According to his biography at Monterey International, Andy McKee is one of the world’s finest acoustic soloists.
Born in Topeka, Kansas, McKee initially gained attention after receiving more than 20 million views collectively for his YouTube videos. The videos were posted by the independent record label Candyrat. McKee’s atypical route to success is a testament to the changing nature of the music industry. His popularity also testifies to people’s insatiable desire to seek out new and innovative musicians.
At one point, Andy held the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 positions for Top-Rated Videos of All Time on YouTube. His videos continue to be among the highest rated on the website - and, because of the exposure he received online, McKee routinely performs to sold out shows all over the world.
ST. PETERSBURG - The legendary crossover jazz group Pieces of a Dream plays an exclusive, intimate concert at the Palladium Theater Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m., part of the Mahaffey on the Move series.
Jazz is among Philadelphia’s greatest contributions to American culture, right up there with American Bandstand, Leopold Stokowski and killer cheesesteak. And for more than three decades, keyboardist James Lloyd and drummer Curtis Harmon - known collectively as Pieces of a Dream - have been crafting some of the most exquisite contemporary jazz to emerge from the City of Brotherly Love.
CLEARWATER - Kidz Bop, the No. 1 music brand for kids, is bringing the Dream Big, Sing Loud! tour to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m.
The Kidz Bop Kids are taking the stage to perform kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest hits in this high-energy and interactive show. The Dream Big, Sing Loud! live show is the ultimate family concert experience that guarantees to get everyone singing and dancing along!
CLEARWATER - Mary Lambert will hit the road for a fall headlining North American tour, which includes a stop at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 9 p.m.
The Seattle-based singer and songwriter is touring in support of her upcoming debut album Heart On My Sleeve, which was released by Capitol Records on Oct. 14. Wind-up Records’ recording artist Jillette Johnson will be direct support on the North American tour. For a complete list of tour dates, please visit www.marylambertsings.com.
Since their inception in Portland, Oregon, in 2003, the group has become recognized as one of the nation’s busiest and best live touring acts playing close to 200 shows a year. MarchFourth Marching Band is much more than what its name might indicate. The performance is a visual and aural feast, with around 20 performers including approximately eight horn players, five drummers, bass guitar, and five dancers, stilt walkers and acrobats. It fuses Vaudeville and high cinema, with a hint of Mardi gras, anchored by groovy electric bass, rocking guitar, Eastern European Gypsy music, funk, rock and jazz. M4 is 100 percent original, including the music, costumes, choreography, and merchandise.
M4’s song “Gospel” from their 2009 release, “Rise Up,” was prominently featured in the summer of 2013 Disney hit movie, “Monsters University.” In 2011, the band released their third studio effort, “Magnificent Beast,” produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, featuring the single “Shindig.” The ensemble recently completed a State Department-sponsored cultural exchange tour of China. A documentary film of that tour is in the works for a spring of 2015 release.
CLEARWATER - On tour in support of their latest album release Revelation, Grammy Award-winning band Los Lonely Boys have announced U.S. tour dates, which includes a stop at the Capitol Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Revelation (LonelyTone imprint in association with Playing in Traffic) is a landmark release for the siblings, JoJo Garza (bassist/vocalist), Henry (vocals, guitar) and Ring (drums, vocals). While maintaining the infectiously melodic mix of bluesy rock ‘n’ roll and rootsy brown-eyed soul that’s long endeared Los Lonely Boys to its fiercely loyal fan base, Revelation adds an expansive range of new sonic elements, e.g. the conjunto touches of Blame It On Love, the reggae groove of Give A Little More, the rustic acoustic textures of It’s Just My Heart Talkin’ and the baroque pop elements of There’s Always Tomorrow.
CLEARWATER - The legendary ex-Beatle, Ringo Starr has announced a tour with his All Starr Band, which kicks off this month and includes a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m.
This will be Starr’s fifth appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall and like the previous four, which sold-out, tickets are expected to go quickly. For a complete list of tour dates, please visit RingoStarr.com.
CLEARWATER - Great, innovator and purveyor of the blues, Jorma Kaukonen will perform in the intimate setting of the Capitol Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m.
A master of expression, Jorma Kaukonen is an inventive player whether pickin’ the blues or singing a song. A pioneering architect of rock, he created the psychedelic sound. Kaukonen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his days founding The Jefferson Airplane.
As well as his own music, Jorma Kaukonen is one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, performing songs from throughout history.
"Mr. Kaukonen plays spiky, fingerpicked blues that calmly contemplate death and loss, still harking back to the Rev. Gary Davis...” - The New York Times.
ST. PETERSBURG - Mamma Mia, that’s as close to ABBA as it can get! Direct from Sweden, Arrival: The Music of ABBA brings its spectacular tribute show to The Mahaffey Theater Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.
Based in Gothenburg, Arrival is the only ABBA tribute group authorized to use the legendary pop quartet’s original 1970s costume designs, from the original designer Owe Sandström. And ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson personally gave Arrival an unreleased ABBA song, “Just A Notion,” to perform in the show.