Straz Center celebrates ‘Lights On Tampa’ with free Friday concert on the downtown Riverwalk

The concert features a stacked local bill.

click to enlarge Straz Center celebrates ‘Lights On Tampa’ with free Friday concert on the downtown Riverwalk
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Tampa Total Request Live hosts Roxanne Gallo and Zachary Hines are taking their Best of the Bay winning virtual show into the real world for this gig celebrating the weekend’s Lights On Tampa event. Since 2006, Lights on Tampa has been a self-guided public art tour which incorporates light-based art as well as dance and music pop-ups (the festival happens 6 p.m.-9 p.m. March 5-6).

This socially-distanced TTRL show brings out singers Mwiza Simfukwe, Claire Vandiver and pop-soul singer NDO. Local emcees Mike Mass and Perception (pictured) will also be backed by the jazz trio The Ruckus, which includes harpist Seth Adam Lynn.

Table service is provided, so you really can Riverwalk and Chill. Tickets are first come, first served, but for me, the question of the night is how fabulous is Gallo’s outfit going to be? Straz follows an applaudable COVID-19 protocol, which can be seen at strazcenter.org.

Straz also added a bunch of artists to its “Live and Local” series which happens on select Friday and Saturday nights starting with Carlos Pena on April 2. The free shows bring a bunch of local talent to the Riverwalk including Shevonne and Eden Shireen. Both TTRL and Live and Local events are first come, first serve so make plans to get there on time.

TTRL Riverwalk and Chill: Light On Tampa Edition: Mwiza Simfukwe w/Claire Vandiver/NDO/Mike Mass/Peception/The Ruckus. Friday, March 5, 7 p.m. Free. Riverwalk Stage at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. strazcenter.org

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

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