Events at The Palladium

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 Valerie Gillespie Celebrates Women’s History
7:30 pm March 29
Palladium Side Door

Known for her smokin’ saxophone,  Tampa Bay jazz artist Valerie Gillespie graces the stage of the Palladium’s Side Door for an intimate evening of music presented by the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association.  She will be backed up by her all-female group, featuring local fave vocalist Lori Hafer. Gillespie  has played with Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin,  Ben Vereen, Natalie Cole,  Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Michael Feinstein, and many more.  Her most recent jazz CD is entitled “Lush Life” which includes music by Chick Corea and Billy Strayhorn.  She is  frequently a featured soloist with The Florida Orchestra and has performed at many jazz festivals including The Suncoast Jazz Classic and The Clearwater Jazz Holiday. Tickets are $25, $30 and $45.

Suzanne Westenhoefer
8 pm April 13
Palladium Side Door

The kid from Amish Country who began her comedy career on a dare is celebrating a quarter century of out, open, no-holds-barred comedy. Suzanne Westenhoefer could never be in the closet, making her a trailblazer when she started doing stand-up in the 1990s. She was the first openly lesbian comedian with an HBO Special and the first openly lesbian comedian on “Late Night with David Letterman.” Tickets are $30 and $45.