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Weekend forecast: Two Tampa nights with Drake

Bill DeYoung



Singer/rapper Drake performs Friday and Sunday at Amalie Arena. Photo: Republic Records.

Singer/rapper Drake’s 2024 tour (called It’s All a Blur, Big As the What?) stops at Amalie Arena Friday and Sunday (apparently he has other plans Saturday night).

The multi-platinum Canadian sensation is sharing his stage with rapper J. Cole, whose Drake duet “First Person Shooter” provided the name for the cross-country tour.

All eight Drake albums went to No. 1 on the Billboard chart. If you’re a fan and you know about these Amalie concerts, you most likely already have tickets.

Otherwise, find them here.


More concerts

Americana singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams makes a welcome return to the bay area with a show tonight at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Tickets.

Playing music from the Japanese anime series Cowboy Bebop, the 14-piece jazz band onstage tonight at the Tampa Theatre is called, wouldn’t you know it, Cowboy Bebop Live! The multi-media performance begins at 8 p.m., and tickets are here.

Reggae singer/rapper Matisyahuhere’s his Catalyst interview from earlier this week – has a concert at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg Friday.

Dar Williams is at the Capitol Theatre Sunday. Publicity photo.

Country music’s Tanya Tucker plays Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)  Saturday. Tickets.

At Tampa’s Yuengling Center Saturday and Sunday, it’s hip hop comedian Katt Williams. The arena is on the Tampa campus on the University of South Florida. Tickets are here.

The Capitol Theatre welcomes back singer/songwriter Dar Williams Sunday. Tickets.

At the Tampa Theatre Friday at 8: Comedian Demitri Martin (see The Overthinker Netflix special). Click here for tickets.

Sunday’s Static-X and Sevendust show at the Seminole Hard Rock Event Center is sold out.

The Tampa Repertory Theatre comedy “Straight White Men” opens this weekend. Photo: Ashley Emrick Photography.

On theater stages

The Diaries of Adam and Eve, the second installment in American Stage’s Tales By Twilight series, opens today and runs through Feb. 18 on the trail at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. Find info and tickets here.

American Stage’s new mainstage show, The Chinese Lady (based on the true story of Afong Moy, brought to this country in the 1830s and put on “display”) opens Friday, with a preview show tonight. Read all about it, and find tickets, here.

Straight White Men, Young Jean Lee’s comedy about race, gender and privilege in the 21st Century, opens Friday (with a preview show tonight) at USF Theatre Centre in Tampa. The Tampa Repertory Theatre production runs through Feb. 18. Tickets.

The Off-Central in St. Petersburg opens a two-weekend run of  Whiskey & Soda, a U.S. premiere, tonight. British playwright Ben Randall’s script imagines a meeting – in the Churchill Room of Washington’s British embassy – between John Lennon and newly-elected Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Read about the show here (there’s a ticket link there, too).

And Jobsite Theater’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night continues at the Jaeb Theatre, inside Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets.


The classics

Mozart’s Don Giovanni is performed Friday and Sunday by Opera Tampa, the resident opera company of Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts, accompanied by The Florida Orchestra, in Ferguson Hall, the Straz Center’s largest theater. For info and tickets, click here.

As for The Florida Orchestra organization itself, there’s a chamber music concert this weekend, featuring Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Paul Hindemith’s Tuttifantchen Suite. Chelsea Gallo is the conductor; performances are Friday (7:30 p.m.) at Church of the Ascension, Clearwater; Saturday (8 p.m.) at the Tampa Theatre, Tampa; 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Petersburg’s Palladium Theater. Find details and tickets here.

On its current six-state tour, the award-winning St. Olaf Choir, from Minnesota, returns to St. Petersburg Saturday at First Presbyterian Church. The 75-member a cappella choir from St. Olaf College celebrates its 112th anniversary this year. The program will consist of sacred and secular music. Find tickets here.


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