Face it, no matter what you do, you’re not gonna get into Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 7. As long as you’re willing to take the risk, there will surely be at least a few bars and restaurants open with TVs for you to shout and cheer at on Sunday evening. But does anyone ever even consider those anxiety-filled days leading up to the most viewed television event of the year?
One of Ybor City’s hallmark spots, Crowbar, along with Healthy Phoenix Presents, is going out of its way to safely prepare for what promises to be an historic game between the Bucs and the Chiefs. “The Coin Toss and Pregame” is a Thursday through Saturday get-together that will showcase local live music all weekend long.
Opening night, Thursday, Feb. 4, will feature The Katara Trio continuing to make the harp cool, and Tampa Bay poet Dennis Amadeus, among others. Friday night, local hip-hop innovator Pusha Preme and his band, the Wandering Assassins, as well as experimental sextet Anthill Cinema, will tear the Crowbar down, followed by other locals. Finally, pop-punk quintet Hollyglen and CLP Nation co-founder, and rap god Alec Burnright (pictured, who dropped a new album in December), will headline Saturday night.
Live music isn’t all the Crowbar will have to offer during its pregame party, either. For all three nights in the outdoor beer garden, artists such as Zukanerain and Paintbrush Papi will showcase their work alongside acrobat Crazy Indy. If you plan to get your grub on, food vendors such as the This Little Pig food truck, and the Crowbar’s resident, BOTB-winning grubbery Flavor Deluxx will serve tacos, sandwiches and more. Get your fingers ready, too, because there’s a Saturday paper football tournament that’s open to a maximum of 12 teams.
Speaking of maximums, capacity of each show will be 100 people, with temperature checks at the door, and a strict mask mandate in place. All shows will be primarily seated, but a few socially distanced standing areas will be set up as well.
Tickets are $7 a pop for Thursday night, and $15 for the last two nights. You can find a link to buy them at crowbarybor.com
See a list of Tampa Bay’s “Safe & Sound” live music venues here.
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