Tampa Bay area venues, large and small, welcome a diverse selection of musical artists in the coming weeks.
Start off April with a trip back in time with ’80s Unplugged Friday, April 4, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. The show will feature performances by Frank Hannon of Tesla, Mike Trap of White Lion and Ron Keel from Keel.
Hannon is best known as the guitarist, songwriter and a co-founder of the multi-platinum band Tesla. When he is not touring with Tesla, he occasionally showcases his blazing guitar work and song writing abilities as a solo acoustic performer.
Tramp earned place in rock history as the lead singer of the band White Lion. White Lion released their debut album “Fight to Survive” in 1985. The band achieved success with their No. 8 hit “Wait” and No. 3 hit “When the Children Cry” from their second triple platinum selling album “Pride.” The band continued their success with their third album, “Big Game” – which achieved gold status – and their fourth album “Mane Attraction.”
Keel fronted the band Keel beginning in 1984. Their debut album, “Lay Down the Law,” was released that same year and attracted the attention of KISS member Gene Simmons. Simmons went on to produce Keel’s second album, “The Right To Rock,” released in 1985.
Keel recently released the solo album “Metal Cowboy” as well as his autobiography “Even Keel: Life On The Streets Of Rock & Roll.” He is host of the “Streets Of Rock & Roll” radio show and TV show.
The Safety Harbor Singer Songwriter Festival runs April 4-6.
The kick-off event is Friday, April 4, 6 p.m., at Safety Harbor Museum, 329 Bayshore Blvd. S. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival will move outdoors, where performers will take the stage at Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. Gates will open at noon both days.
The festival features performances by 30 different acts such as Kyshona Armstrong, Gareth Asher, Erick Baker, Andrew Belle, Randall Bramblett, Callaghan, Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Granville Automatic, David Jacobs-Strain, Jennifer Knapp, Emily Kopp, Korby Lenker, Phil Madeira, Ryan Montbleau, Patchouli, Kevin Rowe, Rachael Sage, Angel Snow, Barrett Smith, Marc Kelly Smith, Ben Taylor, Victoria Vox, Shannon Whitworth, Webb Wilder and Daphne Willis.
The Tampa Bay Blues Festival is Friday through Sunday, April 11-13, at Vinoy Waterfront Park, 500 Bay Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Single day tickets start at $40. Visit www.tampabaybluesfest.com. Following is a summary of this year’s lineup:
• Nikki Hill – 12:30 p.m. • Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials – 2:30 p.m. • Tommy Castro and The Painkillers – 4:30 p.m. • The Blind Boys of Alabama – 6:30 p.m. • Michael McDonald – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 13
• George Porter Jr. – 1 p.m. • Tad Robinson – 2:30 p.m. • Big Sam’s Funky Nation – 4:30 p.m. • James Hunter – 6:30 p.m. • Irma Thomas – 8:30 p.m.
98 Rockfest is set for Friday, April 25, 5:20 p.m., at Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start at $29. Call 813-301-2500 or visit www.tampabaytimesforum.com.
98 Rockfest will feature performances by Avenged Sevenfold, VOLBEAT, Chevelle, Black Stone Cherry, Saigon Kick, Trivium, Werm, We As Human, Nothing More and other bands.
Following is a list of other music scene events in April.
• Steve Hackett, Thursday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. • Kidz Bop, Friday, April 4, 6 p.m. • Jesse Cook, Sunday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. • Nobuyuki Tsujii, Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. • Judy Collins, Friday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. • The Zombies, Saturday, April 12, 8 p.m. • Todd Rundgren, Sunday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. • Air Supply, Saturday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. • Megan Hilty, Saturday, April 26, 8 p.m. • Boz Scaggs, Tuesday, April 29, 7:30 p.m. • The Mavericks, Wednesday, April 30, 8 p.m.
Capitol Theatre is at 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
Largo Cultural Center
• ’80s Unplugged featuring Frank Hannon of Tesla, Mike Trap of White Lion and Ron Keel from Keel; Friday, April 4, 8 p.m. • Vixen with Undercover Betty, Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m. • Yesterdayze, Monday, April 7, 2 and 7 p.m. • Vanilla Fudge, Friday, April 18, 8 p.m.
Largo Cultural Center is at 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.
• The Florida Orchestra: Theme & Variations; Thursday, April 3, 11 a.m. • The Florida Orchestra: A Tribute to Benny Goodman; Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m. • The Florida Orchestra: Mozart, Diamond & Brahms; Saturday, April 12, 8 p.m. • One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen and The Works, Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. • The Florida Orchestra: Replay – Symphony of Heroes; Saturday, April 19, 8 p.m. • The Florida Orchestra: Tan Dun’s Water Concerto; Saturday, April 26, 8 p.m.
The Mahaffey is at 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com.
MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
• Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band, Saturday, April 19, 8 p.m.
The Amphitheatre is at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Call 813-740-2446 or visit www.livenation.com.
The Palladium at St. Petersburg College
• Branford Marsalis, Thursday, April 3, 8 p.m. • Eliza Gilkyson, Friday, April 4, 8 p.m. • Claire Lynch Band, Sunday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
The Palladium at St. Petersburg College is at 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Call 822-3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org.
Ruth Eckerd Hall
• The Florida Orchestra: Theme & Variations; Wednesday, April 2, 10 a.m. • Paul Anka, Friday, April 4, 8 p.m. • Amos Lee, Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m. • The Ten Tenors on Broadway, Sunday, April 6, 2 p.m. • The Florida Orchestra: A Tribute to Benny Goodman; Sunday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. • The Florida Orchestra: Mozart, Diamond & Brahms; Sunday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. • Rob Thomas Trio, Friday, April 25, 8 p.m. • The Florida Orchestra: Tan Dun’s Water Concerto; Sunday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. • Santana, Tuesday, April 29, 8 p.m.
• The Florida Orchestra: A Tribute to Benny Goodman; Friday, April 4, 8 p.m., in Ferguson Hall • The Florida Orchestra: Mozart, Diamond & Brahms; Friday, April 11, 8 p.m., in Ferguson Hall • Noah Gundersen, Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., in TECO Theater • The Florida Orchestra: Tan Dun’s Water Concerto; Friday, April 25, 8 p.m., in Ferguson Hall • Tampa Bay Symphony, Sunday, April 27, 4 p.m., in Ferguson Hall
The David A Straz Jr. Center – formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center – is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.