Archive for September, 2010

Our audiences already know that the Side Door Cabaret is the best listening room in the bay area. Musicians know it too and our downstairs room is quickly becoming THE place to record a live CD. 

Palladium favorite Nate Najar (www.natenajar.com) was the first one in the pool, recording his Live at the Side Door CD, two years ago. This fall, three other CDs are being released. Denise Moore and Then Some (www.denisemoorejazz.com) recorded their History of Jazz show last spring and are releasing the CD with a party in Tampa Saturday night at the old jazz club, 442. We’ll be celebrating the release at the Side Door early in 2011. 

 Guisando Caliente (www.guisandocaliente.com), the great Latin Jazz band, recorded their birthday party show earlier this year at the Side Door. They will be showcasing that album on October 21st when they appear with the Brazilian group O Som Do Jazz  (www.osomdojazz.com) as part of our Latin Jazz Celebration.

And Sandy Atkinson and the True Loves (http://www.sandyatkinson.net/disc.htm), who appeared as part of our Hammond B3 Summer Spectacular, will be releasing a live CD of that show, on Friday, Oct. 15 in the Side Door.

And I recently received a copy of a live DVD recorded last fall at the Side Door featuring the great San Francisco jazz guitarist, Mimi Fox. Check Mimi’s website (www.mimifoxjazzguitar.com) for details on that project. 

Expect the hits to keep on coming. Upstairs, in Hough Hall, we’re installing a new state-of-the-art sound system, complete with Pro Tools recording capability. So expect a lot more Live at the Palladium projects in the coming months and years.

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  The Tampa Bay theater community is still mourning the loss of Jeff Norton, the actor and teacher who was tragically murdered in July.  Now, the leaders of some of the area’s professional theaters have created a fitting memorial for him – The Jeff Norton Awards. (http://stpetersburg.broadwayworld.com/article/Tampa_Bay_Theatres_Announce_Awards_Named_In_Honor_of_Artist_Jeff_Norton_20100914)

The awards will honor work done in the local theaters where Norton was such a presence. They will be presented next August on the stage at the Palladium – where Norton performed his last professional role.


“Our  idea was to begin a Tampa Bay-area awards ceremony to recognize theatre excellence, not unlike the Jefferson or Carbonelle awards, and name them after Jeff Norton, who was always generous about giving credit to every artist he ever worked with,” said Todd Olson, producing artistic director at American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg. “The goal for the Jeff Norton Awards is to recognize finest stage artists in the area and raise the public’s awareness of the exceptional amount of professional not-for-profit theatre in Tampa Bay.”

Not-for-profit theaters in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties with a budget of $250,000 or more can participate.  For more details contact Todd Olsen at 727-224-3277.

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For tickets and detailed information on shows currently on sale click here.

The Palladium’s new season kicked off last weekend with a shimmering production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. A great cast, a lyrical score built around waltz times and a tear-inducing rendition of “Send In The Clowns.”

We’re happy to have St. Petersburg Opera (www.stpeteopera.org) presenting two more full productions this season – Rigoletto in January and Madama Butterfly in June.

We’re also proud to be the home venue for a new musical theater company, The New American Theater (www.newamericantheater.org), which will debut with the down-home musical, Pump Boys and Dinettes, starting Oct. 1. Their season also features A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, in February,  Songs for a New World, in April, and  The Putnam County Spelling Bee in June.

In January we’re presenting the Buglisi Dance Theater, one of New York’s finest companies, featuring St. Petersburg’s own, Helen Hansen French. Last year’s big hit, The Boogie Woogie/Blues Piano Stomp, returns with some exciting new players, plus the legendary Bob Seeley. If you haven’t heard Bob, don’t miss this show.

Our   Encore Chamber Series also returns in February and March and will end with a Sunday matinee  special performance from Sarasota’s  La Musica Chamber Festival.

We will also be showing off our new sound system in Hough Hall. The state-of-the-art system will enhance everyone’s listening experience. It should be in place in early October.

For a sampling of what’s coming, see the list below or check our website (www.mypalladium.org).

For tickets and detailed information on shows currently on sale click here.

2010-11 Season Highlights:

Sun., 10/17                         Bombay Bellywood (Bellydance meets Cirque du Soleil) 

Fri., 10/29                            Rowan Cunningham Band, at the Side Door (Americana/Bluegrass) 

Fri., 11/5                              An Evening with Solas (Celtic Folk) 

Sat., 11/6                             Shaken Not Stirred: The Music of James Bond (Music from the 007 Films) 

Sun., 11/14                         Amor de Tango, (Argentine Tango Dance & Music)

Sun., 11/21                         Battlefield Band, (Traditional Scottish Music) 

Dec. 3-5                                Black Nativity with Sharon Scott 

Dec. 9-11                             The Nutcracker, Presented by the Academy of Ballet Arts (Classic Ballet) 

Fri., 12/17                            Nate Najar’s Jazz Christmas, at the Side Door (Jazz) 

Sat., 1/8                               Elvis: The Show Goes On! 

Fri., 1/28                              Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve 

Sat., 1/29                             Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp featuring Bob Seeley,  Rob Rio, Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues, and Joe Krown.

Sun., 2/20                            Five By Design: Stay Tuned                                    

Sun., 2/27                            Celtic Crossroads

Sat., 3/5                               Best Acoustic Blues Show!  featuring Rory Block, Roy Book Binder, Paul Geremia, Jimmy Duck Holmes

 Sun., 3/20                            Rhapsody In Boop: Kathy Kosins with the Helios Jazz Orchestra (Jazz) 

Thurs., 3/31                        Jeffrey Siegel, Keyboard Conversations (Classical) 

Sun., 4/3                              La Musica (Classical; Chamber) 

Sun., 4/10                            Master Chorale of Tampa Bay (Classical)

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