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Your weekend arts forecast: Everclear, Fastball, Mindi and Bernie

Bill DeYoung

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Art Alexakis and Everclear at the Hermosa Beach Pier, California, 2017. Photo: Justin Higuchi (WikiCommons)

Baseball season is upon us and wouldn’t you know, Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill is throwing us a Fastball.

That’d the Fastball, the Austin pop/rock trio that scored a platinum album in 1995 with All the Pain Money Can Buy, and a huge hit on the Modern Rock charts with the insanely catchy single “The Way.”

The band is playing the Ferg’s Party Deck, 1320 Central Ave., Friday. The “Spring Break of Rock” show, with co-headliner Everclear, kicks off at 7 (gates open at 6).

The remarkable thing about Fastball is that the same three guys (Miles Zuniga, Tony Salzo and Joey Shuffield) that started the band are still together, 25 years after Fastball’s big moment in the sun.

Still fronted by founding songwriter, singer and guitarist Art Alexakis, Everclear burst forth in the early ‘90s, when the media insisted on referring to new bands as “alt” (for alternative) rock. The Oregon outfit released three albums on Capitol that reached platinum status: Sparkle and Fade, So Much For the Afterglow and Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile.

The band’s best-known songs include “Wonderful,” “Everything to Everyone,” “Santa Monica” and “Father of Mine.”

The show openers will be Sponge singer Vinnie Dombroski, and the Tampa band Folk University.

The Party Deck is configured for up to 1,200 people. Spaced tables and chairs will be available.

Find tickets, and additional information, here.

And another concert: Jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair, an internationally-revered recording and touring artist who also happens to be a native of St. Petersburg, is in concert Saturday at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, with former baseball great Bernie Williams, an accomplished and well-regarded jazz, Latin jazz and classical guitarist, opening. Details here.

Former Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams plays in Clearwater Saturday.

The other stuff

It’s Easter weekend, under pandemic watch, which leaves us with a light load of arts and entertainment options. Along with St. Petersburg’s world-class museums and spectacular art galleries (could this finally be your weekend to bring the family?), here’s what we’ve got:

The latest freeFall Theater “drive-in” production, the musical Leonard Bernstein’s New York, opens Friday. Check it out.

Ybor City’s Lab Theater Project is in the final weekend of live (and livestreamed) performances of An Evening With Eberlein, consisting of three short plays by New England playwright Jared Eberlein. Check it out.

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