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Your weekend arts forecast: Clearwater jazz, TFO pops, SHINE and more

Bill DeYoung



Snarky Puppy, the multi-member jazz/funk ensemble from Texas, plays the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Sunday. Photo: snarkypuppy.com.

How about that Clearwater Jazz Holiday? The 42nd annual four-day festival kicks off today, after a no-show in 2020 (we all know why, right?). There’s lots of really good stuff on the schedule for this “comeback” year.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday at Baycare Ballpark (artist rendering).

It all happens at Baycare Ballpark, the Philadelphia Phillies’ Spring Training home (and home base for the Clearwater Threshers), with cabaret tables and chairs judiciously spread apart on the diamond and the outfield.

Coachman Park, the traditional Jazz Holiday grounds, is being renovated into the $64 million Imagine Clearwater attraction.

Gates open at 3:30 p.m. today. The Thursday schedule: 3:45 p.m., Ariella; 5:15 p.m., Gumbi Ortiz & The Electrik Rendezvous; 6:45 p.m.; Eric Marienthal Featuring The Silverman Brothers; 8:30 p.m., Kool & The Gang (not the first band that springs to mind when one hears the word “jazz,” but OK).

Friday: 4 p.m., Gloria West & The Gents; 5:30 p.m., SPECIAL EFX ALL-STARS featuring Chieli Minucci, Elliott Yamin, Eric Marienthal, Lao Tizer, Karen Briggs, Dave Livolsi and Joel Rosenblatt; 7:30 p.m., “To Grover With Love,” with Jason Miles, Maya Azucena, Marion Meadows, Elan Trotman, Felicia Collins, Richie Goods and Adrian Harpham; 9:30 p.m., Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (ibid).

Saturday: 3 p.m., Clearwater Jazz Holiday/Ruth Eckerd Hall Youth Jazz Band; 5:15 p.m., Joe Marcinek Band Featuring Taylor Galbraith, Ashley Galbraith, Tommy Shugart and Chris Sgammato; 7:15 p.m., Lettuce; 9:15 p.m., Gloria Gaynor (no, the 1970s disco vocalist is not a jazz artist, but you will survive). Fireworks at 10:45.

Sunday: – 3:15 p.m., Lemon City Trio; 4:45 p.m., Lucy Woodward; 6:30 p.m., Dustbowl Revival; 8:30 p.m., Snarky Puppy.

All tickets and details are here.

TFO in the park

The Florida Orchestra also intends to enjoy the great outdoors this weekend. Daniel Black conducts the 2021 Pops in the Park concert Saturday (7 p.m.) in Vinoy Park. Admission is free. This is, understandably, the best-attended TFO performance all year; trolleys will run every 15 minutes between the Sundial parking garage and the park (of course, you’re welcome to TRY to find available metered parking in the vicinity).

The program, which begins with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” concludes with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, covers a lot of popular ground – along with the themes from Star Wars, Frozen and To Kill a Mockingbird, the band will play a polka by Bedrich Smetana, Edwin Christie’s “Daughter of Freedom” and much more.

In case you can’t make it, the whole concert happens again at 7 p.m. Sunday, at River Tower Park in Tampa. All info is here.

Big weekend highlights

“Cosi fan tutte.” Photo: Bill DeYoung.

Also back in action between Friday and Tuesday is St. Petersburg Opera Company. The group’s got a full-scale production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at the Palladium Theater, with live orchestra. Here’s our story from earlier in the week.

We live in St. Paintersburg this weekend, as the seventh annual SHINE Mural Festival kicks into high gear. Nearly 20 brand-new murals are being created, right under our noses, on downtown walls. There are special SHINE-y events happening Friday and Saturday, too. Meet the Class of ’21 here, in our story from earlier in the week.

A couple of legendary rock ‘n’ roll singers are in the Ruth Eckerd Hall universe: Jim Messina (of Poco and Loggins & Messina) plays the Capitol Theatre tonight (Thursday, Oct. 14), while the Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward (that’s him on “Nights in White Satin,” “Question” and a dozen other classics) is at the Cap Friday night. And the great Pat Benatar, who tours as a duo with her guitarist husband Neil Giraldo, sings at Ruth Eckerd Hall proper Sunday. All info here.

Still more concerts: Rapper Lil Baby performs tonight at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil plays the Hard Rock Event Center, with Great White opening, tonight. Saturday’s Modest Mouse show at Jannus Landing is sold out.

The final performance of Bob Devin Jones’ extraordinary “choreopoem” Until the River Never Grieves takes place tonight at 7:30 at thestudio@620; click here to read all about it.

Plot Points in Our Sexual Development opens Friday at Studio Grand Central; read about this remarkable two-person play here.

Bay area actors Eugenie Bondurant and Paul Wilson will be at the Tampa Theatre Saturday for an 8:30 p.m. screening of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. It’s free, but reservations are required. They’ll stick around for a Q&A about the film, in which they both have major roles.

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