Smokey Robinson, Loretta Lynn, Melissa Etheridge lead new concerts at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg
The Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg has been working overtime in the dog days of summer to flesh out its concert lineup for this fall and early 2017.
Smokey Robinson, Loretta Lynn, Melissa Etheridge and Terry Fator are among the big names coming to the Mahaffey in the next few months. So is R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, presenting an all-new composition blending rock and classical elements.
If you've missed all the announcements, here's a roundup of some highlights:
Mike Mills and Robert McDuffie: Mills and violinist McDuffie will lead a four-person rock band and chamber group Fifth House Ensemble on a new composition, "Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra," on Oct. 21. Tickets are $49 and up. Click here.
Jeffrey Osborne and Gerald Albright: Osborne, one of R&B's most famous voices (On the Wings of Love) teams up with sax star Albright for this show on Oct. 23. Tickets are $30 and up. Click here.
Melissa Etheridge's Holiday Trio: After setting sail from Tampa on her inaugural namesake cruise, Etheridge will return on Dec. 1 for a stripped-down holiday concert. Tickts are $49.50 and up. Click here.
Billy Gardell: The Mike & Molly comic, who got his start working clubs in Florida, will return to the Mahaffey on Jan. 13. Tickets are $35.50 and up. Click here.
Jack Hanna: "Jungle Jack" will take a break from visiting Busch Gardens to bring animals and a lecture to St. Pete. Tickets are $29.50 and up. Click here.
Terry Fator: The America's Got Talent ventriloquist and impersonator, one of the most successful comics in the land, returns to the Mahaffey on Jan. 29. Tickts are $49.50 and up. Click here.
Pat Metheny: The legendary jazz guitarist returns will play the Mahaffey on Feb. 1. Tickets are $59.50 and up. Click here.
Smokey Robinson: The Motown icon returns to the Mahaffey on Feb. 9. Tickets are $59.50 and up. Click here.
Loretta Lynn: Another all-time legend returns to the Mahaffey for the second time in as many years on Feb. 17. Tickets are $35.50 and up. Click here.
The Mahaffey also announced two shows taking place at the Palladium across town: Teenage piano sensation Ethan Bortnick on Jan. 15 ( $20 and up, click here), and Cajun heroes Beasoleil Avec Michael Doucet on Feb. 18 ($29.50 and up, click here).
Previously announced shows at the Mahaffey this fall include Jill Scott (Sept. 1), Brian Wilson (Sept. 13), Tracy Morgan (Nov. 11) and the Pet Shop Boys (Nov. 15). There are many more where these came from. Click here for a full slate of upcoming concerts at the Mahaffey.
-- Jay Cridlin