CLEARWATER - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - the band that scored a 1970 hit with their cover of Jerry Jeff Walker's “Mr. Bojangles” - will make a stop in the Tampa Bay area, performing Thursday, March 6, 8 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St.
The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is considered one of the main catalysts for an entire movement in country rock and American roots music. The band boasts a solid string of multi-platinum and gold records as well as Top 10 hits such as “Fishin’
In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles.” Over the years, the band has racked up multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA awards and nominations.
ST. PETERSBURG - American rock band Collective Soul, who broke into the mainstream 20 years ago with the hit single “Shine,” will perform at The Mahaffey Theater Sunday, March 2 at 7 p.m. Special guest Ed Kowalczyk, former lead singer of the band Live, will be the opener.
Hailing from Atlanta, Collective Soul consists of vocalist Ed Roland, rhythm guitarist Dean Roland, bassist Will Turpin and lead guitarist Joel Kosche. This multi-platinum band with a catalog of No. 1 hit singles shot to international fame with the 1993 release Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid. The album, a collection of Ed Roland’s demos, spread quickly through the college underground circuit and caught fire, achieving double-platinum status.
ST. PETERSBURG - Award-winning pianist Peter Nero comes to The Mahaffey Theater to perform The Gershwin Project Friday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m.
Nero is the founding conductor and Artistic Director of the Peter Nero and the Philly POPS orchestra.
The concert is a presentation of The Bill Edwards Foundation of the Arts.
Nero has produced 68 records in his musical career and is hailed as one of the premier interpreters of George Gershwin. A child prodigy, he began his formal music training when seven, was accepted to New York City’s prestigious High School of Music and won a scholarship to the Julliard School of Music. His first major national TV success came at the age of 17 when he was chosen to perform "Rhapsody in Blue" on Paul Whiteman’s television special.
CLEARWATER - Latin music icon and Grammy winner Julio Iglesias is making a tour stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. This will be his first concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall since his sold-out date in 2009.
Julio Iglesias has sold more than 300 million copies of his 80 albums released worldwide, including original versions in various languages, compilations and live albums, which make him the Latin artist who has sold the most albums in history. In the 45 years of his unstoppable career, Julio Iglesias has received 2,600 Platinum and Gold records and has performed more than 5,000 concerts in 600 cities around the world and more than 60 million people have seen him perform live.
Julio Iglesias has sung duets with famous artists such as Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Art Garfunkel, Paul Anka, Charles Aznavour, Sting, The Beach Boys and Spanish artists like Alejandro Fernández, Plácido Domingo and Lola Flores.
CLEARWATER - Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes return to the Capitol Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. This will be the band’s first appearance at the Capitol Theatre since their sold-out concert in February 2013.
Southside (so nicknamed because of Johnny’s bent towards the blues sounds of the southside of Chicago) and his band, eventually called the Asbury Jukes, worked on growing their reputation as a dynamic live band through the late 60s and early 70s. “We built a band, a home for lots of musicians, horns and all,” said Johnny. “Sure we called it Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes but it was really just a bunch of guys getting crazy on stage.”
TAMPA - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band headlines a special Big Guava Kick-Off Concert Thursday, May 1, at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.
This concert launches the three-day festival that brings a great line-up of musical stars to the Florida State Fairgrounds and MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4. Big Organizers say Guava is destined to become the biggest and best Live Music Festival in all of Florida.
The winter concerts of the Tampa Bay Symphony, under music director and conductor Mark Sforzini, will feature Robert Smith, trumpet soloist, in Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto.
Also on the program, “Russian Sailor’s Dance” from Glière’s ballet, The Red Poppy, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique.”
Performances will be Sunday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center, Tampa; Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N in downtown St. Petersburg; and Sunday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. in the Arts Auditorium, St. Petersburg College Clearwater campus, 2465 Drew St. in Clearwater.
CLEARWATER - Due to illness, Grammy Award-winner Keb’ Mo’ was forced to cancel his concert Jan. 30 at the Capitol Theatre. The concert has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the originally scheduled date will be honored.
Keb’ Mo’ has been making critically acclaimed albums since 1994 when he released his self-titled debut and became a fresh face in the blues/roots genre. That record proved to be an entryway that got many to sit up and take notice. But it was his second release, Just Like You in '96 that won him the first of three Grammy Awards.
An Evening with Colman Reaboi
An Evening with Colman Reaboi, Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., at Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane. Call 942-5605 or visit TarponArts.org.
“Boeing, Boeing,” a comedy by Marc Camoletti, presented by West Coast Players, March 7-23, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $17. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org.
Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, this 1960s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent "layovers." He keeps "one up, one down and one pending" until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard's apartment at the same time.
English tea PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Historical Society is hosting its 15th annual English tea at the Palm Harbor Museum Saturday, March 8.
Preparations are underway to turn the museum into an English Garden and the menu will feature many special treats. Guests can be seated at either 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m.
The English Tea is a major fundraiser for the Palm Harbor Historical Society, which supports the Palm Harbor Museum. The Museum's home is in the Hartley House, which was built between 1915 and 1918 by Judge Thomas William Hartley who settled in Palm Harbor in the early 1880s.
Gasparilla Music Festival Gasparilla Music Festival, Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9, at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Kiley Gardens Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa.
The Gasparilla Music Festival is a community-funded festival celebrating the arts in Tampa Bay by showcasing diverse local acts alongside nationally recognized headliners. GMF is organized by the Gasparilla Music Festival Corp., a Florida non-profit corporation 501c-3.
The festival will feature performances by artists such as The Flaming Lips, RJD2, Delta Spirit, Los Amigos Invisbles, Anders Osborne, Sons of Hippies, Trombone Shorty, Jason Isbell, Groupo Fantasma, The Soul Rebels, Tea Leaf Green, Hackensaw Boys and many more.
Gino Vannelli, Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $55. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Vannelli studied music at McGill University. After a stint in New York City, Vannelli and his brothers went to Los Angeles, California where they were signed by Herb Albert and A&M Records. In 1974, “People Gotta Move” made it to No. 22 on the Billboard Top 100. Vannelli won Canada's Juno Award for Best Male Artist in 1976 and 1979. In April 1981, “Living Inside Myself” was on Billboard's Top 100 at No. 6.
Vannelli’s additional recordings of the 1980s include “Nightwalker” and “Big Dreamers Never Sleep.” In 1990, “Inconsolable Man” received excellent reviews. On Vannelli's CD “Yonder Tree,” he pays homage to his roots in jazz; additional recordings of the 1990s include “Live in Montreal” and “Slow Love.” Vannelli’s latest CD, “The Best And Beyond,” contains re-workings of his Top 10 hits, which catapulted him to the world stage.
History comes Alive
The seventh annual History Comes Alive will be held Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Dunedin Cemetery, 2400 Keene Road, Dunedin. Seven actors will portray historic figures buried at the cemetery.
The list of individuals that come alive for that day include Chief Houghton who was fire chief when the new 1923 LaFrance Fire Truck arrived at the Atlantic Coast Line railroad station in Dunedin; William Smith, a soldier from Dunedin who was stationed at Fort Brooke, and Fort Harrison during the Seminole Indian Wars; Robert and Persis McDougal, residents of Victoria Drive; Grace Nigels, one of the area’s first teachers; Fred Emerson, early pioneer and one of Dunedin’s first residents to play the new game of baseball, and the special guest of the day “The Witch of Dunedin,” Captain Kate.
Visitors can sit and chat with these individuals. They will be shown photos, family scrapbooks and historical artifacts that were used in their lifetime.
This year, other activities have been added for individuals to enjoy such as the Dunedin Fire Department’s original 1923 LaFrance Fire Truck, celebrating the fire departments 100th anniversary, a soldier’s campsite from the Seminole Indian War, a recreated vintage Boy and Girl Scout campsites, an area to try on reproduction vintage clothing and regular scheduled half-hour tours of the entire cemetery which includes stops at various historic gravesites, and a stone rubbing demonstration.
Refreshments and tour maps will be available at the main entrance of the cemetery. Members of the Dunedin Museum who bring their membership cards are free, other visitors are requested to pay a $4 donation to help the museum.
This year’s celebration is dedicated to Dunedin’s fallen soldier Zack Shannon, who was killed in action last year and is buried at the Dunedin Cemetery.
Other museum activities include the Stirling exhibit, featuring memorabilia commemorating the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, will be open in the museum until April.
Lend Me a Tenor “Lend Me a Tenor,” by Ken Ludwig, through March 9, at Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Evening performances are presented Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with seating at 4 p.m. Matinees are presented Thursdays and Saturdays, with seating at 11 a.m. Cost is $29.90 which includes dinner and show.
Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Merelli, "Il Stupendo," the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead.
In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Merelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Merelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. This Early Bird Dinner Theatre production is directed by Toby Manion.
"Mame,” with book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman; Feb. 27 through March 16, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater.
Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13 for students. Call 446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
Winner of three Tony Awards for Actress, Featured Actress and Featured Actor and two Outer Critics Circle Awards for Performances. “Mame” is a happy happening. She is well-to-do, lives in New York at the peak of the 1920s, and is surprised by a "wonderful present" – an orphan nephew named Patrick. Together they cope with the Depression in a series of adventures.
Pow Wow Festival and Parade Pow Wow Festival and Parade, Friday through Sunday, March 7-9, at the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N., Seminole.
The Pow Wow Festival and Parade is Seminole's oldest and largest event celebrating the Seminole residents and visitors. From the carnival and parade to the community events, there is fun to be had for all ages.
The parade will be presented Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m., and will travel one mile from Seminole Mall to the recreation center.
Carnival hours will be Friday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The carnival will feature more than 20 rides, including rides designed for toddlers and preschool age children.
This year’s entertainment, presented on the 2014 Beef‘O’Brady’s of Seminole Stage, will include performances by Rebekah Reid, Troy Duncan Band, Frank Cannon, Sean Michael Trio, Arthur Z Band and Sounds of Soul.
Rock 'n Roll Mania Fourth annual Rock 'n Roll Mania, Saturday, March 8, 6:30 to 10 p.m., at Redington Beach Town Park, 164th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard, Redington Beach. Cost is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Call 710-6327.
Sponsored by Santa's Angels, the event raises money to be used to buy Christmas gifts for underprivileged children and large food baskets for their families at Christmas time.
Admission includes all you can eat and all you can drink (beer, wine and soft drinks) and live music by The Satellites.
All proceeds go to the children and their families.