Concerts – Celtic Woman, Sound of Gospel, Piano Stomp, Michael Lynch

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Celtic Woman
March 2   8 pm
Mahaffey Theater
400 1st Street SE, St. Petersburg

 Ireland’s most talented singers, musicians, and dancers take over the stage of the Mahaffey Theater on March 2 for an exciting evening of world-class Celtic entertainment. The Grammy winning group Celtic Woman, featuring Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and violinist Tara McNeill,  will be accompanied by a full ensemble of musicians and dancers.  The new Homecoming Tour  promises to be a joyful fusion of all things Celtic – from bagpipes and bouzouki to Irish dances,  as well as a universal celebration of life.  Celtic Woman  has performed for over four million fans across 24 countries and six continents, with an especially devoted following in America.  Tickets  start at $53.50; at the box office, at themahaffey.com, or by calling (727)-893-7832.

The Sound of Gospel
March 4  5 pm
The Palladium – Hough Hall
235 5th Avenue N. St. Petersburg

The Sound of Gospel Awards and Recognition  uplifts  and celebrates the sounds of “good news” throughout the church and community. The show, rescheduled from Sept. 9 due to Hurricane Irma,  will include  the powerful Battle of the Choirs and  Battle of the Church Bands.  The Sound of Gospel will also recognize citizens and businesses throughout the Tampa Bay area.  Tickets $30, $45 at the box office, at mypalladium.org  or by calling  (727) 822-3590
Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues
March 3   8 pm
The Palladium – Hough Hall
253  5th Avenue N.  St. Petersburg

Two grand pianos, four great boogie and blues pianists.  It will be a Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp at the 9th  anniversary of this now-legendary Palladium show. St. Pete’s Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues; Detroit’s Matt Ball, the Boogie Woogie Kid;  St. Louis’ Chase Garrett;  and from San Francisco, Wendy Dewitt.   Tickets $28, $38 at the box office, at mypalladium.org  or by calling  (727) 822-3590 

R & B Legends with Michael Lynche
Florida Orchestra Raymond James Pops Series
2 pm and 8 pm Saturday, April 7
Mahaffey Theater
8 pm Friday April 6
Straz Performing Arts Center, Tampa

American Idol star and St. Petersburg native Michael Lynche fuses classic R&B and vintage soul into a powerful, fresh sound.  “R&B Legends” follows “Big Mike’s” journey and coming of age through soul music with songs of some of the most iconic R&B/soul singers of all time. Lynche joins forces with the orchestra and top pops arranger Jeff Tyzik for the music of James Brown, Otis Redding, Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye.  Tickets are $15 to $45 through floridaorchestra.org, the box office at 244 Second Avenue N., or by calling (727) 892-3337