There’ll be three stages set up on the grounds of Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium Saturday and Sunday for the inaugural Innings Festival, produced by the company behind the Lollapalooza Festival.
It’s baseball-themed (hence the name) and was designed to complement the 2022 Spring Training season in Florida – which has officially just begun, after a delay for salary negotiations.
Green Day headlines Saturday, with the Lumineers closing things out Sunday. Other bands on the lineup include 311, Incubus, Goo Goo Dolls, Jimmy Eat World, O.A.R. and a dozen others.
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Jake Peavy will host the “All-Star Baseball Jam,” with appearances by 16 – count ‘em – 16 MLB legends.
Events on the three stages will be staggered, so visitors will be a chance to see and hear pretty much everything, without missing out.
Tickets start at $95 here.
The oft-postponed Reggae Rise Up is scheduled for Friday through Sunday at Vinoy Park in St. Pete. Acts include Shaggy, Slightly Stoopid, Iration, Rebelution, Soja, Atmosphere, Steel Pulse, Passafire and more.
Here’s our story from Wednesday about Reggae Rise-Up; it includes a link for tickets and additional information.
Country music stars, ’90s style: Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye will perform Saturday at the 30th annual Country in the Park festival, at England Brothers Park in Pinellas Park. Admission to the 12-10 p.m. family event is free. More about this Friday in the Catalyst.
Factory dance party
Legendary DJ Jus-Ed, who has residencies in Berlin, Paris and New York City, will be the featured attraction at Saturday’s Open Air Day Party, 5 p.m. until midnight at The Factory St. Pete. Alsp spinning with be Austen Van Der Bleek, K. Slat and Adrian Ash.
“DJing is about timing,” the Texas-born Jus-Ed told techtools.com. “Not the mix timing: it’s how to present the next songs or tracks. It is how you have practiced at home and listen and watched other DJs play, how you have educated yourself about the musical make up: cords, vocals, drum patterns, the sound quality of the track or song.
“At parties, I see a lot of people who don’t pay attention to the music. When I show up at parties, the people are sometimes not clear why they are there. They don’t have any clue about the music. These people may feel like, ‘When I go to a party, I just want to forget about my troubles, I want to feel emotions or I want to let go of these emotions.’ It’s about learning how to read the floor not minds … I always ask myself, ‘How can I capture these people’s attention and give them the good free energy and love I have for this music?’ Back home we call it conjuring the spirits so people can get lifted.”
Tickets for Saturday’s event are here.
Music and concerts
Rapper Tyler, The Creator visits the Yuengling Center, on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, Saturday. On the bill are Kali Uchis, Vince Staples and Teezo Touchdown. Tickets here.
“Mr. Las Vegas” himself, the ageless Wayne Newton, has a concert date Sunday at the Seminole Hard Rock event center. Tickets are here, danke schoen.
Onstage at Ruth Eckerd Hall Friday and Saturday: The ageless Frankie Valli (he’s 87, if you’re counting) and the Four Seasons. Shows are at 8 both nights; tickets are here.
What goes up must come down: Although there are no original members, the jazz/rock entity known as Blood, Sweat & Tears continues to tour, and the Mahaffey Theater’s got ‘em tonight (Thursday, March 17). Tickets are here.
On Friday, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti performs at the Capitol Theatre, for the seventh time. Six degrees (or fewer) of separation: Several of Botti’s early albums were produced by Bobby Colomby, the founding drummer for Blood, Sweat & Tears, who owns the band name but no longer tours.
Botti tickets are here.
The Florida Orchestra is at the Mahaffey Saturday with America’s Wonders, a performance of American composers (Copland, Kander and Ebb et cetera) accompanied by stirring high-definition video of national parks. Daniel Black conducts; tickets are here. Did we mention the video is in 3-D? Glasses will be provided.
The Palladium Theater’s annual Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp takes place Saturday, with the Boogie (along with the woogie) coming from Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues, Daryl Davis, Josh Christina and Ethan Leinwand. Tickets can be got here.
At Jobsite Theatre, the stage production of Anthony Burgess’ dystopian crime story A Clockwork Orange continues this weekend (Thursday through Sunday). And actor Chazz Palminteri (The Usual Suspects) is onstage Sunday at the Capitol Theatre with his one-man show A Bronx Tale. Click on the links for tickets.
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