March/April St. Pete Events

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GOT BLUES?

The Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns to Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg April 6-8. Headliners this year include Robert Cray, Beth Hart and John Nemeth on Friday;  Buddy Guy, Ronnie Earle and Janiva Magness on Saturday; and Delbert McClinton, Sugar Ray Rayford and Mississippi Heat on Sunday.  Free shuttle service is recommended and will be available along First Street North from city parking garages (South Core and Baywalk). The official Kick-Off Party will be held at the Palladium on Thursday, April 5, with John Németh performing.  After-shows will be at Ringside Cafe and The Ale & Witch featuring festival artists on Friday and Saturday nights.  

The three -day music festival won the prestigious Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award in 2011 for best U.S. Blues Festival. Proceeds from the Tampa Bay Blues Festival will benefit PARC. Tickets are $50 on Friday and Saturday, $40 on Sunday; $115 for all three days. Prices for Kick-Off Party and After Shows are separate.   tampabaybluesfest.com

UNDER THE STARS

American Stage’s annual Gala Under the Stars is the theater’s signature fundraising (and fun-raising!) event of the season. The 2018 festivities will be held at Demens Landing Park, the site of American Stage in the Park, from 6-11  pm on Friday,  April 20. The evening will feature a gourmet dinner and wine provided by Parkshore Grill,  a silent auction,  and the opening-night performance of  “The Producers,” Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy  and winner of  12 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Demens Landing is at 1st Avenue SE at Bayshore Drive on the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront. Tickets are $200. americanstage.org/

CHAMBER CONCERTS

Spend a lovely afternoon amid art and music as the Florida Orchestra presents Sunday Afternoon Chamber Concerts at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Avenue S, in St. Petersburg. Final concerts in the series are on March 18 and April 8, both are at 3 pm.  Admission is pay what you can at the door. floridaorchestra.org

TFO /MASTER CHORALE

Two upcoming concerts featuring the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and Florida Orchestra are sure to please music lovers. TFO’s 50th anniversary season highlight promises to be the presentation of Verdi’s  Requiem with the Chorale and Michael Francis conducting. Concerts will be at 8 pm April 21 at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, 8 pm April 20 at the Straz Center in Tampa, and 7:30 pm April 22 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Celebrate Broadway will present the Chorale with conductor Bob Bernhardt and Broadway star Daniel Narducci singing hits from legendary shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Camelot and more.  Concerts will be 8 pm April 28 at Mahaffey Theatre, 8 pm April 27 at the Straz Center and 7:30 pm April 29 at Ruth Eckerd Hall.  floridaorchestra.org or call (727) 892-3337

ART IN THE PARK

Looking for some new art to liven up your place? You can’t do better than shopping the exquisite offerings at 43rd Annual Mainsail Art Festival which will take over the waterfront Vinoy Park on April 21-22.  The judged fine art show, considered one of the top-rated in the Southeast,  presents a wide range of art and performing arts, with special children’s craft area and food vendors. Look for amazing work in ceramics, glass, metal and sculpture works, jewelry, mixed media, watercolors, photography and wood. Admission is free; mainsailart.org

GREAT SHAKES

Enjoy a breezy evening of theater in the park March 15-25 when Romeo and Juliet is presented by St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival at Williams Park, 350 2nd Ave N.;  performances start at 8 pm. Admission is  pay what you can with a suggested donation of $10.  stpeteshakesfest.org

KENWOOD STUDIO TOUR

The annual Spring Artists Studio Tour presented by the Artist Enclave of Historic Kenwood will be held March 17-18. More than 20 artists including sculptors, painters, photographers, potters, jewelry makers and more will open their studios to the public, presenting demonstrations as well as displaying finished pieces. Studios will be open 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and noon to 5 pm Sunday.  Look for the colorful standing whirlygigs posted outside each open studio. A detailed map will be provided at each studio for those who want to walk, bike, or ride through the studio tour;   it can be printed in advance at kenwoodartistenclave.org/