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Looking forward: The month of March in the arts

Bill DeYoung



Enigmatic Bob Dylan, 82, has two dates at Ruth Eckerd Hall next week. Publicity photo.

The Reggae Rise-Up Festival returns to St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park Thursday through Sunday, March 14-17. Headliners will be Dirty Heads and Lupe Fiasco (Thursday); Rebelution and Soja (Friday); Slightly Stoopid and Iration (Saturday); and Damien Jr. Gong Marley with Stephen Marley, and Burning Spear (Sunday). There will be, as always, dozens of support acts throughout each day.


Concerts in Tampa

March 10 brings an interesting three-way bill to Amalie Arena: Latin-pop singers Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin, along with the rapper/singer known as Pitbull. Logically, the cross-country trek they’re on is billed as The Trilogy Tour. And Burna Boy, the Nigerian singer, rapper and producer, will visit the arena the next night, March 11. Country music superstar Tim McGraw makes his semi-annual bay area appearance March 15 at Amalie. On the 16th, it’s comedian Tom Segura.

Coming to the Seminole Hard Rock Event Center (Tampa): The Jacksons (Jackie, Tito and Marlon) March 7; country’s Brantley Gilbert March 10; on March 26 and 27, Juanes – the Colombian Latin rock guitar star.


Concerts in Clearwater

The indefatigable Bob Dylan is at Ruth Eckerd Hall March 5 and 6; Ruth’s got Paul Anka in the house March 8; Doo Wop Reunion, March 10; the Temptations and the Four Tops March 11; Neil Berg’s 115 Years of Broadway March 17; Bill Maher, March 24; Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, March 25.

At the Capitol Theatre: Gino Vannelli, March 7; Lords of 52nd Street, March 9; Colin Hay, March 15; Crash Test Dummies, March 20; Pat Metheny, March 21; Taylor Dane and Tiffany, March 23; Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, March 24 and 25; Al Stewart, March 29.

At The Sound amphitheater (soon to bear the name of a corporate sponsor): Joe Bonamassa, March 16; Air Supply and Little River Band, March 23.

Wishbone Ash returns to Largo’s Central Park Performing Arts Center March 14.


Concerts in St. Petersburg

March 9 at Jannus Live: Extreme and Living Colour. Another tremendous double bill at Jannus, March 24: Gary Numan and Ministry.

Comedian Andrew Schulz has two shows at the Mahaffey Theater March 14; also at the Mahaffey: Godsmack (March 15); comedian Taylor Tomlinson’s two shows (rescheduled from November) March 22.


Theater in Tampa

The award-winning 2017 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar is the latest show on the Straz Center’s touring Broadway schedule; it’s in Morsani Hall March 5-10. Next up is Girl From the North Country, March 27-31.

Martin McDonough’s dark comedy The Beauty Queen of Lenane is produced by Jobsite Theater (in the Straz Center’s Shimberg Playhouse) March 13-April 7.

The Immigrant, by Mark Harelik, is the new show from Stageworks Theatre. The drama is onstage March 15-31.

ThinkTank Theatre’s always-festive Spring Cabaret: Broadway, Beer and Booze event takes place March 8 and 9 at Deviant Libation.


The classics

St. Petersburg Opera Company is producing Puccini’s Turandot March 15-19 at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg.

Here’s the March schedule for The Florida Orchestra: (Chamber concert) Copland’s Appalachian Spring & More (March 8, Clearwater Church of the Ascension; March 9, Tampa Theatre); With Opera Tampa: Composer Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel at the Straz Center, March 8 and 10; Sing Out Tampa Bay (community vocal concert), March 13, Mahaffey Theater (St. Petersburg); Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey (two performances); March 16, Mahaffey Theater; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the orchestra plays as the movie screens, March 22 and 23, Straz Center; Music in (e)Motion, interactive family concert, March 24, Straz Center.

The Palladium Theater’s Chamber Music Series returns March 27 with a program including Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor, K. 516, and Dvořák’s String Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97.



Cirque du Soleil’s BAZZAR, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg through March 24.

The musical comedy God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater at freeFall Theatre (St. Pete) through March 10.

Fully Committed (comedy) at the Off-Central (St. Pete) through March 10.

SYD (drama) at LAB Theatre Project (Ybor City) through March 10.


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