Looking for a good time this weekend? Don’t know what’s going on? Every week I give you my top picks for a weekend of fun in the Bay Area. Here are my suggestions for a weekend filled with laughter, beer, and sizzling hot southern rock!

Friday July 22

Night Laughter

Stand-up Comedian Jim Gaffigan
7pm @ Ruth Eckerd Hall

Comedian and Actor Jim Gaffigan has appeared many times on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”His writing and voice work on the animated series Pale Force for Conan led to nominations for an Emmy. As an actor, he co-starred with Ellen DeGeneres on her sitcom “The Ellen Show”.

Ruth Eckerd Hall is located at 1111 North McMullen Booth Rd in Clearwater.

Ticket Prices are $39.75 & $49.75
(727) 791-7400


Beer And Bluegrass

Cask Beer Expo
5:00p to 8:00p
St Petersburg Coliseum
Admission $35

The expo will offer an array of cask-conditioned beers — unfiltered and unpasteurized beer that’s served straight from the cask without any added nitrogen or CO2. There will be over 25 offerings from both well-known and local breweries on hand to sample and free cheese plates to pair with the beers. Live music by the State Road 64 bluegrass band.

The St Petersburg Coliseum is located at 535 4th Ave. N in St Pete
Visit the official site, craftbeerexpo.org for more information.

SUNDAY July 24

Smoking Southern Rock

Jimmie Van Zant
Skipper’s Smokehouse
Restaurant & Oyster Bar
5pm  $12/15

Jacksonville recording artist Jimmy Van Zant is a cousin of the famous Van Zant brothers of Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special.Experience Southern Rock the Van Zant way, bourbon soaked and smoking hot.

Skipper’s menu focuses on Florida cuisine with tastes of the Caribbean and Louisiana; the mix is dubbed “Florribean.”  Try their specialty Oysters on the half shell and award winning Gator chili.

Skipper’s Smokehouse is in Tampa
910 Skipper Road
Phone: (813) 971-0666