CLEARWATER - Multi-platinum recording artist Air Supply will perform in concert in the intimate Capitol Theatre on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met in 1975 in Sydney, Australia, where they became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles, and of course, singing. They would play pizza parlors, coffee bars and night clubs with just one guitar and two voices. They quickly gained a reputation for great harmonies and for the original songs that Graham constantly wrote.
They made a demo of two songs, Love and Other Bruises and If You Knew Me and took it to every record company in Sydney. Everyone turned it down but one, CBS Records, who admired their unique style. Their first single shot to #1 on the national charts and that same year they opened for Rod Stewart across Australia and then throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Returning home, they made an album, Life Support, which included Lost in Love, that went to the Top 10 in Australia and somehow found its way to music industry executive Clive Davis in New York. Clive immediately signed Air Supply to Arista Records and in 1980, Lost in Love became the fastest selling single in the world, leaping to the top of all of the charts. Their second single, All Out of Love, went to the top of the charts even quicker.
CLEARWATER - Known for their unique style and modern “Rat Pack” persona, Under the Streetlamp brings the American radio songbook to a whole new level in their second television special for PBS.
The show comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $50, $45, $35 and $25. $100 Dinner Package includes a premium seat, pre-show dinner and a voucher for free valet parking. Visit www.rutheckerdhall.com or call the box office at 727-791-7400.
The spring concerts of the Tampa Bay Symphony, under Music Director and Conductor Mark Sforzini, will feature Noah Waddell, winner of Tampa Bay Symphony’s annual Young Artist Competition, who will play the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
He is from Fort Myers and studies with Leonidas Lipovetsky and Margarita Shevchenko. He is the 2013 winner of the Florida Federation of Music Clubs State Senior concerto contest, and at age 12 was the youngest winner in the 76 years of this event. He has won more than ten other competitions, too. He appeared on the PBS television show, Curious Kids, and was featured on NBC and Wink TV as a child prodigy who gives back to the local community. Every week, he plays classical music on the grand piano in the atrium at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers.
CLEARWATER - Multiple GRAMMY winning Emblem/Atlantic record artist Rob Thomas announced plans for a month-long North American special headline tour, which includes a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m.
The tour kicked off April 2 in Temecula, Calif. For a complete list of tour dates, please visit www.robthomasmusic.com.
These shows will offer the rare and unique opportunity to catch the superstar performing in a more up-close and personal setting, playing a career-spanning set.
Rob Thomas is one of the most distinctive vocalists and accomplished songwriters in contemporary music, garnering a string of accolades, both for his work as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty as well as for solo work and collaborations with other artists. In 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame presented Thomas with its first ever “Starlight Award,” created to recognize a songwriter in the early years of his or her career that has already made a lasting impact. He has won numerous BMI and ASCAP Awards and has earned the Songwriter of the Year crown from both Billboard magazine and BMI, two years in a row.
PALM HARBOR - Independent record label Tate Music Group has released a new album by Palm Harbor singer-songwriter Scott Ramsey. The CD, officially released March 18, features eight tracks of country songs about life on the beach.
“Living on Island Time” is a collection of captivating songs that embrace the escapades of a self-proclaimed pirate. Ramsey serves up relaxing tropical rhythms Jimmy Buffett-style with titles that include “Salt Life,” “Hangover in Paradise,” “Beach Bum Pirate” and “Island Time.”
ST. PETERSBURG - The Mahaffey Theater presents One Night of Queen, a tribute show to the blockbuster rock group, on April 16, 7:30 p.m.
One Night of Queen, performed by Gary Mullen and The Works, promises to “rock the house.” The performance is a spectacular live concert that recreates the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
The show is resented by The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Tampa Bay Rays have announced four acts for the 2014 Summer Concert Series: Weezer, The O’Jays, Imagination Movers and The Wiggles.
Each concert is free with the purchase of that date’s game ticket and will begin following the conclusion of that date’s game. In addition to their game tickets, fans can watch the various acts from the field by purchasing field access passes available at raysbaseball.com/concerts.
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.
Tampa Bay area venues, large and small, welcome a diverse selection of musical artists in the coming weeks.
Start off April with a trip back in time with ’80s Unplugged Friday, April 4, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. The show will feature performances by Frank Hannon of Tesla, Mike Trap of White Lion and Ron Keel from Keel.