Violin virtuoso David Garrett is not a typical classical musician. For one thing, the German prodigy seamlessly blends Mozart and Metallica. And he used to work as a model in New York, acquiring spreads in Vogue and a nickname as the "David Beckham of the violin.''
But as a violinist, Garrett is the real deal. The fast-playing German prodigy was featured as a teenage soloist with the Munich Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta; he studied with Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School.
So his upcoming concert at the Palladium Theater should be a treat. The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts just announced Garrett is coming to the downtown St. Petersburg theater for Music: A Gala Night with David Garrett on Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $40, and they go on sale at noon Friday at the Palladium box office, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, or at mypalladium.org and by calling (727) 822-3590.
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Lady Antebellum cancels
You can go ahead and uncircle Feb. 7 on your calendar, Lady Antebellum fans.
The chart-topping country trio has decided to postpone and reorganize their 60-date "Take Me Downtown" Tour, including a stop at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Feb. 7.
In a statement on their website, Lady A - which has been mostly inactive in 2013 as singer Hillary Scott had a baby girl - said the reorganization was necessary to accommodate a deluxe reissue of their album Golden on Nov. 12. "We hope these changes aren't too much trouble for you," the band writes. "We are sorry for the inconvenience, we love you guys, and we're excited to see you on the road!"
If there is a silver lining for Tampa fans, it's that tickets to the Forum show never went on sale - they were scheduled to drop this week - so refunds shouldn't be a problem. It's looking like the Tampa show won't take place until late April at the earliest, but for now, the date and venue are now both listed as "TBD."
Maybe instead of taking fans downtown, Lady Antebellum wants to take them outside ... as in, to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre for a summer show? We'll see. - Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer
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- Is Arcade Fire coming to Florida? It sure seems that way. According to Pitchfork, the Grammy-winning indie-rock stars are playing a secret-but-not-really-secret show at Miami's Little Haiti Cultural Center on Oct. 24. It's being billed as a show by the Reflektors, which is the band name Arcade Fire has adopted during the buildup to their forthcoming album Reflektor. Tickets are on sale now.
- According to the New York Post, rapper Future has been booted from Drake's upcoming tour, including a Nov. 6 date at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, for making negative comments about Drake's new album Nothing Was the Same.
- Amy Grant is coming to the renovated Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on May 3. Tickets are $55-$100.
- Classic Albums Live will bring their sonically engaging shtick to Ruth Eckerd for a pair of shows early next year, and the albums they'll be recreating are indeed classic: The Beatles' Abbey Road on Feb. 9 and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon on May 9. See ticket information in Ticket Window, right. - Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer