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Our Side Door Summer got off to a rockin’ good start with sold-out shows featuring Coo Coo Ca Choo, the hands-down best ’60s rock band ever, and Jefferson Airplane founder Marty Balin, and his tight-tight band and a string of hits.

Both shows had the crowd on the their feet – dancing during the sets and with a standing ovation at the end.

The Side Door is dark this weekend, since we have some rental shows on our mainstage, but it returns with a bang on the last weekend in June. The lineup features three don’t-miss shows:Friday, June 29, is the return of the blues guitar master Sarasota Slim. His last show was completely sold-out and he’s back with a great band in an intimate concert setting.

On Saturday, June 30, we feature a brand new Latin Jazz band, La Lucha, featuring some of our favorite jazz musicians including Alejandro Arenas, bass; Mark Feinman, drums; and John O’Leary, piano. Special guests are Jun Bustamante, vocals and Austin Vickrey, sax. They are celebrating the release of a new CD.

And we close out with a very big show on Sunday afternoon at 3. This one is so big – we’ve moved it upstairs to Hough Hall. It is License To Thrill – a show featuring theme music from the spy movies and television shows including James Bond and Austin Powers films, Mission Impossible, Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Prisoner, Get Smart and other favorites.

The 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra directed by David Manson, will be joined by vocalists Denise Moore, Bryan Hughes & Andrea Manson.  If you haven’t caught Helios at the Palladium you are in for a musical treat. These are powerful, horn-driven arrangements. Don’t fight the Sunday afternoon heat, come inside for a cool afternoon of Spy Music!

We’ve got lots of other great bands and artists coming up – including a Blues Blowout weekend in July, featuring the St. Pete Blues Allstars on Friday,July 14,  the Backtrack Blues Band CD release party on Saturday, July 15, and “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” star Chris Thomas King bringing his blues trio in on Sunday, July 16 at 7.

For details and tickets for all the shows and more, visit www.mypalladium.org

Helios Jazz Orchestra with Bryan Hughes


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One of the highlights of the Palladium’s 2010-11 season is coming up this Sunday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. Bombay Bellywood is a  touring show that is amazing audiences around the world. In case you haven’t heard of this show, I wanted to share this from the website for Bombay Bellywood:

With 6 years of performing over 700 shows in 22 countries the Bellydance Superstars have earned the accolade given them by the Sunday Times of England “ the most important dance troupe in the world.” They have taken an ancient art form previously seen in clubs and restaurants and turned it into a mega show to compete head on with the likes of Riverdance and Stomp. They have also added to the interpretation of Bellydance much as Cirque de Soleil has added to the interpretation of the Circus.

 They have given bellydancers worldwide the confidence that their dance art can now present them with the opportunity to dance in the world’s most prestigious venues just like any primo ballerina.  The BDSS has in fact opened doors and invigorated the art of Bellydance beyond recognition.

They have also inadvertently ended up as cultural ambassadors between East and West prompting the accolade from the Sunday Times. Now they add to that momentum by adding new cultural elements from India blending them to the already rich tapestry of Bellydance they have created so far.

The new show will merge traditional, and Tribal Bellydance with Indian dance styles rich in costuming and exciting emotive, infectious music. We are calling it BOMBAY BELLYWOOD. Cairo meets Bombay in San Francisco and New York with a touch of Buenos Aries and Chicago

To be sure, the Bellydance Superstars are not purists, and proud of it. They see the art of Bellydance as a living art capable of absorbing new elements and spreading its wings to captivate ever more people in ever more cultures. Indian dance has also morphed in unique ways so that the term Bollywood means different things to different people but to all it spells exotic India today. The Bellydance Superstars motto could be “creatively true”. Don’t lose the essence of the dance art but don’t be afraid to expand its horizons.

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 Brian Becker’s dream of a Tampa Bay theater company devoted to musicals comes to life this weekend at the Palladium. The rollicking gas station-and-grill musical Pump Boys and Dinettes opens for a two-week run on the Hough Hall stage.

Brian has worked incredibly hard to bring New American Theater to life. The company has three more shows planned at the Palladium through next summer. Check out the New American Theater website for details. Help out this great new company and buy a ticket. Bring some friends.

I’m seeing the show on opening night, but several Palladium staffers have seen rehearsals and report that Pump Boys is going to be a hit. Great music. Great singing and playing. A terrific set.

Hope you’ll come out to the diner and gas station at the corner of 5th Avenue North and 3rd Street (also known as the Palladium at St. Petersburg College) for a fun night with the Pump Boys and Dinettes.

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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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Creative Loafing columnist Peter Meinke, who is also the Poet Laureate of the City of St. Petersburg, featured the Palladium in his most recent column. Meinke was writing about the arts boom in St. Petersburg and comparing it another artsy burg – Provincetown.

To read the entire column follow this link: http://tampa.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=1143791

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The venerable Hammond B3 is a musical instrument claimed equally by blues, rock and jazz musicians. The wonder of the B3 is that it has its own distinct sound when used in each genre. 

Up in Pinellas Park we’re blessed to have perhaps the world’s top Hammond B3 provider, Keyboard Specialties. When Eric Clapton wanted a B3, he called Paul Homb, the longtime owner of Keyboard Specialties. Their instruments – perfectly maintained and serviced – are in demand for concerts and music festivals around the country. 

This year we’re partnering with Keyboard Specialties, along with the Suncoast Blues Society and the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association, to present four great shows featuring the Hammond B3. All shows are at 8 p.m. and prices vary, so check our website. 

Here’s a listing of the shows: 

Fri, July 9    –   Kickin’ the Blues with Sandy Atkinson & The True Loves at the Side Door Cabaret. The show features Dean Germain on the B3, plus an all-star band. Sandy is recording a live album that night. 

Sat, July 10    The Battle of The B3s – Blues vs. Jazz. The show features the Organic Trio, a great Sarasota-based jazz band with strong r&b influences and The Voodoo Trio, featuring Lee Pons on the B3.

 Fri, July 23 – B3 Jazz Master Stan Hunter and his Trio. Stan has toured the U.S. and Europe with some of the great names in jazz and has highlighted our Battle of the B3s shows the past two years.  

 Sat, Aug 21  – Hammond B3 Showdown, N’awlins Style. Direct from New Orleans the Palladium presents the Joe Krown Trio, featuring keyboard master Joe Krown on piano and B3, plus Walter “Wolfman” Washington, on guitar, and Russell Batiste, on drums. Joining them on a second B3 are “Papa” John Gros, of Papa Grows Funk and Dave McCracken of Donna The Buffalo.  Showtime, 8 p.m.

For tickets and more information, visit www.mypalladium.org.

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Back in the mid-1970s the critics dubbed Firefall a “Supergroup,” filled with players with impressive musical resumes. Not all of the groups given that moniker lived up to the title, but Firefall was that and more.

And Jim Mason, now a resident of the Tampa Bay area, was a big part of that success. Mason produced Firefall’s first two albums, which spawned most of the hits that are still played today – Just Remember I Love You, You Are The Woman, and lots more.

Mason is now producing concerts with some of his musical buddies from 1970s and 1980s. Working with partner Al Alvarez, he recently brought Noel Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul and Mary, to the Palladium. Mason co-wrote one of Peter, Paul and Mary’s hits and produced Stookey’s successful “Wedding Song” album.

That led directly to Firefall. The groups members came from bands like the Byrds, Spirit, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Gram Parson’s band. The band’s sound was in the same ballpark as the hot band of 1975 – The Eagles.

But Firefall was described at the time as reminicent of another group.

“What surprised me most about the success of Firefall was that all of the rock n roll press made comparisons of Firefall to Buffalo Springfield. ”

This acoustic version of Firefall will visit the Palladium on Saturday, April 10. For tickets, visit www.mypalladium.org

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