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Our pick of the best things to do this week.

Wednesday April 27
Elton John
“I can not wait to go there !” said Elton John when he announced this postponed date as part of his farewell (?) “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” tour, and we believe him. Sir Elton dazzled in 2019 with a scintillating command performance. This night should be no different. Get ready to tear up during “Tiny Dancer,” because this will be the last time you’ll hear it live here. Definitively. Perhaps. 8 p.m., Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.,, $66.50-$246

Thursday April 28
count crows
Survivors of 1990s alternative rock and troubadours “Mr. Jones” Counting Crows headline Hard Rock Live ahead of an appearance at Sunfest. Counting Crows made a breakthrough in the 90s with radio hits such as “Mr. Jones” and “Round Here” from the debut album August and everything after. Not one to rest on nostalgic laurels, folk rockers fronted by Adam Duritz recently released a mini album Butter Miracle, Suite 1, so expect to hear a good dose of this platter. 8 p.m., Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd.,, $56.50-$123

Jen Fulwiler
Comedian and SiriusXM host Fulwiler pilots her “Minivan Fabulous” tour through the doors of Dr. Phil. The mother-of-six rose to fame via viral TikTok and Instagram videos where she riffs on parenting weaknesses like few others do these days. 7:30 p.m., Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center, 445 S. Magnolia Ave.,, $35
The fiery young West Coast rapper is riding a wave of rave reviews for his work — including this summer’s recently released possible soundtrack, “Popstar,” on accredited label Roc Nation Records. The shows sold out on this tour, so I hope you act fast. 6 p.m., The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.,, $25

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott
Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott have released their collaboration Songs of comfort and hope album at the end of 2020, and they’re finally bringing this IRL healing music to Orlando. The duo have been close collaborators since the 1980s, and the most recent grew out of a series of home performance videos Ma made during the pandemic lockdown in 2020. These turned into a project of more formal recording that saw Stott and Ma tackle pop, classic chestnuts and jazz. 7:30 p.m., Steinmetz Hall, Dr. Phillips Center, 445 S. Magnolia Ave.,, $50-$250

friday april 29
Kountry Wayne
“Straight Out the Mud”… and in the chic Steinmetz settings! Comedian Kountry Wayne continues the previous night’s Yo-Yo Ma show with something refreshing and different: the skits, impressions and storytelling that made him a viral internet sensation. Just write big and fleshed out for the stage and not for a phone screen. 7:30 p.m., Steinmetz Hall, Dr. Phillips Center, 445 S. Magnolia Ave.,, $40.25-$229.25

The Pineapple Thief
One of the highlights of King Crimson’s farewell command performance at the Frontyard Festival last year was the percussive work of Gavin Harrison as part of a triumvirate of drummers. Now Harrison returns with his “day job” band, eclectic masters from the new programming school Pineapple Thief. They’re starting their US tour here, so we have to do something right. 8 p.m., Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave.,, $24.50-$44.50

Saturday April 30
beth hart
Singer-songwriter Hart is on the “Thankful” tour with a greatest hits set and a pack of Zeppelin covers from her latest mini album in her back pocket. In case. 8 p.m., Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave.,, $39.50-$64.50

cigar box guitar festival
There is an old truism that necessity is the mother of invention. One of the most fascinating inventions in the history of necessity-based music is the DIY cigar guitar, dating back to the late 19th century. When properly wielded by the likes of Bo Diddley, the humble homemade ax packs as much sound and fury as the most expensive Telecaster. Today’s event celebrates this instrument, with a number of new practitioners strutting their stuff. Noon, Lake Concord Park, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry,, free

DTO Jazz Festival
The Miami International Jazz Festival decamps a few hours north of Dr. Phil, so say hello to the first DTO Jazz Fest. And just in time for International Jazz Day, the relocated festival will feature an all-star lineup including Oscar Hernandez & the Alma Libre Quintet, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and Yamit & the Vinyl Boulevard. 8 p.m., Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center, 445 S. Magnolia Ave.,, $40-$89

The great duck derby
Gentlehumans, start your ducks! The annual tradition of rubber duck racing returns to the bucolic Mead Garden. Expect multiple rounds of high spirited duck competition and more family fun. 10 a.m., Mead Botanical Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive., Winter Park,, free

Leonard Jacome
Venezuelan musician Jacome brings the Llanero electric harp and a loop station (!) to the Timucua Arts house, where he will weave a haunting and dreamlike hybrid web of jazz and Latin music. 7:30 p.m., Timucua Arts, 2000 S. Summerlin Ave.,, $25

Orlando Book Festival
Each year, the library welcomes a host of best-selling authors who give talks and workshops and speak at panels. This year’s star guests include Floridian comedian and novelist Tim Dorsey, Christopher Balzano and many more. 10 a.m., Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.,, free

Saturday-Sunday, April 30-May 1
Saint John River Arts Festival
Artists and artisans displaying their wares, as well as live artist demonstrations featuring DIY artwork you can take home are featured in this high-profile event. Live acoustic performances and
gourmet meals accompany the work of art. Historic Downtown Sanford,, free

Sunday May 1
Adam Lambert
american idol Lambert, a semi-finalist and Queen collaborator, is playing a few solo gigs down South and if you have any interest in knowing where he’s at creatively, you better do it now. His next venture is a major UK summer tour with surviving members of the glam titans Queen – where he’ll once again fill Freddie Mercury’s shoes – and it’s an expensive proposition. 8 p.m., Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd.,, $59.50-$124.50

Melissa Etheridge
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Etheridge will return to Central Florida at a new stage – the famous Steinmetz Hall. Etheridge is coming to Florida as part of his tour to promote the new album Output. The conceit of the album is intriguing, with Etheridge revisiting old and unreleased material from the 1980s and breathing new life into it with the benefit of age and experience. 7:30 p.m., Steinmetz Hall, Dr. Phillips Center, 445 S. Magnolia Ave.,, $49.50-

Tuesday, May 3
New indie-pop trio AJR are bringing their “OK ​​Orchestra” tour back to the City Beautiful. The young, multi-platinum pop trio plays Orlando as one of only two Florida shows during this jaunt. AJR’s latest album, OK Orchestra, barnstorm straight through the Billboard Alternative and Rock Albums charts, topping both simultaneously. 7:30 p.m., Addition Financial Arena, 12777 N. Gemini Blvd.,, $47-$77.


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