The Tampa Bay performing arts calendar scene in 2018 brings legendary musicians such as Willie Nelson, Judy Collins, Andrea Bocelli and Billy Joel as well as comedians (Bill Engvall), dance (The Moscow Ballet, Dancing with the Stars) and more. From performing arts to theater, galleries to museums, there’s never a dull moment in Tampa Bay. Here are a few of our curated picks. —Nanette Wiser
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Calendar – January-March 2018
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Jan. 20: Throw-down by the Bay with country artists Jake Owen, Dan & Shay and Easton Corbin
Feb. 9: Billy Joel in Concert
Feb 14: Andrea Bocelli with Kristin Chenoweth
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Jan. 20: Musical Thrones (A Game of Thrones Parody) – Sing and dance along with Daenerys and her dragons, Tyrion, Joffrey and all the jolly members of the Lannister and Stark families in this love letter to fans.
Jan. 26: Tom Rush– The folk rock legend celebrates 50+ years on stage and in the studio. Jan. 27: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band– Country rock and American roots music, from Mr. Bojangle to Will The Circle Be Unbroken.
Jan. 31: Adam Ant ANTHEMS The Singles Tour – For post-punk New Wave fans, this musician (and actor) is a welcome New Year visitor with Glam Skanks opening the show.
Feb. 3: Arlo Guthrie– Don your denim and peace symbols for this legendary folk music icon, joined by children Abe and Sara Lee and a multimedia archival presentation.
Feb 6: The Tenors – Pretty and perfect pitch, the multi-platinum supergroup -platinum, JUNO Award-winning vocal supergroup’s harmonies are show-stopping, especially Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
5 Feb. 7: Bella Fleck – The contemporary progressive banjo pioneer performs with The Flecktones Trio alongside Victor Wooten & Roy “Futureman” Wooten.
Feb. 8: Jake Shimabukuro –Sophisticated, eclectic ukulele arrangements range from original songs to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and Schubert’s Ave Maria. With special guests Nolan Verner and Dave Preston.
Feb. 10: Under The Streetlamp’s Rockin’ Around The Clock – Featuring the former Jersey Boy cast members, doo-wop, Motown and rock tunes from The Drifters, Beach Boys and more make nostalgia modern again.
Feb. 14: Rufus Wainwright’s February in Florida – What better way to get romantic than a night with the artist featured on movie soundtracks (Moulin Rouge), collaborations with Elton John and Burt Bacharach and just off his first opera, Prima Donna.
Feb.15: Judy Collins – Spellbinding and sublime vocals and the voice of social activism, this modern day Renaissance woman lights up the stage, from Both Sides Now to Amazing Grace.
Feb. 16: Sierra Hull– Bluegrass musician and mandolin prodigy, Hull’s genre-bending album A Weighted Mind featured Allison Krauss on vocals, Ethan Jodziewicz on bass, and Bela Fleck on banjo.
Feb. 17: Colin Quinn – Stand up comedian and actor, Quinn’s done everything from MTV days and SNL to Comedy Central and Broadway and always leave them laughing. Feb. 18: Jesse Colin Young–Legendary classic rocker sings about love, peace and the precious natural world
Feb. 19: The Earls of Leicester featuring Jerry Douglas – With their second album Rattle & Roar, the bluegrass group has conjured up a fresh batch of Flatt and Scruggs songs in a style all their own.
Feb. 20: George Benson– The 10-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist combine funk, jazz, blues, and soul with hits like This Masquerade and Give Me the Night.
Feb. 23 Gino Vanelli
Feb. 24: Jackie Mason– The comedy legend combines pungent political satire, insightful observations on the foibles of modern life and impeccable timing. Upcoming Concerts: Feb. 22 Air Supply,
Feb. 24 The Olate Dogs (from America’s Got Talent), Feb. 25 Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers,
Feb. 28 Dixie Dregs, March 1 Howie Mandel
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Jan. 23: Pink Martini with Singer – Aerial antics and awesome pipes.
Jan. 24: Bob Woodward – Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter shares insights.
Jan. 27: Masters of Illusion – Now you see it, now you don’t. Believe in the impossible.
Feb. 3: G3 featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci of Dream Theater, and Phil Collen of Def Leppard – The ultimate fusion jazz.
Feb. 6: BalletBoyz – Cheeky, original modern dance group from the UK.
Feb. 8: ABBA Mania – Mama Mia tribute band.
Feb. 9: Tony Bennett – Sans Gaga, but just as fab.
Feb. 11: American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook – Romance starts with these toe-tapping tunes.
Feb. 15: The Midtown Men: Reunited! The Jersey Boy stars from Broadway.
Feb. 25: The Legendary Ladies of Motown – Soul like you’ve never heard before.
Feb. 28: Wild Kratts Live! Kids crave these crazy critters.
Mar. 2: Celtic Woman – Irish music just in time for St. Paddy’s.
Mar. 4: The Righteous Brothers – You’ve lost that loving feeling? Find it here.
Mar. 13: An Evening with Audra McDonald – This virtuoso Broadway star dazzles.
Mar. 14: The Kingston Trio- San Francisco’s golden oldies transport you to the way we were.
Mar. 15: TAO: Drum Heart – Internationally acclaimed percussion artists will wow you.
Mar. 16: 1964 The Tribute – Beatlemania at its best.
Mar. 17: Jason Mraz – Solo acoustic performance from this show-stopping troubadour.
Mar. 18: Cirque Eloize Saloon – A contemporary circus leader, fun for the family.
Mar. 20: Million Dollar Quartet – The Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by an electrifying true story.
Mar. 30: Dennis Miller – He rants, he raves, he’s hilarious and takes no prisoners.
Mar. 31: Popovich Comedy Pet Theater – Russian circus performer Gregory Popovich’s hilarious dogs and cats perform.
Apr: 29: Mummenschanz – Inventive uses of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects in “You
Jan. 19: James Suggs plays the music of Lee Morgan – Morgan was a protege of Dizzy Gillespie and Fats Navarro and reached critical acclaim at age 17 and this jazz trumpet tribute says it all.
Jan. 20: The Eve of Jackie featuring Chester Gregory – A re-creation of the final concert of the late great Jackie Wilson backed by a full band.
Jan. 21: Nicki Parrott, Rossano Sportiello, and Ed Metz – Arbors Records recording artists mesh piano, drums and vocals seamlessly.
Feb. 8: The Mersey Beatles: Four Lads from Liverpool – Maybe one of the best Beatle tribute bands around.
Feb. 10: Vic DiBitetto – One of America’s funniest people, this comedian is a cross between Rodney Dangerfield and Ralph Kramden.
Feb. 13: Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute – Do you believe in magic? Rumours will make you think you’re with the original band.
Feb. 14: Whitney James’ Jazz Valentine – Sultry jazz and pop songs from this sweetheart singer.
Feb. 17: Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis – Brings back the magic of “the King of Rock-n-roll” in this mix of story and song.
Feb. 18: Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road presents Jeanne Robertson – Turning 75 years young, this award-winning humorist charms audiences with her clever observations about life around her.
Feb. 19: Gene Watson with the Farewell Party Band -See why the balladeer is considered by many to be a “singer’s singer.” Watson’s understated straight-to-the- heart singing captivates.
Feb. 28: Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road Presents Phillip Phillips – With his five times- platinum debut single Home in spring 2012, singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips’ two chart-topping albums feature his expansive brand of earthy, guitar-fueled music.
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Jan. 21: Bill Engvall– The Texas comedian takes no prisoners Jan. 26: Paul Anka– The teen idol shows no signs of slowing down. Enjoy his hit tunes including Diana, Lonely Boy and Put Your Head on My Shoulder, She’s A Lady and This Is It.
Jan. 29: THE MODERN GENTLEMEN – They backed up Frankie Valli and now unleash their own signature sound blending tight harmonies on classic pop, rock, jazz and doo-wop hits. Jan. 30 Diana Krall – The sultry GRAMMY®-award winning jazz pianist and singer performs old favorites and tunes from her latest album Turn Up the Quiet.Feb. 9: Little River Band
Feb. 10: RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles – The tribute band celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band!
Feb. 13: The Beach Boys – Original members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston bring back the Good Vibrations.
Feb. 14: Dancing with the Stars’ Live! Light Up The Night Feb. 15: Willie Nelson – The legendary
country singer/songwriter has won GRAMMY®s, American Music and Country Music Awards is an outspoken activist; we’d like to hang out in his tour bus.
Feb. 16: Kelsea Ballerini The Unapologetically Tour – The next country music queen wowed folks with
Love Me Like You Mean It and The First Time.
Feb. 18: Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show – Enjoy classic songs and never-before-heard songs written by the late, multi-platinum award-winning songwriter, Ron Miller (For Once In My Life) along with recorded voiceovers made exclusively for this show by the late, comedic genius, Buddy Hackett.
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Jan. 12-March 11: Forever Plaid -When four young singers are killed in a car crash, they posthumously take the stage for one final gig in this goofy, 1950’s nostalgia trip.
Jan. 17-Feb. 11: The Tempest -Jobsite is thrilled to continue their commitment to making The Bard accessible to regional audiences with this delightful fantasy.
Jan. 19-21: Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour and international Irish dance phenom
Feb. 14-25: The Phantom of the Opera – Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew
Lloyd Webber’s legend makes its triumphant return to Tampa as part of its North American Tour.
Jan. 20: Amadeus – This acclaimed series brings filmed versions of great performances from Britain’s National Theatre to the high-definition movie screen in Ferguson Hall.
Jan. 24: Gobsmacked! – Direct from sell-out shows in London and featuring the reigning world champion beatboxer Ball-Zee, it’s a new twist on acappella shows.
Jan. 26: Decades Rewind – Enjoy the national touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance wrapped up in one with music from all eras.
Jan. 27: Miranda Sings – This YouTube channel star has an international 8 million + following.
Jan. 29: The Magic of Adam Trent- Direct from Broadway, Adam Trent, the breakout star of the world’s best-selling magic show The Illusionists, brings his signature brand of magic to the stage.
Feb. 2-4: Opera Tampa – Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville -The race for Rosina’s love is on — but how can Count Almaviva get her from Dr. Bartolo’s clutches?
Feb. 1: Black Violin – Black Violin is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their band, ace turntable whiz DJTK.
Feb. 2: Take Me to The River – Memphis Soul and R&B Revue featuring William Bell, Bobby Rush and
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Jan. 18: Darlene Love
Feb. 3: In The Mood
Feb. 17: Iliza Schlesinger
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Jan. 19-21: Daniel Crozier, Rollins College – Splendor Fountain: Daniel Crozier has been a recipient of the
Cornell Distinguished Teaching Award. His music has been performed or recorded by the Fort Worth Opera, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, New York City Opera, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and many more.
Feb. 16-18: Dorothy Hindman, Frost School Of Music (University of Miami) – Orchids Grow Here: Dorothy Hindman’s music is a blend of punk/grunge with a spectralist sensibility. Her more than 400
performances span 30 states and 16 countries, including major venues such as Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, the American Academy in Rome and many more.
May 4-6: Manuel de Murga, StetsonUniversity – Fanfare for Three Cities: Manuel de Murga teaches composition, orchestration, improvisation and music theory classes, and directs the music composition program. His music has received international performances at concerts and music.
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