The Gasparilla Guide

Argh! The top events happening this festive week in Tampa


Thursday, January 26

Cabaret at Straz Center (Thursday through Sunday)
Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece returns to Tampa! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL’S (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET. Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at CABARET, JOHN KANDER, FRED EBB and JOE MASTEROFF’s Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. Carol Morsani Hall at Straz Center, 1010 North Macinnes Place.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Present Circus Xtreme at Amalie Arena (Thursday through Sunday)
It’s time for your family to be amazed by all the X-TRAORDINARY things you know and love about America’s favorite live family entertainment experience. Be astonished by UN-XPECTED circus spectacles you’ve never seen before and that can’t be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth. Performances through January 29. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive.

Grateful Dead Nite with Uncle John’s Band at Skipper’s Smokehouse
Hippies please use side door… UJB has been faithfully bringing the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead to Skipper’s every Thursday at Skipper’s since 1998. Uncle John’s Band was formed in 1989 in Clearwater Florida from a combination of talented musicians who love to play the music of the Grateful Dead. The purpose of Uncle John’s Band is to recreate the atmosphere and musical adventure of a live Dead show. 7pm. FREE. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road.

Loni Love at Side Splitters Comedy Club
Loni is in demand and loving it. She returned as co-host for season 2 of her hit daytime talker “The Real” this past year. The nationally syndicated show airs on the FOX affiliates and rebroadcasts in primetime on cable network BET. The show was recently renewed for 2 more years through the 2017/2018 season, and has just been nominated for 4 EMMY Awards. Begins at 8:30pm. $25 per person. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 North Dale Mabry Highway.

Matewan (1987) at Tampa Theatre
Matewan is a fictionalized version of the real events of the Battle of Matewan in West Virginia in 1920. In those days The Stone Mountain Coal Company ran the town: they owned the mine, which was the only source of work in the area, setting hours and wages; they owned the homes all the workers lived in; and they ran the company store, where the workers (paid in scrip) were forced to buy all of their food and supplies at prices the Company set. This show is sponsored by the Florida Future Labor Leaders. Profits will benefit the Tampa Bay Area Chapter. Screening begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $11 online. Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street.

 

Friday, January 27

Seven Lions: #Pound Fridays at The Ritz
Blunts and Blondes, Smgglr, Winta set to perform this Friday at The Ritz. Show begins at 10pm. $15-$20. The Ritz, 1503 East 7th Avenue.

Fourth Friday in Downtown Tampa (Various Locations)
Celebrate the best in arts, food and entertainment in Tampa during our fabulous Fourth Friday celebration. This monthly event is sponsored by TECO Energy. Museums and arts venues extend their hours late into the evening and off special discounts. Attendees also enjoy complimentary Pirate Water Taxi rides and downtown restaurant deals. The event runs from 4-10pm. Free wristbands are available at participating venues. Visit their website for a full list of participating venues.

Nikki Talley at Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe
Nikki Talley sings her boots off, plays acoustic guitar as well as her mountain clawhammer banjo while hubby, Jason Sharp, plays lead on an ole ’57 Gibson LG-2 and also plays bass and sings harmony. 10pm-midnight. Ella’s Americana, 5119 North Nebraska Avenue.

REWIND: Starship Troopers at Tampa Theatre
Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival. Screening begins at 10:30pm. Tickets are $7. Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street.

The Attic Presents Tim Montana and the Shrednecks at Rock Brothers Brewing
Join Rock Bros Brewing for the debut of the outlaw country artist Tim Montana & the Shrednecks to the Attic Stage. VIP doors open at 6pm — includes meet and greet with band, complimentary craft beer/wine/cocktail. GA doors open at 7pm. $25 for VIP, $15 for GA. Click HERE for tickets. Rock Brothers Brewing, 1510 East 8th Avenue.

Tim Dorsey Book Signing “Clownfish Blues” and AppleButter Express at Skipper’s Smokehouse
Tim will be doing a book signing at Skipper’s for his book, “Clownfish Blues”. Signing begins at 7pm and is free and open to the public. The Applebutter Express has performed at such prestigious festivals as Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Hulaween, Suwannee Springfest, and many others. Concert begins at 8pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road.

 

Saturday, January 28

Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Parade
Pirates, Parades and “Piratechnics” Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla invites you to join them for the pleasures ‘n treasures of Tampa’s historic Gasparilla celebration. A Gasparilla Invasion Brunch takes place at the Tampa Convention Center from 9:30am-1pm. Click HERE for tickets. The Jose Gasparilla sets sail at the south end of Hillsborough Bay at 11:30am, sails north to Seddon Channel and docks at the Tampa Convention Center at 1pm. Bleacher tickets are also available on their website. The parade of the pirates begins at 2pm and lasts until 5:30pm. The parade begins at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard. It continues along Bayshore to Borein Street, then North on Ashley Drive. Parade ends at Cass Street and Ashley Drive. Visit their website for full details on the festivities.

Gulfwing at New World Brewery
Gulfwing is set to perform with Spar and Frank Hezzalia and the Cave Trains on Saturday. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $5 + fees. New World Brewery, 1313 East 8th Avenue.

Atmosphere at The Orpheum
The hip-hpo duo Atmosphere performs at The Orpheum on Saturday night. Doors open at 9pm. Tickets are $25 + fees. The Orpheum, 1915 East 7th Avenue.

La Santa Cecila at Crowbar
LA-based La Santa Cecilia fuses bossa nova, boleros and cumbia to create a sound all their own. Doors open at 8pm. $22. Crowbar, 1812 North 17th Street.

Trae Pierce and the T-Stone Band and Shevonne at Skipper’s Smokehouse
Trae Pierce can funk you up. A veteran of the stage, Trae has been touring with bands such as Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Dr Hook, James Brown and more for over three decades. In addition to his time on the road, Trae has produced and recorded with hip-hop, rock and blues icons such as Flo-Rida, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, and Emmylou Harris. 8pm. $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road.

JB Ball at Side Splitters Comedy Club
Raised by a southern conspiracy theorist and a performer from LA, J.B. Ball is built for fishing out the ridiculous and putting it on display. As a charmer who refuses to let things go, he’s deceivingly edgy and intelligent in a way that forces audiences to think and re-evaluate what’s going on with us as individuals, a country, and a race of people. Begins at 5:30pm. $10. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 North Dale Mabry Highway.

Dead Kennedys at The Cuban Club
One of the top influential punk bands of all time, the Dead Kenndys, peform at the Cuban Club on Saturday night. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $20+ fees. The Cuban Club, 2010 Republica de Cuba (14th Avenue).

 

Sunday, January 29

Joshua Bell at Straz Center
After tremendous critical acclaim and a successful concert career, lauded violin prodigy Joshua Bell became a household name in 2007 when his video of playing in a D.C. metro station as part of a Washington Post article on art and context went viral. Since then, Bell’s sublime, thoughtful career as a musician opened the world of classical music to a new generation and galvanized his role as not only a master musician but also as the vanguard of the form. Sam Haywood, piano, will accompany Joshua Bell. Begins at 7pm. Tickets start at $65. Click HERE to reserve your seats. Ferguson Hall at Straz Center, 1010 North Macinnes Place.

The Hummingbirds at Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe
The Hummingbirds are husband-wife team S.G. and Rachel Wood. Born and raised in Detroit, now residing in Tampa, their music is both northern and southern Americana, blending both grit, and self reliance with hospitality, and charm. 4-8pm. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 North Nebraska Avenue.

Talking Dreads at Skipper’s Smokehouse
Talking Dreads began as a project born from the audacious notion that hardcore Heads-lovers wouldn’t mind a tinkering or two with their favorite Talking Heads tunes, and there is a lot of great music here that will make you stop, listen and smile a little bit more as you’re grooving along to the joyous rhythms and jubilant spirit of the island vibe. 5pm. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road.

Bestsellers on the Big Screen: Moby Dick at Tampa Theatre
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain’s self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick. Screening at 3pm. Tickets are $10 online. Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street.

 

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