Art Garfunkel postpones Saturday’s concert in Clearwater

That makes six performers who’ve canceled Tampa Bay concerts in the past week. None have mentioned coronavirus.
Art Garfunkel speaks at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2014 in New York.
Art Garfunkel speaks at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2014 in New York. [ Charles Sykes/Invision/AP ]
Published March 11, 2020|Updated March 11, 2020

This is all just a coincidence, right?

It’s all just bad luck that at least six performers have canceled or postponed Tampa Bay concerts since last Thursday, around the same time coronavirus concern has intensified across the nation? None of them specifically mentioned coronavirus, so it really is just unfortunate timing?

The latest victim: Art Garfunkel.

The legendary singer has postponed his concert Saturday at the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, the venue announced late Tuesday. No reason was given, and a new date has not been set, although tickets for the show will be honored at the future concert. Click here for details.

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Let’s run down this past week’s cancellations and postponements:

  • On Thursday, Dire Straits Legacy canceled their March 6 concert at Tampa Theatre due to low ticket sales.
  • On Friday, David Foster postponed his March 24 concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater “due to an unexpected medical procedure.” The show has been rescheduled for Jan. 29, 2021.
  • Also on Friday, the Dirty Knobs, featuring the Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell, rescheduled their spring tour, which included an April stop at the Orpheum in Tampa’s Ybor City, due to “health issues.” The concert will now take place Sept. 9.
  • On Saturday, the Gasparilla Music Festival announced rapper Trugoy was under the weather and would not be joining his bandmates in De La Soul that night in Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park. He was replaced by Talib Kweli.
  • On Monday, British blues legend John Mayall postponed Wednesday’s show at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre until Dec. 16. A venue spokeswoman said the move was due to a health issue, but not coronavirus.

And now we have Garfunkel. The sixth concert postponement or cancellation in six days, at least four of which have been health-related.

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Meanwhile, the show rolls on across Tampa Bay, with most venues, including Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, saying there were no plans for mass cancellations due to coronavirus.

We’ll keep you posted the next time a show is postponed.