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UPDATE: Clearwater Jazz Holiday still on for tonight, Tampa Pig Jig carries on

Festival and city officials will monitor the weather accordingly as a tropical disturbance threatens heavy wind and rain.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue was scheduled to headline on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday in Coachman Park. [Mathieu Bitton]
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue was scheduled to headline on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday in Coachman Park. [Mathieu Bitton]
Published Oct. 18
Updated Oct. 19

The 40th Clearwater Jazz Holiday in Coachman Park was canceled Friday because of Tropical Storm Nestor, but Saturday’s show is still on organizers said, though they are keeping an eye on the weather.

As the storm formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, bringing threatening winds and rains toward Tampa Bay, the festival canceled its Friday performances featuring a headline performance by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.

“The safety of our patrons, artists, and volunteers are of utmost priority,” festival CEO Steve Weinberger said in a statement. “Saturday and Sunday at Clearwater Jazz Holiday are still scheduled as planned. We continue periodic briefings with the City of Clearwater and safety officials monitoring the weather. We will provide updates with adjustments or other announcements as necessary.”

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Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a “rain or shine” event, which often means rainouts are not refunded. But organizers announced shortly before 5 p.m. that they will offer refunds for ticketholders to Friday’s show. Those who purchased through the festival’s ticket retailer, Etix, will be automatically refunded. Four-day ticket holders will see the Friday portion of those passes refunded. And those who paid cash for Friday’s show can exchange their tickets for a refund. Click here for details on how to do that.

RELATED: Tropical Storm Nestor forms, takes aim at Florida panhandle

The festival is scheduled to feature headlining performances by Chicago on Saturday and Alison Krauss on Sunday. The event’s Facebook page said Saturday’s shows are still scheduled as planned with gates opening at 1:45 p.m. Cancellations are not anticipated on Saturday or Sunday but there may be delays in opening as they monitor the weather.

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Other major outdoor concerts scheduled for this weekend include ZZ Top and Zac Brown Band at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre and the sold-out Tampa Pig Jig with Jake Owen at Curtis Hixon Park.

RELATED: This weekend’s top Tampa Bay concerts: Clearwater Jazz Holiday, ZZ Top

The Pig Jig, expected to draw a crowd of 8,000, is also rain or shine. Organizers said they’ll be monitoring the weather throughout Friday and Saturday and will update ticket holders of any changes through the media, their website, email and social channels.

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