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Weekend concert picks: Chris Tomlin, Jackson Browne, Tori Kelly, Safety Harbor SongFest

Delta Rae performs at Safety Harbor SongFest Sunday. [Courtesy of Madison House]
Published Apr. 10

TWICE AS NICE: Chris Tomlin

Back-to-back arena shows is a serious feat. Which should tell you a bit about how much Chris Tomlin loves playing Tampa — and how much Tampa loves him in return. The Christian rock superstar has performed at the Yuengling Center (formerly the USF Sun Dome) every other year since 2013, delivering nights of sweeping, palm-lifting inspiration for crowds in the thousands, but never on two straight nights. You've got double the chances to get into the spirit at 7 p.m. today and Friday. 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $29 and up. Tauren Wells, Pat Barrett, Nicole Serrano and Darren Whitehead open. (813) 974-3004.


Every now and then you'll hear about a Christian artist who tries to go pop. Tori Kelly is doing it the other way around. After scoring a Best New Artist Grammy nomination in 2016, the rangy vocalist recorded a praise album, Hiding Place, that ended up winning two Grammys this February. She just released her first single from Album No. 3, the airy acousti-pop track Change Your Mind, which doubles as a nice preview of her Acoustic Sessions Tour. A stripped-down setting might make the explosive chorus of What About Us shine all the more. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $32.50 and up. (727) 565-0550.

GET MOVING: Safety Harbor SongFest

The town of Safety Harbor always marches to its own beat, so maybe it's not surprising that Safety Harbor SongFest is shaking things up this year. For its sixth edition, the fest will split into three days in three venues. Friday features the Seth Walker Trio, the Currys and Eliot Bronson at 6 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center, 706 Second St. N. Saturday brings Rev Sekou, Shawn Mullins, Randall Bramblett, Trae Pierce and the T-Stone Band and Jocelyn and Chris Arndt at 3 p.m. at the Margaret Heye Great Room at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. And Sunday features Delta Rae with Sugarcane Jane, the Mulligan Brothers' Ross Newell and Hannah Harber and the Lionhearts at 3 p.m. at Crooked Thumb Brewing, 555 10th Ave. S, Safety Harbor. $30 and up per day, $90 and up for the weekend.

NINETIES FINE: Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

We're declaring April '90s Month at Busch Gardens. The park's annual Food & Wine Festival is going all-in on the late 20th century this month, starting with the Weiland- and Bennington-free Stone Temple Pilots at 7 p.m. Saturday, and Prime Country powerhouse Joe Diffie joining Josh Turner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. In the weeks to come, they'll host the Mighty Mighty Bosstones (April 13), Boyz II Men (April 14) and Edwin McCain and Vertical Horizon (April 19). It's not too hot outside yet for flannel, is it? Be advised: There are several blackout dates in place for fun card and select annual pass members this spring, including Saturday. Otherwise, concerts are included with park admission.


Jackson Browne's concerts at Ruth Eckerd Hall often sell out well in advance. But there's a chance you might still be able to snag one for his acoustic show at 8 tonight at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Backed by veteran guitarist Greg Leisz and a pair of backup singers, he'll inject Laurel Canyon favorites like Running On Empty and The Pretender with added intimacy. $52.75 and up. (727) 791-7400.

PIANO MAN: Dick Hyman

A living legend comes to Ybor City Sunday afternoon, as pianist Dick Hyman pops up from his home in Venice to perform for the Tampa Jazz Club. The 92-year-old pianist, arranger and composer has had a career that spans multiple generations: He played with Benny Goodman and on NBC, scored nearly a dozen Woody Allen films, was an early synthesizer pioneer and has been sampled by the likes of Kendrick Lamar, the Beastie Boys and Beck. This is, at the moment, the only show the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master has on his calendar, so don't miss it. 3 p.m. Sunday. Mainstage Theatre at Hillsborough Community College, 1411 E 11th Ave., Ybor City. $10-$20, free for HCC students and faculty. (727) 771-7415,

HEATING UP: Fever Beam

Need a new local band to rally behind? Try on Fever Beam, who recently played the Gasparilla Music Festival and are about to rock bodies around the Southeast. The St. Pete "cowpunk rock 'n' roll" trio will on Friday release a new track, Young Guns, about staying "at home on my couch watching Young Guns on VHS." Before they head on a tour that will take them as far north as Asheville, N.C., they'll join equally wild spirits the Woolly Bushmen and the Jackettes at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Hub, 719 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.


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