The good people at Live Nation, the company responsible for booking the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater at the Florida State Fairgrounds, aren’t about to let sweltering summer temperatures get in the way of a great outdoor concert season. August seems to be the busiest month in mid-Florida so far this year.
Troubled R&B performer Chris Brownn performs August 13 with rapper Lil Baby;
Folk rock singer-songwriter Jack Johnson has a show Aug. 19, with reggae star Ziggy Marley;
August 20 brings the country singer Dierks Bentley, with Ashley McBryde and Travis Denning;
The black keys and Band of Horses will take the stage on August 25;
carlos santana plays on August 27, with a first production by the indefatigable Earth, Wind & Fire.
At the end of the month (August 30), Jannus Live (downtown St. Pete) offers an amazing reggae lineup: The “Visiting Bigga Baggariddim” with UB40, the Wailers with Al Anderson, Maxi Priest and Big Mountain.
At the Capitol Theater in Clearwater: A double billing of Buddy and John HiattAugust 5 (this Friday); Christopher CrossAugust 16.
At Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater: Men at work and singer John Waite, August 4 (this Thursday); hindi singer Javed Ali August 19, musical satirist randy rainbow August 26.
Amalie Arena has “Freestyle Explosion Throwback Jam” August 12 with a great cast of 80s and 90s artists including (but not limited to) Stevie B, Lisa Lisa (no Cult Jam, unfortunately), The Jets, Cover Girls and Brenda K. Starr .
At Amalie on August 13, it’s retro-crooner Michel Buble.
Trick Daddy, CeeLo Green, Trina, Juvenile and others will be at the Yuengling Center on August 27.
Daryl Hall and Todd Rundgren are at the Mahaffey Theater on Thursday (August 4); it’s very close to being sold out. The Mahaffey’s only other scheduled offering for the month is the traveling children’s show paw patrolAugust 13 and 14.
Palladium bound: CD release shows jazz saxophonist Eric Darius (August 12) and St. Pete’s Queen of Brazilian bossa nova, Daniela Soledade (August 19). And the Tampa comedian Helene Keane headlined Girls Night Out on August 20 on the Side Door stage.
As Gio Swaby: freshness continues to draw crowds to the main gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts Saint Petersburg has something new in the Minck Gallery, which will open on August 13. Several: twin prince seven seven is the name of the exhibition, as well as (without the word “multiple”) the name of the artist: Painter, Sculptor and Musician of Nigeria (1944-2011), whose work was influenced by mythology and traditional Yoruba culture. The works are part of the permanent collection of the MFA, which includes the Twins Seven Seven prints in several process steps, therefore “multiple”.
According to the MFA’s advance statement: “The artist’s paintings, prints and drawings also forcefully repudiate the often mistaken division between the traditional and the contemporary in African art.”
On August 5 (i.e. this Friday), the Dali Museum planned a curated “gallery experience” in the permanent collection, focusing on Salvador Dali’s wife and muse, Gala. Included is a screening of the short film Breton and the Muse: Midnight in Parisproduced by the museum in 2020. Ned Averill-Snell plays artist André Breton, while Gala is interpreted by Roxanne Fay – who will be present at the screening.
For professional Bay Area theaters, August is that limbo month where a season has ended (or is about to end) with the next season waiting in the wings. For some, it’s a time to recharge those creative batteries and get ready to produce some energetic new stuff in September.
Nevertheless, there are exceptions. The Ybor City-based LAB theater project has an original drama written by founder Owen Robertson, Creation of monsters. Opening August 25, it’s the imaginary backstory of 19e novelist of the century Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, with Newt Rametta as Shelley.
Selina Fillinger’s drama something clean opens August 11 at Studio Grand Central, starring Debbie Yones as a wife and mother struggling with unquenchable feelings of grief and guilt.
Of course the production of Neil Simon’s freeFall Rose and Walsh is on stage until August 28, and paper animals at Jobsite closes this Sunday, August 7.
MIA Mainstage in August: American Stage, Tampa Repertory Theater and Stageworks. But they will all be back soon.
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