Sting with “My Songs” and your songs • St Pete Catalyst
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Sting’s May 10 concert at the Met Philadelphia was the fact that the set list did not include “Fields of Gold,” arguably one of Hollywood’s best-known tender ballads. English singer-songwriter.
Here’s the thing, though. When you have a catalog as rich and deep as the former Gordon Sumner’s, with beloved hits and deep tracks dating back over 40 years, you simply can’t play them all. According to the rave review of Daily local news, the two-hour, 20-song set was jam-packed with hits from Sting, both as a solo artist and from his days as a vocalist and bassist with the police, as well as material from his latest, The bridge.
This tour, which Sting calls “My Songs,” stops at the Hard Rock Event Center in Tampa on Saturday (tickets are here).
Setlists are often adjusted from night to night. Sting, if you’re reading this, here’s a query for “Fields of Gold.”
At the Hard Rock Event Center tonight: Candlebox grunge from the 90s. Tickets here.
More shows and concerts
The wonderfully expressive jazz singer-songwriter Halie Loren and his band are performing tonight at the Palladium in St. Petersburg (tickets).
Tonight at [email protected], St. Pete: Brazilian pianist Adolfo Mendonca, with Alejandro Arenas (bass) and Mark Feinman (drums) from La Lucha. The concert will consist of songs written by bossa nova icon only Antonio Carlos Jobim. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are here.
Actor, comedian (and father of Elle King) Rob Schneider is on stage performing stand-up Friday at the Capitol Theatre, Clearwater (tickets).
literary singer Tom Russel performs Friday at the Craftsman House Gallery in St. Pete (read more here).
Saint Petersburg Opera Company Broadway cabaretin which professional opera singers have fun and perform their favorite musical theater pieces, takes place at Opera Central on Saturday, 1st Avenue S. Read all about it here.
Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor joins The Florida Orchestra for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater (St. Pete) and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater). Also on the program, the penultimate of the TFO season: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and that of Ahmed Al Abaca Ode to Liberty. Additional information and tickets here.
Many of the Bay’s best jazz and funk musicians gather in Ybor City on Sunday for a drummer benefit show Pat Close. Check it here.
Hooray for Bollywood
At the Yuengling Center (Tampa) on Friday: a full orchestra of musicians playing music by Bollywood film legends Laxmikant-Pyarelal, dating back to the 1960s, with singers such as Zeenat Aman, Padmani Kolhapure, Rati Agnihotri and many more others. For more information on the production, click on here. Concert tickets are here.
On the theater stages
Actor and playwright Ronnie Marmo is on stage Saturday at the Straz Center (Tampa) Jaeb Theater with the feat of one man I’m not a comedian… I’m Lenny Bruce. Read (or watch) our interview here.
Still at Center Straz, Construction site The theater continues its production of Bertolt Brecht’s satire The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (find out more here).
Straz’s Broadway touring series is in full swing with pretty woman the musical on stage at Morsani Hall until Sunday (tickets here).
Anna in the tropicsNilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, premieres this weekend (in English and Spanish) on Tampa’s stage work Theater. Get all the details here.
Opening Friday at free fall Drama (St. Pete) is paranormal drama A Skeptic and a Bruja, a collaboration with the Urbanite Theater in Sarasota. We will do a close-up on this show on Friday in the Catalyst.
And one more thing
Yours truly will be among 18 vendors offering unique Florida-centric memorabilia and ephemera for sale on Saturday Florida Festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino. To be specific, I’ll have the two Vintage St. Pete books from St. Petersburg’s Press (Volume 1 has become a collector’s item) plus a few other titles of mine. Learn more here.
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