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Top things to do in Tampa Bay this week: Sept. 9-15

Lizzo continues her rein over 2019 with a Tampa concert, and the Lightning Fan Fest fuels Bolts fever.
In this June 23 photo, Lizzo arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The rapper will take the stage at Yuengling Center in Tampa on Tuesday. [RICHARD SHOTWELL | Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP]
Published Sep. 8

Lizzo: The red-hot rapper performs at Tampa’s Yuengling Center on Tuesday. She is touring, following the success of her song Juice and album Cuz I Love You, with singer-songwriter Ari Lennox opening. $41.25-$50.75.

Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest: Friday through Sunday is dubbed Lightning Launch Weekend with a series of events, including Family Fun Night at Sparkman Wharf on Friday (6-10 p.m.) and a free public skate at Amalie Arena on Saturday 1-6 p.m. (reserve a slot at Sunday at 11 a.m. brings the Lightning Fan Fest at Amalie Arena to get player photos and autographs, buy used game equipment and play in the kids zone. Tickets are free but also have to be claimed on the Launch Weekend website.


Music: Country star Chris Young brings along Chris Janson and duo Locash to Tampa’s MidFlorida Amphitheatre on Friday ($30-$79.75). The 18-member Helios Jazz Orchestra backs 40-year veteran vocalist Scotty Wright on Tuesday at St. Petersburg’s Palladium ($25-$35). On Wednesday hip-hop duo The Midnight Hour perform at Palladium ($21-$46; $12 for students). Hardcore act Madtown hosts a release party on Thursday at Ybor City’s Crowbar for the release of their new album True Colors ($10-$12). On Friday, Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Cat Power plays the Ritz Ybor ($31). Singer-songwriter Parker Millsap performs Friday at the Attic in Ybor and Saturday at the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center ($25 and up). Christian crossover pop star Amy Grant plays Clearwater’s Bilheimer Capitol Theatre on Friday ($50-$100). Legendary fiddle player Doug Kershaw plays Skipper’s Smokehouse on Friday alongside Grammy-winning accordionist Jo-El Sonnier and local act the Cadillac Cowboys ($25-$30). Electronic DJ and LGBT activist Nick Monaco performs Friday at the Attic in Ybor ($20). The biggest names in freestyle dance music perform Saturday at USF’s Yuengling Center, including Stevie B, Lisa Lisa, the Original Cover Girls, Expose, Shannon, the Jets, Johnny O, Cynthia and Linear featuring Joey Restivo and Connie ($35.50). On Sunday, rock Hall of Famers the BoDeans (Closer to Free) perform at Largo’s Central Park Performing Arts Center ($25 and up).

Scream-A-Geddon: The monster midway and zombie paintball assault opens Friday for Halloween season in the backroads of Pasco County with multiple scare zones ($21.95-$35.95). 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City.

Comedy: Aussie comic and Comedy Central host Jim Jefferies performs Friday at Tampa Theatre ($53-$182.50). Veteran comic Robert Kelly appears at Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa Friday-Saturday ($20-$22).

On Friday, Jim Jefferies, shown here in Comedy Central's "The Jim Jefferies Show," will perform at Tampa Theatre. [ALI GOLDSTEIN | Comedy Central]

DJ Pauly D: The former Jersey Shore star performs a set, followed by a meet and greet and photo session Saturday at the Ritz Ybor ($20, $80 meet and greet).

Meteor Shower: The play written by comedian Steve Martin bends time and reality when two couples meet to watch a meteor shower. Runs through Sept. 29 in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center. $34.50.

Country Music: The preview screening of the Ken Burns documentary that traces the history of American country music will be shown at Tampa Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Come early for live tunes by the Easy Posse Band (5-7 p.m.). Free.


Children’s Board Free Tuesday: Postponed last week by the hurricane, the hands-on museum and the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County offer free admission from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.


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