CLEARWATER - Grammy Award winning saxophonist Kenny G returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premier artist in contemporary jazz.
Since the early ‘80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide - 45 million in the U.S. alone - and more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. He will be performing many of his career hits and as well as songs of the holiday.
ST. PETERSBURG - Direct from Carnegie Hall, three of the Big Apple's finest vocalists - Daniel Rodriguez, Andy Cooney and Christopher Macchio - come together for The Magic of Christmas starring the New York Tenors, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.
Daniel Rodriguez is well known to Americans as New York's inspirational "singing cop." After 9/11, he performed at dozens of memorials and public events, in uniform, in a sense becoming the face - and voice - of the City's strength and resolve.
The Ries Brothers return to the Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 pm. This will be their third concert at the Murray Theatre, and like the first two, this show is expected to sell-out quickly.
Hailing from Clearwater, The Ries Brothers recently completed their second tour opening for the legendary band Chicago. The Ries Brothers have also opened for Daughtry, Los Lonely Boys, REO Speedwagon and Little River Band, among others.
Older brother Charlie (20) handles the lead vocals while simultaneously playing the drums and keyboard bass. Kevin (16) plays guitar, provides background vocals and is the co-writer on many of their original songs. In the summer of 2013, the boys participated in the exclusive Los Angeles Grammy Museum Music Revolution Project at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
ST. PETERSBURG - Billy F Gibbons, internationally known as the guitarist and frontman for multi-platinum blues-rock legends ZZ Top, is touring in support of his debut solo album, followed by an American tour, which includes a stop at The Mahaffey Sunday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.
The Afro-Cuban influenced Perfectamundo by Billy Gibbons and The BFG’s was released by Concord Records on Nov. 6.
The tour ends in Cuba, where Billy will play the Havana Jazz Festival - a perfect climax for an album that was initially inspired by an over-the-transom invitation to perform at last year’s Havana Jazz Festival.
CLEARWATER - Multi-Grammy nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. with the must-see show of the holiday season.
“By all rights, smooth jazz should own the holiday season, and the saxophonist Dave Koz is better positioned than anyone to make it so,” said The New York Times in a review of his latest Christmas album, The 25th of December.
Koz’s high-energy shows have made him synonymous with the season, with the El Paso Times saying, “Dave Koz = Christmas” and Examiner.com christening him “Santa Koz.”
LARGO - Tampa Bay’s Heralds of Harmony, a men’s a cappella chorus, will appear live in concert under the direction of the award-winning Tony DeRosa on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2:30 p.m., at the St. Paul United Methodist Church sanctuary, 1199 Highland Ave.
The Heralds of Harmony are one of the top all-male, a cappella singing groups in the world. The group has won the Florida district competition seven times and placed ninth in international competition this year. Their November concert, “A Tapestry of Harmony,” will include favorites of the chorus as well as performances by one of their top quartets.
Proceeds of the event will support the ministries of the church. General admission tickets are $20. Each ticket also includes the chance to win a door prize drawing for three days/two nights at Sheraton Sand Key Resort and a $100 gift certificate to the Beachcomber Restaurant in Clearwater Beach. To purchase tickets, call 584-8165 or visit www.stpaulumc.org.
Proceeds of the auction benefit the ministries of St. Paul, including the Open Arms Resource Center, which offers food, clothing and financial help to about 4,000 each month; the Handicapable Ministry, which offers outreach, worship and activities for the physically and cognitively disabled; the yearly Back to School Jubilee, which distributes school supplies, backpacks and shoes to children K-8; and other ministries for children, youth, and adults of all ages.
CLEARWATER - Tampa legends The Hazies are coming to the Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall with special guests Blended Brew on Sunday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m.
The Hazies made a big splash in 1996 with their catchy rock single Skin and Bones, one of the most requested songs that year. Their second single Trip also garnered the band a Billboard mention and both songs made it to the top 10 in rock radio formats. They contributed Turning Japanese to the Chris Farley film Beverly Hills Ninja and Cool Out for the soundtrack to the movie Southie.
Hailing from Denmark, Blended Brew is on their first U.S. tour in support of their debut CD and continues to steadily develop a growing base of fans.
Tickets are priced at $20 in advance, $25 day of show and are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, by calling 727-791-7400 or visiting www.RuthEckerdHall.com. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and one hour prior to show time.
Ka'Tiki Sunset Beach 8803 West Gulf Blvd, Sunset Beach T.C. Carr & Special Guest, 6 to 10 p.m. Call 727-360-2272 or visit katikisunsetbeach.com
Ringside Cafe 16 2nd St. N., St. Petersburg Tony Tyler, 9 p.m. Call 727-894-8465 or visit ringsidecafe.net
The Blue Parrott Bar and Grill 85 Corey Circle, St. Pete Beach Tom Kats, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Call 727-369-9619 or visit www.bluepstpb.com
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
Bauser's 520 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin Open Talent Night, 9 p.m. Hosted by Wendy Barmore. Call 727-723-9463 or visit www.clearwaterbarfly.com
Friday, Dec. 4, 2015
Courtyard at Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill 1320 Central Ave, St. Petersburg John Michael Montgomery, Darryl Worley, Jason Michel Carroll. Doors open 6 p.m. Show starts 7 p.m. Tickets $24.95. Call 727-833-4562 or visit www.fergssportsbar.com/concerts/
Friday, Dec. 11, 2015
Courtyard at Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill 1320 Central Ave, St. Petersburg Bone Thugs N Harmony, Mike Jones, Mims. Doors open 7 p.m. Show starts 8 p.m. Tickets $30, VIP - Balcony $49.95, Meet & Greet $74.95. Call 727-833-4562 or visit www.fergssportsbar.com/concerts/