Sing us a song, Piano Man. And while you're at it, answer a question or two as well.
Billy Joel is coming to St. Petersburg's Palladium Theater on March 19 to speak with students at St. Petersburg College. And sure, the voice and fingers behind tunes such as It's Still Rock and Roll to Me and Only the Good Die Young will play a couple of tunes as well.
But unless you're an SPC student or faculty member, you're out of luck. Seats to the 850-seat hall are only available to those with a college I.D. when they go on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday at the venue's box office. Students can score tickets (limit of two per purchase) at a mere $16.50; faculty and staff will pay $26.50.
Organizers expect a sellout within hours, so no tickets to the public will be made available.
Joel has largely limited his touring these days and has instead taken to the road for these small Q&A events with college students. (He appeared at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville on Monday.)
The event is produced by Ruth Eckerd Hall's Friends of Music Education Outreach, a program that provides access to today's artists and bands for students in Tampa Bay. The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall provides subsidized performing arts education to nearly 100,000 students each year.