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Top things to do this week in Tampa Bay Sept. 2-8

Tim McGraw performs a free concert before the Bucs home opener, the Tampa Boat Show and a range of comedians are on stages this week.
Country star Tim McGraw, shown here in 2012 when he brought his "Brothers of the Sun" tour to Tampa, will perform a free concert before the Bucs home opener and also at halftime on Sunday in Raymond James Stadium. [ANDY JONES | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Sep. 1

Bucs home opener: Tim McGraw will play a free concert at Raymond James Stadium prior to the Buccaneers’ season-opening game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The concert begins at 2 p.m. and kick off is 4:25 p.m. Sunday. Game tickets start at $45 on Ticketmaster.

Labor Day: Sparkman Wharf will continue to have live music today from local artists curated by the Gasparilla Music Festival. Free starting at noon. 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa.

Tampa Boat Show: Up to 500 new boats, both in the water and indoors, with accessories, a Yacht Club Lounge on the docks and marine-related activities $12, 12 and younger free. $5 after 5 p.m. Friday. Runs 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center.


Music: The heavy metal greats Slipknot are on tour with Volbeat, Gojia and Behemoth on Wednesday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($39-$79). The critically acclaimed Australian Pink Floyd Show returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday. Mid-2000s rap star Chingy brings a throwback concert to the Ritz Ybor on Thursday ($10). On Friday the synthwave duo The Midnight performs at the Orpheum in Ybor ($22). Celebrate First Friday at Jannus Live with a free mashup of local music act including ska outfit The New Rulers, neo-soul group Ella Jet & Future Soul and folk rockers Steve Connelly & The Lesser Gods. Miami-based bilingual rapper Mariah makes her way to Whiskey North in Tampa on Friday ($15 after 9 p.m.). On Saturday the Tampa Bay Indian & World Music Festival celebrates the performing arts of India, Africa and Spain with music and dance at the HCC campus in Ybor City ($35, $20 ages 12 and younger). The Christian tour Hope, featuring the Passion Band, LeCrae, Michael W. Smith and other acts will be at the Amalie Arena on Saturday ($25). Australian metalcore band Northlane plays the Orpheum on Saturday ($20-$35). The Alarm, Modern English, Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel bring a triple-threat of British ’80s rock to Ferg’s Sports Bar in St. Petersburg on Sunday ($19-$44). The pop tribute ensemble the Florida Björkestra goes over the rainbow to salute classic movie music on Friday at the Palladium in St. Petersburg ($20-$40).

Rhett and Link will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Sept. 8, 2019. [NEIL KREMER & CORY JOHNSON | Straz Center]

Comedy: The Breakout YouTube comedy duo Rhett and Link performs a variety of covers and original songs on Sunday at the Straz Center ($45). Improv comedy master Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) and master hypnotist Asad Mecci bring a unique show called HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis to the Mahaffey Theater on Friday ($25.50-$55.50). Actor and comedian Heather McMahan of the popular Instagram series Brittany 911 performs at the Straz Center Saturday ($35-$49).

Meteor Shower: The play written by comedian Steve Martin bends time and reality when two couples meet to watch a meteor shower. Previews on Wednesday and Thursday are $18 in the Shimberg Playhouse; $34.50 for the run through Sept. 29 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.

Inglourious Basterds: The Bilheimer Capitol Theatre wraps up its summer movie series with what many critics call Quentin Tarantino’s greatest film, but first there will be a trivia contest for prizes at 6 p.m. Friday before the screening. $5; $9 for unlimited popcorn and soda. 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Sing-Along Sunday: This portion of a series of sing-alongs at Tampa Theatre features Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical the Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews. $13, $10 members. 3 p.m. Sunday.

That Art Show: Jannus Live will turn its courtyard from a music venue to an art gallery to check out pieces that demonstrate the artists’ individual self expression at this pet friendly festival with music by DJ Don Pablo, a kids corner, face painting and cash. Saturday at noon. Free.

Beaches, Benches and Boycotts: The opening reception for an exhibition on the civil rights movement in Tampa Bay features a panel discussion about the history of Tampa Bay’s African-American communities. Free (registration required) 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 820-0100.


Children’s Board Free Tuesday: The hands-on museum and the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County join for this event offering free admission from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.

AirCINEMA: Bring the family to the new event space between Airsides E and F on level 3 for a free screening of Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue (2013). Free. 6 p.m. Saturday Tampa International Airport, 4100 George J. Bean Parkway, Tampa.


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