New Orleans bluesman Tab Benoit plays extremely limited-capacity Sunday show at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

The venue is hosting just 296 people for the seated affair.

click to enlarge New Orleans bluesman Tab Benoit plays extremely limited-capacity Sunday show at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg
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Tab Benoit, who I probably wouldn’t know much about if it wasn’t for my dad’s late night jam sessions, is having a seated show at the Jannus Live courtyard. The Baton Rouge bluesman is one of the modern artists doing Delta Blues right, evidenced in his multiple awards including a couple B.B.King Entertainer of the Year award from the Blues Music Awards.

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay has been in contact with Benoit’s publicity team which has said that the Sunday gig will be capped at 296 people, meaning the venue is operating at just above 20%. Plainly put for the folks appalled at what comic-metal band Steel Panther did at Jannus: There will be no standing or dancing at Jannus this time around. Tickets are sold by table, and at press time there were only a few tables left, so get it on it.

Jannus is pleading with folks to stay home if they are feeling sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. And since the bartenders are serving less people than ever before, don’t forget to tip with a whole lotta soul.

Tab Benoit. Sunday, Jan. 31, 6 p.m. $50. Jannus Live, St. Petersburg.

See a list of Tampa Bay’s “Safe & Sound” live music venues here.

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Stephanie Powers

Freelance contributor Stephanie Powers started her media career as an Editorial Assistant long ago when the Tampa Bay Times was still called the St. Petersburg Times. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she studied improvisation at Second City Hollywood, she came back to Tampa and stayed put.She soon...
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