Throwbacks Light Up The Mahaffey This Summer

Talk about a #TBT Throwback Thursday! In the coming months, The Mahaffey has a multitude of shows that'll blast you back to a time when parachutes were pants, perms were socially acceptable, and you couldn't put your heel to the sidewalk without creating some kind of groove. Check out what's to come at the waterfront theater that makes St. Pete a cultural destination for performing arts, comedy and, most of all, music!


Morris Day & The Time (WIN TICKETS! Scroll down)

The Time was formed in 1981 by Prince. They released 4 albums with Morris Day, each imbued with the roundtable funk jam-band electricity that defined 80's funk music. Their work is reminiscent and inspired by artists like Parliament, James Brown and of course the iconic Prince. They're the band you didn't know you knew, their hits include "Jungle Love," "The Bird," "Get It Up" and "The Walk."

A special bit of bonus entertainment has been added to the card. Actor/Comedian Mark Curry will perform. The concert will take place on Friday, July 11 at 8pm. Tickets run between $29.50-$59.50.



YES, the progressive rock Brits who made a name for themselves in the 1970s are lighting up the Mahaffey in August. They'll be performing their first two albums, both instant classics, in their entirety and more. This is a first time ever event, you'll hear all of Fragile, the album that boosted them into superstardom followed by a run-through of 1972's Close to the Edge and an encore of the band's greatest hits. During the encore, those in attendance will be treated to an exclusive first listen to material that will appear on their upcoming album Heaven and Earth.

The concert takes place on Saturday, August 2, at 8pm. Tickets run from $49.50-$125.50. The Mahaffey is also offering special show packages that include near-stage seating, a meet-and-greet with the band, limited edition gifts and much more.


Memphis Music Fest

The blues brothers who brought soul into the mainstream, Booker T. Jones, The Bar-Kays and William Bell bring the Memphis Music Festival to St. Pete. Booker T. Jones, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient is credited for setting the stage for modern soul music and largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. Jones is regarded as a true prodigy of music.

The Bar-Kays began as the Stax Records house band in Memphis in '66. The raw sound of soul offered a kind of relevance to a rising African American community seeking its own music. They have a career total of 29 albums including 1 platinum album, 5 gold albums and 20 top 10 singles.

William Bell, the recipient of the 1997 Rhythm and Blues Foundation's R & B Pioneer Award, was inducted into the George Music Hall of Fame and the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Bell has come to embody all of the intricacies that comprise soul and continues to carry the flag for the music movement to this day.

The concert takes place on Friday, August 8, at 8pm. Tickets are $39, $49 and $69.



Vince Clarke and Andy Bell prolifically produced pop anthems in the '80s, the '90s and through to today. Songs like "A Little Respect," "Love To Hate You" and "Breathe" made the duo known as Erasure household names internationally adored stars. Their popularity was complemented by 5 consecutive No ! albums and the beginning of a worldwide Abba revival. The band's newest album, The Violet Flame, will be released in the Fall of 2014.

Erasure will perform on Sunday, September 14, at 7:30. Tickets are between $29-$59.


Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett's talents are ubiquitous. Whether he is singing, composing or acting, he holds a mastery of the craft and provides a performance that leaves audiences in awe. His career spans 14 albums. coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician combines country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention defying manner that breaks the barriers between genres. Lovett has 13 feature films on his impressive resume, plus 4 Grammy Awards and an inaugural Trailblazer Award from the American Music Association.

The diversity of influences that Lovett writes and performs from makes him a juggernaut talent making him one of the most infectious and enigmatic musicians in popular music. The show takes place on Sunday, October 19 at 7pm. Tickets run from $39-$69.



Don't miss St. Pete's Funkiest Summer Party! We're giving away a pair of tickets to Morris Day and The Time! If you want experience the bare bone roots of soul and blues simply fill in the blank and you'll be entered for a chance to win! 

"Morris Day and The Time were formed in the year _______"



Written by Andrew Harlan

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