One thing the Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation can count on during its annual season of performing arts shows: If the Irish band Gaelic Storm is on the stage, every seat in the auditorium will be filled.
Good news for those "Storm Chasers," a.k.a. fans of the award-winning Celtic/world music band: Gaelic Storm will perform at the PHCC venue at 8 p.m. Jan. 26. It's the seventh time the band has been on Performing Arts Center stage.
Led by co-founders Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger, Gaelic Storm is expected to do its trademark jigs and reels, as well as sweet ballads, instrumentals and lots of foot-stomping singing and clapping. And Murphy's most entertaining stories.
Formed in 1995, the band zoomed to stardom after playing the Irish band in steerage class in the 1997 blockbuster movie Titanic. The founders will be joined by fiddler Jessie Burns, piper Pete Purvis and drummer Ryan Lacey.
Theirs is one of four shows in the organization's annual performing arts season.
The other three shows are
• 8 p.m. Feb. 9: The Diamonds, a tribute to the 1957 quartet that produced the 20-million seller, Little Darlin', as well as Why Do Fools Fall in Love and many others. The Diamonds were a favorite on the TV dance show American Bandstand, and the current group keeps the sound and feel of the originals. The group performed at PHCC in 2010 and has been seen at other venues in the area before and since then.
• 7 p.m. March 3: (note earlier time) Stayin' Alive — One Night of the BeeGees, an impersonator/tribute to the trio often called the Brothers Gibb — Barry, singing falsetto; the late Robin, with his clear, sometimes mournful vibrato; and the late Maurice, the solid background voice. The group shot to fame with its Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and sold more than 220 million records before entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
• 8 p.m. March 23: 7 Bridges, the Ultimate Eagles Experience, a six-member tribute/impersonator group doing Eagles hits such as Hotel California, Desperado, Best of My Love and Lyin' Eyes. The group was also in the PHCC 2011-12 season and is back by popular demand.
All shows are in the PHCC Performing Arts Center at the West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey.
Tickets to each show are $30 for prime center sections and $25 for side sections, reserved seating. All four shows are $96 prime, $80 outer, with discounts available for students, seniors and groups. Call (727) 816-3707 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during regular college days or visit phcc.edu/tix#tix (be sure to type in discount codes).
Tickets may also be purchased at the West Campus bookstore, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on regular class days and at the PAC box office one hour before each show (if available).