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Capitol Theatre welcomes Arlo Guthrie Feb. 2.
CLEARWATER – Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Arlo Guthrie, Richard Marx and Leon Redbone are among performers scheduled to appear in February at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St.

For information about or to purchase tickets for upcoming performances, call 791-7400 or visit www.a­tthec­­m.

Starting off the February list of shows at Capitol Theatre, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will perform Friday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39.

Bruce Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt, Garry Tallent and Jon Bon Jovi have all played with the Jukes. This band delivers the exuberant rhythm and blues feel that is the Jukes’ trademark, the driving sound of the legendary Jukes horn section, and a guitar-oriented rock and roll feel — all with the joy of making music that has defined them for more than three decades.

Arlo Guthrie will perform Saturday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $55.

Arlo brings audiences humor, hope and inspiration, celebrating his famous father, Woody Guthrie, in song. Legendary singer-songwriter, storyteller, social commentator and humanitarian Arlo Guthrie offers a special celebration of his father’s 100th birthday and immeasurable contributions to American folk music with his Here Comes The Kid Tour. Woody’s legacy can be seen in Arlo’s humor, political and social activism and gift for storytelling.

Rescheduled from the original Dec. 4 date, Richard Marx will return to Capitol Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $42.50.

For more than 20 years, Marx has consistently and powerfully made his mark on the music industry. His debut single “Don’t Mean Nothing” and self-titled debut album kicked off his career as a solo artist in 1987 and went on to sell three million copies. His 1989 follow-up CD, “Repeat Offender,” became even more successful, selling more than seven million copies worldwide. From 1987 to 1990, he became the first male solo artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the top five on Billboard’s singles chart, including the No. 1 hit songs “Hold On to the Nights,” “Satisfied” and the worldwide classic “Right Here Waiting.”

Leon Redbone will perform Friday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29.50.

Although he has appeared in films and on TV, Redbone’s main focus is to honor songs from the first half of the 20th century through live performances. Donning his signature white fedora, jacket and sunglasses, Redbone’s delivery is intimate and low-key, but his mastery of the guitar is impressive as he offers finger-picking with a ragtime bounce or jumps between chords with the grace of a hurdler.

With a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotion, and a quick and wry wit, David Wilcox will hold his audience rapt on Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.

A songwriter’s songwriter, with lyrical insight, a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops and a range and tenderness rare in folk music, Wilcox delivers joy, inspiration and invention through his music and unmatched storytelling.

Next, Shaun Hopper and Adam Rafferty will play Friday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

Hopper's repertoire is global in scope, crossing and combining musical genres on the fly. Moving thematically through his set, he takes his audience on a virtual tour from Celtic imagery and classical medley to soulful ballads and jazzy improvisations, all of which he'll counter punch with a Nashville "Hot Licks" session, fret-tapping original or ’70s pop song. An unparalleled master of the fret-board, Hopper merges complex melodies, harmonies and bass lines along with a one-of-a-kind mix of percussive elements, which simply captivates.

Rafferty has played as a first-call guitarist with the greatest musicians on the planet at countless music festivals and in concert halls with Dr. Lonnie Smith, The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, L.A. studio legend Bennie Wallace, and bassist Bob Cranshaw from the original Saturday Night Live band, to name a few.

The following day, Tampa Bay audiences will have an opportunity to experience the next generation of Ireland’s leading female performers as Women of Ireland take the stage Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29.

These world champion dancers are some of Ireland’s finest female performers. They will bring Irish and Celtic music to the Capitol Theatre. This energetic, compelling and innovative concert production shares Irish music, song and dance, and a wealth of Irish talent.

Next, Johnny Winter will perform Sunday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50.

Winter has been ranked by “Rolling Stone” magazine as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. The Texas native and his band return to Clearwater with a performance at the Capitol Theatre.

Winter, the international ambassador for rocking Texas blues for the last 30 years, will bring audiences material from his 2011 release “Roots” while reacquainting them with his iconic guitar playing. His 2009 Grammy-nominated disc titled “I’m A Bluesman” adds to his Texas-sized reputation.

Later that week, Travis Triit will take the stage on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $59.

The country singer will bring his latest acoustic tour to the Capitol Theatre. Special guest Aaron Parker will open the show.

Tritt was one of the leading new country singers of the early '90s, holding his own against Garth Brooks, Clint Black, and Alan Jackson. He was the only one not to wear a hat and the only one to dip into bluesy Southern rock. Consequently, he developed a gutsy, outlaw image that distinguished him from the pack. Throughout the early '90s, he had a string of platinum albums and Top Ten singles, including three No. 1 hits.

Partway through 1989, Warner Brothers' Nashville division signed Tritt, and his debut album, “Country Club,” appeared in stores in the spring of 1990. It was preceded by the Top Ten hit “Country Club.” Upon the release of his debut album, Tritt entered the first ranks of new country singers. His next two singles, “Help Me Hold On” and “I'm Gonna Be Somebody,” hit No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. “Put Some Drive in Your Country,” which had a clear rock and roll influence, stalled at No. 4, since radio programmers were reluctant to feature such blatantly rock-derived music.

The Irish Rovers will put on two shows Saturday, Feb. 23, at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.

When The Rovers are in town, it’s always a rollicking good time. They return for their 14th visit, bringing their signature wit, a wink, and charm both ageless and irresistible, The Irish Rovers return with songs that have captivated and delighted audiences since 1963 – songs such as “Wasn’t That A Party,” “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer,” “The Irish Rover,” “Drunken Sailor,” “A-Rovin’” and “The Unicorn.”

Closing out the month at Capitol Theatre will be a performance by Loudon Wainwright III on Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Wainwright wrote his first song, “Edgar,” about a Watch Hill, R.I. lobsterman, and was soon signed to Atlantic Records by Nesuhi Ertegun. Several years later, Clive Davis lured him to Columbia Records, where 1972's “Album III” yielded the top 20 hit “Dead Skunk.”

His recording career spans 23 albums, including 2009's Grammy-winning “High Wide & Handsome,” a musical tribute to Charlie Poole (1893-1931), the legendary, yet obscure North Carolina singer and banjo player.
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