CLEARWATER - At the Nov. 6 Clearwater City Council meeting, Mayor George Cretekos proclaimed the Nov. 21-23 as the Suncoast Jazz Classic Weekend.
The 24th annual Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Classic will run Friday through Sunday, Nov. 21-23, at Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater; and Marriott Suites on Sand Key, 1201 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater.
The festival will feature performers and bands such as Nate Najar, Barbaray Coast Show Band, Bill Allred, Cornet Chop Suey, Dave Bennett, Hamilton Harris Project, High Sierra, Sonny LaRosa’s America’s Youngest Jazz Band, Valerie Gillespie and many more.
New to this year’s lineup are Hall of Famer Carolyn Martin and Her Western Swing Band from Nashville, Dave Gannett’s Barehanded Wolfchokers from Iowa, Janie Campedelli & Friends from Florida, Massachusetts and Connecticut, and the Florida-based Red Garter Jazz Band.
The Dave Bennett Quartet, Cornet Chop Suey, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Wally’s Warehouse Waifs, Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band and Valerie Gillespie Trio are some of the returning favorites.
The event, which is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to young musicians and supports high school music programs from the festival proceeds, again will feature Sonny LaRosa and America’s Youngest Jazz Band from Largo, the Tarpon Springs High School Jazz Ensemble plus 18-year-old, world-renowned jazz violinist Jonathan “Jazz” Russell.
CLEARWATER - Grammy award-winners America comes to Clearwater to perform at the Capitol Theatre Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m.
America’s best-known tunes, which include I Need You, Ventura Highway, Don’t Cross The River, Tin Man, Lonely People and Sister Golden Hair, the cornerstones of 1970s Top 40 and FM rock radio. Yet beyond their impressive catalog of hits, America’s six certified gold and/or platinum albums display a fuller range of their talents, a flawless blend of disparate genres and styles as wide-open as the great American plains.
CLEARWATER - Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black returns to Clearwater for an exclusive performance at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. Special guest Mallary Hope will open the show.
Black has long been heralded as one of country music’s brightest stars. This five-time Academy of Country Music winner (1989’s Album of the Year for the triple platinum Killin’ Time, Top Male Vocalist, Top New Male Vocalist, Song of the Year for A Better Man; 1999 Vocal Event of the Year with Lisa Hartman-Black for When I Said I Do) has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs, a benchmark in any artist’s career.
The Sunsation Show Chorus is kicking off its 11th season with a full calendar of upcoming performances.
The group performs three themed shows each season at both the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center and the Hickman Theater of Gulfport. Tickets are $15 for singles, $30 for season tickets to all three shows) or $25 for two shows. Call 530-7190 or visit www.sunsationshowchorus.com.
CLEARWATER - Grammy-nominated group Gin Blossoms will perform in concert at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. This will be the first time the band has performed at the historical theatre.
For a complete list of tour dates, visit www.ginblossoms.net. Special guest Emily Kopp will open the show.
For more than two decades, Gin Blossoms have defined the sound of jangle pop. From their late ‘80s start as Arizona’s top indie rock outfit, the Tempe-based combo has drawn critical applause and massive popular success for their trademark brand of chiming guitars, introspective lyricism and irresistible melodies. Gin Blossoms soon unfurled a chain of crossover favorites spanning five different formats, from Hey Jealousy and Until I Fall Away to Follow You Down and the Grammy nominated As Long As It Matters, earning the band sales in excess of 10 million in the U.S. alone.
ST. PETERSBURG - Harpeth Rising performs Friday, Nov. 21, 8 p.m., at Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave.
Cost is $10. Call 644-7895.
With multiple albums having reached the Top 10 on the folk DJ charts, the classically trained women of Harpeth Rising combine original, gritty lyrics with folk, roots, bluegrass, and rock on violin, banjo, cello, foot-percussion and powerful, three-part vocals. Touring internationally from their base in Nashville, Tennessee, the group’s previous performances include the Kerrville Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, London Folk Festival, Blissfest, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, and The Bluebird.
CLEARWATER - Primus (Les Claypool on bass and vocals, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander) hits the road in tour in support of their fall release Primus and the Chocolate Factory and the band will make a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m.
In the summer of 1971, Primus guitarist Les Claypool was a couple months shy of his 8th birthday when David L. Wolper’s Willa Wonka and the Chocolate Factory debuted in movie theaters, based on the Roald Dahl book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Throughout different stages of Claypool’s life he has come back to the movie, repeatedly thoughout different stages of his life, taking something different from it each time.
So it seemed equal parts genius and obvious when Claypool decided to throw a Willy Wonka-themed Primus show on New Year’s Eve last year. During the second set, Primus performed the soundtrack in its entirety.
This season, Suncoast Singers is celebrating 35 years of providing low-cost, family-friendly live choral music to Tampa Bay area audiences.
In 1980, the group began performing as the Largo Community Chorus under the direction of Mary Jane Johns. The name was changed in 1982 to Suncoast Singers and, the following year, the group registered as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
Both concert themes this season will be cCelebrating a Century of Song, which will include selections of favorites of the chorus and audiences. The chorus will present a broad range of numbers from all genres from the 1900s to the present. The concerts will include some favorites such as “Singing in the Rain,” “Birth of the Blues,” “Best of Doo Wop,” and “California Dreamin’” and “Jersey Boys.” The range of music selected will appeal to all demographics. This season’s selections will continue in their tradition of presenting a variety of uplifting and entertaining music.