CLEARWATER - For the first time ever, Grammy-winning folk duo the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, will embark on a national symphony tour in the United States. The tour includes a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. with a 36-piece symphony orchestra.
With 14 albums to their credit and a career that spans decades, the iconic duo continues to challenge themselves creatively, adding to a body of work that contains such hits and fan favorites as Galileo and Love of Our Lives.
For this tour, they’ve brought in musical arrangers Sean O’Loughlin (Chris Issak, Feist, The Decemberists, Josh Ritter) and Stephen Barber (Rosanne Cash, Alejandro Escovedo, John Legend) to write orchestral charts for a selection of songs spanning their career, from the 1980s through their most recent release, Beauty Queen Sister, on IG Recordings/Vanguard.
For Ray and Saliers, who’ve been performing together for more than two decades, this is a chance to hear their music performed in a new way and to bring something special to their fans. It’s an idea they both agree has been a long time coming.
Saliers said, “I was always awed at Paul Buckmaster’s orchestral arrangements for Elton John. Much later on, I was struck by Nanci Griffith’s music when played with an orchestra, so I knew it was exciting to hear artists with orchestras. I think Amy and I just decided it was time for us to do it at this point, something new and different and inspiring.”
CLEARWATER - Producers Steven Van Zandt and Maureen Van Zandt, Marc Brickman, Larry Magid and BASE Entertainment announce that following a critically acclaimed, sold-out Broadway engagement, The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream will embark on a tour to play venues across North America. The tour kicks off May 24 in Hollywood, Fla., and includes a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday, May 30 at 8 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG - Having wrapped up their first batch of concert dates promoting their ninth studio album, “Black Out the Sun,” Sevendust will make a stop in the Tampa Bay area, performing Sunday, May 26, 8 p.m., at State Theatre, 687 Central Ave.
ST. PETERSBURG - Two-time Grammy-winning recording artist, LL COOL J featuring DJ Z-Trip, will headline the Kings Of The Mic Tour, this summer’s ultimate Hip-Hop music experience. Joined by legendary artists Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul, the 26-city tour will kick-off May 23, 201 in Tucson, Ariz. and wrap-up in Los Angeles on July 7, 2013.
The St. Petersburg show at The Mahaffey Theater is Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m.
CLEARWATER - Following the success of the 2011-2012 world tour celebrating the 35th Anniversary of his multi-platinum selling live album Frampton Comes Alive!, Peter Frampton is back on the road with Frampton’s Guitar Circus. The tour will feature the Grammy-winning musician performing with friends, celebrated guitarists, and other special guests.
Kicking off in May, Frampton will make a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall with special guest five-time Grammy Award-winner Robert Cray on Sunday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. The tour will include dates in Nashville, New York City and Austin. In August, he will travel through Atlanta, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and more with praised slide blues guitarist Sonny Landreth opening the show, followed by the legendary B.B. King. Each night, Frampton’s set will be recorded and subsequently sold in digital format.
ST. PETERSBURG - Blowfish Bar & Grill officially opened its doors May 10 at 8305 Bay Pines Blvd. - only days after patrons of the new restaurant were pleasantly surprised by an unexpected performance.
Earlier in the week, Darius Rucker jumped on stage and began to perform. Rucker sang some of his new songs from his latest solo albums mixed with a few Hootie & the Blowfish favorites. Blowfish Bar & Grill is owned by one of Rucker’s band mate’s from Hootie & the Blowfish.
“I am honored that Darius made time in his busy tour schedule to stop and play a few songs here at Blowfish,” said Dean Felber in a press release. “He’s a dear friend and this means the world to me to open my restaurant with him here.”
“I am so happy for Dean and glad I could be here for the opening week,” said Rucker. “It was a great time. I’ll be back.”
ST. PETERSBURG - Art Alexakis, frontman for the alternative rock band Everclear, will repeat his summer treat, called Summerland Tour 2013, to 35 cities in the United States. The Alternative Guitars tour will be on stage at The Mahaffey Theater on Thursday, May 30 at 8 p.m.
This time out, Everclear will share the stage with fellow bands Live, Filter and Sponge for a decidedly edgier Summerland trek rocking on until July 27.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Tampa Bay Rays announced the first five acts of the 2013 Summer Concert Series, which will bring Kenny Loggins, Martina McBride, the Imagination movers, Carly Rae Jepsen and Victoria Justice to Tropicana Field.
These are the first five acts of the Summer Concert Series. Each concert is free with the purchase of that date’s game ticket and will begin following the conclusion of that date’s game.