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ST. PETERSBURG CATCHES THE BLUES, R&B AND ROWDIES FEVER THIS WEEKEND

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (April 10, 2015) – The Tampa Bay Blues Festival and R&B crooner Smokey Robinson tune up St. Petersburg’s waterfront for a weekend of music, while Tampa Bay Rowdies fans celebrate Opening Day at the newly-renovated Al Lang Stadium.

Catch the Blues –Blues artists, including Boz Scaggs, Tower of Power, Tab Benoit, and Southern Hospitality are part of an all-star musical lineup when the 21st annual Tampa Bay Blues Festival gets underway today, April 10, through Sunday, April 12, in Vinoy Park. Following each day’s concert, blues fans may continue the celebration with more great music during after shows at the Palladium. Tickets for both the Tampa Bay Blues Fest and after shows are available at www.tampabaybluesfest.com or at the Palladium Theater.

Parking is available at the city-owned South Core garage, 100 First Avenue South, and at Sundial, 117 Second Street North, both conveniently located near festival shuttle stops. Festival goers should expect to pay between $5 and $10 for parking.

Blues Fest fans are encouraged to ride free festival shuttles which will provide service every 15 minutes between downtown parking locations and Vinoy Park. Shuttles hours are 4 to 11 p.m. tomorrow; on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Shuttle stops are located at:

  • on the east side of First Street South, just south of First Avenue South, near Al Lang Stadium;
  • on the east side of First Street mid-block between First and Second Avenues North;
  • and on the north side of Seventh Avenue NE, just west of Bayshore Drive in Vinoy Park.

More information and printable shuttle route maps are available at www.stpetetrolley.com/Events.html.

Road closures during the Blues Festival include Second Ave. NE to Bayshore Drive NE; Fifth Avenue to Bayshore Drive NE; Seventh Avenue to Bayshore Drive NE and Seventh Avenue to North Shore Drive NE. Cone lines along Fifth Avenue NE will be in place for guests and residents of the Vinoy Hotel and Vinoy Place condos.

Parking restrictions will be in effect through 11 p.m. Sunday along Fifth Avenue NE from the east and west offsets of Bayshore Drive; both sides of Bayshore Drive NE from Fifth to Seventh Avenues NE; and on the east side of North Shore Drive from Seventh to 11th Avenues NE. Residents with vehicles displaying Residential Parking Permits who normally park in this area are encouraged to find alternate parking locations during the event.

Get Rowdies! - The Tampa Bay Rowdies kick off the 2015 spring soccer season by hosting Minnesota United FC at the newly-renovated Al Lang Stadium on Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. Rowdies fans are invited to support the team during a pre-match street party on Beach Drive SE between 2 and 8 p.m. before heading over to Al Lang Stadium. Beach Drive SE will be closed to traffic between Central Ave. and First Ave. S. Following the match, Rowdies fans may continue the celebration at Al Lang Stadium with fireworks and live music by the Black Honkeys. Tickets for Opening Day and all other Rowdies matches are available at www.rowdiessoccer.com.

Fan amenities in the newly-renovated stadium include a state-of-the-art scoreboard; a wider field; 55-inch television screens broadcasting every minute of on-field action throughout the stadium’s concourse; food and beverage delivery to fan seating areas; as well as a team merchandise store.

On Sunday, April 12, don’t miss R&B crooner Smokey Robinson as he brings his signature falsetto   to entertain crowds at the Mahaffey Theater. The Hollywood Walk of Fame inductee will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at www.themahaffey.com.

For other events in St. Petersburg this weekend, visit www.stpete.org/events

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