Saturday, December 16, 2017
Tampa Bay Music & Shows

Michael Lynche joins Florida Orchestra for 'Let's Dance'

I don't know if St. Pete's own "Big Mike" Lynche is a good dancer; as a fellow big-boned dude, I see the American Idol star as more of a finger-snappin', head-noddin' kind of club guy. (We're cool like that.) However, I'm absolutely certain the 30-year-old is great at singing dance songs, especially when it comes to firing up such R&B oldies as Ray Charles' I Got a Woman and Sam Cooke's Twistin' the Night Away. Lynche, with saxophonist Valerie Gillespie and a host of award-winning hoofers, will belt those songs as part of "Let's Dance," a dizzied spin on the Florida Orchestra's Pops program that will boogie into Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater this weekend. The shindig blend movement and music, much of the latter arranged by inventive conductor Jeff Tyzik. Dance forms featured will include tango, waltz, cha-cha and mambo, all accompanied by an array of sexy tunes, from rock and R&B to Broadway and movie hits. And who knows, maybe Lynche will prove me wrong and bust out the lambada.

Three shows: 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286.

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