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St. Petersburg College Announces MARCH AT THE PALLADIUM

Whatever it is, you'll find your music in March at the Palladium! Blues legends Rory Block, Roy Book Binder, Paul Geremia and Jimmy "Duck" Holmes will raise the roof with our first concert of the month on March 5, The Greatest Blues Show on Earth! More blues on March 19, when Junior Well's former fiery lead guitarist appears, Albert Castiglia, High Energy Blues! Jazz fans will glory in Rhapsody in Boop on March 20 when vocalist Kathy Kosins captures the mood, musical moments, even the cartoons of the classic 1930s Betty Boop films.

The timeless jazz of Peggy Lee, Duke Ellington, Anita O'Day, Joni Mitchell, Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson, Shirley Horn and Ella Fitzgerald graces the stages of Hough Hall and the Side Door in numerous concerts throughout the month. Tampa Bay's favorite chamber series will continue to delight classical audiences on March 1, 15 & 20, as will pianist Jeffrey Siegel who returns Thursday, March 31 with Gershwin & Friends. Bluegrass and Celtic afficianados will delight in the music of Claire Lynch, March 4; Cape Breton fiddler Andrea Beaton, March 12; Irish Troubadours Jimmy Crowley and Brendan Nolan, March 25. Our Women's Month celebration closes with hilarity as beloved comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer Mixes it Up with Semi-Sweet on March 26. Roaring throughout the month, come to the The Palladium in March. You'll be glad you did. The Palladium is just a short walk from the Vinoy in downtown St. Petersburg.

Tues., 3/1
7:30 p.m.

Music of the Americas, Second of 4 Shows in the Series
$20

Clay Ellerbroek, flute
Katherine Young, oboe
J. Brian Moorhead, clarinet
Anthony Georgeson, bassoon
Robert Rearden, horn

Tour the Americas with this delightful program by five principals from the Florida Orchestra. Paquito D'Rivera's Aires Tropicales and Wapango, will have you dancing all the way home. Additional favorites by Gershwin, Barber, Villa-Lobos, Fine and Persichetti will be performed as will a festive arrangement for wind quartet from Fiddler on the Roof.

Thurs. 3/3
7:30 p.m.

A Peggy Lee Celebration, featuring Mindy Simmons
$20 day of show

Singing her great hits from the 30s through the 80s, songstress Mindy Simmons takes you on a 45-year journey by emulating the life, humor, finesse and sultry style of the late great Peggy Lee. Simmons is backed by her jazz combo. www.mindysimmons.com

Fri., 3/4
7:30 p.m

The Claire Lynch Band
$20

Bluegrass artist Claire Lynch and her band return to the Palladium. Formerly with the beloved Front Porch String Band, Lynch is a captivating performer and songwriter. She and her band record for Rounder Records. http://www.clairelynch.com/

Sat., 3/5
8:00 p.m.

The Greatest Acoustic Blues Show on Earth! with blues legends Rory Block, Roy Book Binder, Paul Geremia, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
$25, $30

Rory Block: Bonnie Raitt calls Rory Block one of her inspirations and says her "guitar playing, singing and songwriting are some of the most soulful in traditional and modern blues." Block is widely regarded as the top female interpreter and authority on traditional country blues worldwide. www.roryblock.com

Roy Book Binder: Singer-songwriter Roy Book Binder's eclectic repertoire includes blues, country tunes, bluegrass, folk, and popular songs that originated on Tin Pan Alley. One of his musical heroes, Dave Van Ronk, said Book Binder's music is a reflection of his long musical journey through the rich American cultural landscape of the last half of the 20th century. www.roybookbinder.com

Paul Geremia: Paul Geremia whose performances include covers of Blind Willie McTell, Tampa Red and Lemon Jefferson, is a first rate bluesman, songwriter, "scholar" of early jazz and blues, and one of the best country blues fingerpickers ever. With his guitars, harmonica, piano and husky soulful voice, Geremia is possibly the greatest living performer of the East Coast and Texas finger-picking and slide styles, six and twelve strings John Hammond says he'd drive a thousand miles to see Geremia play. www.paulgeremia.org

Jimmy Duck Holmes: Jimmy "Duck" Holmes has lived a life steeped in blues. Today he is the last living practitioner of the celebrated style of Bentonia blues made famous by Skip James and Jack Owens. In addition, Holmes operates what is arguably the oldest juke joint left in Mississippi In the mid-2000s he began performing blues actively after many years of performing casually, and has already garnered several awards and many accolades. www.myspace.com/duckholmes

Sat., 3/12
8 p.m.

Award-winning Cape Breton Fiddler Andrea Beaton and Friends, at the Side Door
$20 advance, $25 day of show

From a long line of acclaimed musicians, Cape Breton native Andrea Beaton brings the best of Nova Scotia fiddling to St. Petersburg. Breton took top honors at the 2010 East Coast Music Awards for Instrumental Recording of the Year for her CD Branches. Beaton returns to The Palladium -- and she is bringing some friends. Cape Breton fiddler and pianist Kimberley Fraser joins Andrea on stage. Enjoy expertly-played Celtic music, along with stories and a few surprises, when Andrea Beaton brings a Nova Scotia party, a célidh, to St. Petersburg. www.andreabeaton.com

Sun., 3/13
3 p.m.

The Music of Duke Ellington with pianist Ted Howe
$18 advance, $20 day of show

Los Angeles based pianist Ted Howe, who grew up in St. Petersburg, returns with his trio and a tribute to Duke Ellington.

Tues., 3/15
7:30 p.m.

Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet, 3rd of 4 Shows in the Series
$20

RoBert Smith & Ken Brown, trumpet
Robert Rearden, horn
Dwight Decker, trombone
William Mickelsen, tuba

Revel in this concert that spans the gamut of musical styles: classic brass quintets, early music, opera, Broadway and a new work by local composer, Rand Snell. Expect to hear music from Porgy and Bess, Musetta's waltz from La Boheme, as well as works by John Williams, Cole Porter, Praetorius, Puccini, Snell, Victor Ewald and Scarlatti.

Sat., 3/19
8 p.m.

Albert Castiglia, High Energy Blues! in partnership with the Suncoast Blues Society
$15 advance, $18 day of show

Having opened for ZZ Top, Elvin Bishop, and The Radiators, Castiglia's quickly becoming a favorite high energy performer at festivals across the country. Castiglia served and toured as blues legend Junior Wells' lead guitar player before Wells died in 1998. After Wells' passing, Soon he toured again with Sandra Hall. Castiglia's latest CD, Keepin On, features five new original tunes, plus covers of songs by John Lee Hooker, Mack Rice, T-Bone Walker, Robert Nighthawk and Bob Dylan. http://albertcastiglia.com

Sun., 3/20
4 p.m.

Kathy Kosins with the Helios Jazz Orchestra
$25 advance, $30 day of show

Celebrated vocalist and award-winning composer Kathy Kosins presents classic American songs and the best musical moments and original cartoons from Betty Boop films. Fresh, contemporary arrangements retain the rich heritage of the original music composed by America's most famous composers, performed by American jazz legends including Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway. Thanks to Lake Seminole Square & Freedom Square, Seminole for their program support. www.bettyboopsbigband.com

Thurs., 3/24
7:30 p.m.

Jazz Songbirds: Denise Moore, Whitney James and Sasha Tuck
$20

In celebration of Women's History Month, three of our favorite female jazz artists present the music of their favorite female jazz artists. Whitney James, Denise Moore and Sasha Tuck will each pay tribute to two singers who shaped their approach to jazz. You'll hear the music of - Anita O'Day, Joni Mitchell, Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson, Shirley Horn and Ella Fitzgerald. Don't miss this fantastic, multimedia show with photos, stories and the songs from the leading ladies of jazz. www.denisemoorejazz.com, http://whitneyjames.com/, www.sashatuck.com

Fri., 3/25
8 p.m.

Two Irish Troubadours, at the Side Door
$15 advance, $20 day of show

The Palladium presents two seasoned Irish troubadours, Jimmy Crowley and Brendan Nolan. Jimmy Crowley is a living legend in Irish music and his songs are steeped in the traditions of his native Cork. A number of his original songs like 'My Love is a Tall Ship' and 'Titanic' reflect the strong connection he has to the sea. Brendan Nolan, originally from Dublin, has made his home in North America. His songs, such as 'The Curse of The Immigrant' and 'Far From Their Home', reflect his Immigration experience and that of many immigrants to these shores. He'll also share several of the old and new songs from his native Dublin City." Get your tickets early. This show sold out last year.

Tues., 3/29
7:30 p.m.

Jeff Multer & Friends, Final of 4 Shows in the Series
$20

Jeff Multer, violin
Christina Dahl, piano
Mark Sforzini, bassoon

The final program in the series features Bach's Violin Sonata No. 3 in E major (with bassoon on basso continuo), Schumann's Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105, Sforzini's Approaching Midnight for Violin and Bassoon, Bartok's Violin Sonata No. 2Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op.96.

Thurs., 3/31
7:30 p.m.

Jeffrey Siegel, Gershwin and Friends, Keyboard Conversations®
$25, 35 VIP ticket - includes reception, with Jeffrey Siegel prior to the performance

This edition of internationally acclaimed classical pianist Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations® features Rhapsody in Blue and other works by Gershwin including rare early pieces. Works also by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron CopIand and Scott Joplin. Keyboard Conversations® brings to lovers of classical music and newcomers alike, a concert-plus-commentary format in which Siegel speaks to the audience about the music before performing each work. Siegel has been soloist with orchestras including Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Orchestra of La Scala, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with many of the pre-eminent conductors of our time: Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas and David Zinman, as well as legendary maestros Eugene Ormandy and Sir George Solti among others. www.keyboardconversations.com

Coming in April:

Sat., 4/2 The Miles Project: Celebrating the Music of MiLes Davis

Sun., 4/3 La Musica, kickoff concert for the International Chamber Festival

Fri. & Sat., 4/8 & 9 Tampa Bay Blues Fest After Shows

Sun., 4/10 Master Chorale of Tampa Bay Presents A Red Rose: Music of American Master René Clausen

Tues., 4/19 Upright Citizens Brigade, Comedy a la "Whose Line is it Anyway?"

Sat., 4/23 Leo Kottke, An Evening with the 6 and 12 string guitar master

Stay up to date on shows, artists and special events at the Palladium Theater by reading the "Palladium Paul" blog. To see the most recent "Palladium Paul" blog entries follow this link: http://palladiumpaul.wordpress.com/.

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