Red River recording artists The Mojo Gurus announced a series of Florida dates, including three in Pinellas County.
The first is An Evening with the Mojo Gurus Saturday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m., at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. General admission tickets are $10 in advance, $13 the day of the show with a limited number of reserve tickets for $20. For information, visit www.mypalladium.org or call 727-822-3590. This show will be recorded for a live release.
On Saturday Sept. 5, the band shares the billing with the Michael Allman Band for a show at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Third St. SE. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $14.50-$29.50. Call 727-587-6793.
CLEARWATER - The Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall presents legendary concert jazz pianist Lillette-Jenkins Wisner in her farewell performance on Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 10-13. All performances are at 8 p.m. The concert will feature Jade Simmons.
Known since the 1940s as “Queen of the Keys,” Wisner has shared the spotlight with artists such as Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Josephine Baker, Nat King Cole, Lena Horne, Ray Charles, B.B. King and most recently Billy Joel.
Today, she still rules the throne as one of the last revered female musicians of this century.
Wisner’s musical career extends from her days as a child protégé in New York, to military USO tours, film, television, Broadway musicals and worldwide concerts. Earlier this year, at the Sarasota Jazz Festival, The Jazz Club of Sarasota presented Lillette the Satchmo Award for her outstanding contributions to jazz.
CLEARWATER - The acclaimed tribute band The Australian Pink Floyd Show returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m., along with the phenomenal Led Zeppelin2 tribute band.
This will be Australian Pink Floyd’s seventh appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall, and like the previous six which sold-out, tickets are expected to go quickly.
Selling four million tickets worldwide and described by The Times as “the Gold Standard” and The Daily Mirror as “The Kings of The Genre,” The Australian Pink Floyd Show gave its first concert in Adelaide, Australia in 1988. Since then, they have performed in more than 35 countries worldwide, played at David Gilmore’s 50th birthday celebration and were even joined on stage by Rick Wright.
CLEARWATER - Lita Ford and Kip Winger will make their Capitol Theatre debut on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 8 p.m.
A British born rocker who grew up on the streets of L.A., Lita Ford, is considered one of the most important female representatives of the rock genre. Ford is a founding member of the Runaways (Cherry Bomb), one of the first girl groups who unexpectedly broke down barriers in the punk era as well as the male-dominated world or rock music, causing a stir with their six rebellious releases.
Following the demise of the Runaways, Ford concentrated on her own career and now looks back on many memorable hits including the chart topping duet with Ozzy Osborne Close Your Eyes Forever, What Do You Know About Love, Shot of Poison, Larger Than Life and Kiss Me Deadly. In 2012, she released Living Like a Runaway (SPV/Steamhammer).
Culture Club plays at Madeira Beach, and Ruth Eckerd welcomes Yes and Toto this August. Tampa Bay area venues, both large and small, will welcome a diverse selection of musical artists in the coming weeks.
Culture Club’s original lineup is back together and set to release their first new material in 15 years. The lineup features Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Jon Moss (drums and percussion) and flamboyant front man Boy George (lead vocals). The band has reunited to record “Tribes,” a studio album of original material.
ST. PETERSBURG - Escape the heat with cool summer concerts in the Marly Room at the Museum of Fine Art, 255 Beach Drive NE. Concerts in the series will be presented at 2 p.m. on select Sundays.
Scheduled performers include Rachael Kudo, Trio Solisti, La Catrina Quartet Brass, Roots Trio, Stephen Prutsman and Pulse Chamber Music.
Rachael Kudo, pianist, will perform June 7.
The exciting young pianist Rachel Kudo makes her debut in the Tampa Bay area after receiving second prize in the Ninth National Chopin Piano competition in Miami. She was previously the only American finalist in the 15th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. She has been hailed for her “stunning virtuosity” and called “an extraordinary artist who promises to become a legend.”