City of Tampa welcomes Spam All Stars for a free surprise show before the Tampa Bay Lightning watch party

The Bolts and bachata draw thousands to Curtis Hixon Park tonight

If it’s still unclear, Bolts fever has established a firm and unrelenting grip on Tampa Bay.

The Lightning is up 2-1 in their best of seven game series against the Chicago Blackhawks, which look to even up the Stanley Cup Final and take home the game 4 win in the Windy City. And while the boys in blue might be 1,175 miles away, the hometeam fans are taking over downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park and mixing their Bolts with bachata when Miami’s Spam All Stars land for a surprise free gig before the 8 p.m. watch party kicks off tonight.

The Magic City purveyors of turntable, saxophone, flute, guitar, and horn driven Latin fusion will take the stage at 6 p.m. and play for about an hour-and-a-half. Lightning mascot Thunderbug and the Tampa Bay Lightning Girls will be there, and food trucks will also be on hand to satiate fans' gastro pangs.

On Monday, an estimated 8,000 fans braved a brief summer shower to watch the team overcome a 2-1 deficit en route to a late game 3 victory that has the Lightning two wins away from hosting the Stanley Cup — the National Hockey League’s championship trophy — for the first time since the team won the championship over 10 years ago.

The event is set to go on rain or shine, and the forecast for tomorrow evening says there’s a 50 percent chance of rain in between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. before it drops to 25 percent at 8 p.m.. Attendees can bring their own chairs, but no coolers are allowed. Curtis Hixon Park is located at 600 N. Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa.

More information is available via and on Facebook. Watch Spam All Stars’ video for “Cosquillita” below.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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