Studio@620 announces backyard concert series and walking tour in Historic Old Southeast

Exterior of a historic home, and a closeup of a guitarist

The Studio@620 has put together a traveling outdoor concert event on Thursday, December 17, that will let the audience attend limited, intimate shows as several stunning homes in the Old Southeast neighborhood. Billed as a progressive backyard concert series, “Sun + Sky + Song” may be the most unique fundraising event in St. Petersburg. Trust us; the waterfront views from the Old Southeast are unparalleled.

This curated series of performances will serve as a sort of walking tour of the Old Southeast Neighborhood. Performers include local musical favorites Nate Najar (pictured above), Daniela Soledade, The Picnic Band (Paul Wilborn, Eugenie Bodurant, Sher and Robin Sibucao) Sharon Scott, James Suggs, La Lucha and more.

4 locations, multiple performances 

You’ll visit four locations including the homes of Bob Devin Jones and James Howell, Paul Wilborn and Eugenie Bondurant, Jorn Veenstra and Ami Utji, and James Howell’s Red Cottage. Each location features a different twenty minute performance and you’ll have plenty of time to walk to the next place on your tour. You’ll receive a pre-packaged gourmet snack box at your first location as well as beverages at each stop. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon while supporting one of St. Petersburg’s most treasured arts organizations.

Image of La Lucha band standing outdoors

La Lucha

Four groups will be making simultaneous rounds so make note of your group when you purchase your ticket as this determines which home you start at. Guests will stay with the same audience group for the entirety. Seating will be sanitized between groups and masks required. An email will be sent complete with addresses and map of homes included on the tour after tickets are purchased. Your ticket supports The Studio@620 as they strive to continue their mission of YES during these historic times.

A progressive concert for a wonderful cause

Here’s the breakdown on the small groups you may join (with your purchased ticket in advance) and performance schedules:

  • Group 1 Starts at the home of Bob Devin Jones and James Howell / Performers are Nate Najar and Daniela Soledade
  • Group 2 Starts at the home of Paul Wilborn and Eugenie Bondurant / Performers are The Picnic Band (Paul Wilborn, Eugenie Bondurant, Robin and Sher Sibucao)
  • Group 3 Starts at James Howell’s Red Cottage / Performers are La Lucha
  • Group 4 Starts at the home of Jorn Veenstra and Ami Utji / Performers are Sharon Scott, James Suggs, and Company

All tours begin at 3pm at the appropriate location. Concerts will be 20 minutes at each venue with plenty of time to walk between homes. All groups will see concerts from all performers as the group progresses from home to home.

Image of Sharon Scott singing

Sharon Scott

Safety first! Tickets must be purchased in advance

Due to the pandemic, all tickets must be purchased in advance. Audience size will be kept small (limited to 25 per group) to ensure adequate space for social distanced seating. Guests are required to wear masks.

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased on the Studio@620’s website.

You’ll receive a map of locations via email after you purchase your tickets.

You can of course continue to support the Studio@620 outside of this unique fundraising event. See the Studio@620’s entire schedule of events on its website. Or you can simply make a donation by becoming a member.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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