Indian tabla drum, Zakir Hussain plays with other Masters of Percussion Thursday at Tampa's Straz Center ($22.50-$55.50). On Friday, country duo Montgomery Gentry plays the Dallas Bull in Tampa ($20-$25).

Florida Orchestra Pops Series: Called "And the Tony Goes To …," the orchestra's salute to Broadway will be led by Tony Award winner Stuart Malina with guest appearances by Tony nominee Christiane Noll and Phantom of the Opera star Hugh Panaro at the Mahaffey Saturday and Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday ($15-$45).

Comedy: Lewis Black brings his rants to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Saturday ($59.50-$79.50), the same night that acerbic Soup ladler Joel McHale performs at the Straz ($45.50).

kids and family

Clearwater Threshers: The season opens at Bright House Field in Clearwater on Friday with postgame fireworks and a concert by Smooth D and the Hunks ($6-$10).

Gulf Coast MakerCon: Tinkerers will roam the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday where they will find electric race cars, a gaming expo, cosplay laser tag and drones from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ($13-$16, 5 and younger free).

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