Loudon Wainwright III brings his latest tour to the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m.
CLEARWATER – Loudon Wainwright III brings his latest tour to the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Wainwright wrote his first song in 1968, Edgar, about a Watch Hill, RI 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 a total of 23 albums, including 2009’s Grammy-winning High Wide & Handsome, a musical tribute to Charlie Poole (1893-1931), the legendary, yet obscure NC singer and banjo player. The album was awarded Album of the Year status by Entertainment Weekly editor and NPR contributor Ken Tucker.
Wainwright has collaborated with songwriter /producer Joe Henry on the music for Judd Apatow’s hit movie Knocked Up, written music for the British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel Lucky You, and composed topical songs for NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and ABC TV’s Nightline.
Loudon Wainwright songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. Loudon’s latest CD Older Than My Old Man Now was release this Spring.
Wainwright’s acting career includes an early recurring role as Capt. Calvin Spalding, the singing surgeon, in TV’s M.A.S.H. and a stint in Pump Boys & Dinettes on Broadway, and more recent work in films directed by Hal Ashby, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Guest, and Judd Apatow. He also appeared as a regular in Apatow’s critically acclaimed TV series Undeclared.
Reserved tickets priced at $39 and $27 are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 or online at www.atthecap.com.
Valet parking is now available for most performances at the historic Capitol Theatre. Parking is free on city streets after 6 p.m. Coachman Park Parking Lots are always free and is just a short walk to the Capitol Theatre. For information on dining, visit www.ClevelandStreetDistrict.com.