Under the stars on Friday night at Coachman Park, musical artist Kenny G played his iconic saxophone to several thousand fans. Opening the show standing in the middle of the crowd, his sweet music soothed and enchanted. Moving to the stage, accompanied by a great band, Kenny gave each musician a chance to shine individually performing solos with tunes like Santana’s “Smooth”. A great relaxing evening of music.
Opening for Kenny was famous Hawaiian ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro. Jake told stories to the crowd of his experiences in Hawaii. Jake’s mad skills on this instrument are beyond amazing. His version of The Beatles “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is great. You can find it on YouTube.
After entertaining in Clearwater, Kenny is making news and going viral! On his flight leaving Tampa. Kenny played for passengers to raise money for “Relay For Life” for the American Cancer Society. The passengers raised $2,000!
May’s concert at Coachman will bring the incomparable Grammy winner John Legend’s “Darkness and Light” tour. Legend is one of today’s top musicians. His current duet with pop star Ariana Grande from the film “Beauty and the Beast” is topping the charts. He has a role in 2016’s hit musical film “La La Land”. He won an Oscar for best original song for “Glory” in 2015. Mr. Legend comes to Clearwater for the 2nd show of the tour on Saturday, May 13th!
June 10th will bring some rock to the Coachman with San Francisco’s Third Eye Blind’s “Summer Gods” tour! Opening will be Silversun. Third Eye is celebrating 20 years! A great live band, don’t miss it! These shows are all a part of the Ruth Eckerd Hall’s “On the Road” series and tickets can be purchased at www.rutheckerdhall.com
There is BIG plans coming for Coachman Park with the building of an outdoor “boutique” amphitheater. A smaller version which would seat more than Ruth Eckerd Hall but less than Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater in Tampa. 5,000 people compared to 20,000 with an artist playing several nights of shows. People are looking for a more intimate experience that you just can’t get in the large venues unless you have a front row seat. Coachman with its incredible scenic backdrop, this will be a welcome addition to Tampa Bay music scene!
photos by Vicky Sullivan / Rock The Lens Photography
photo of John Legend courtesy of johnlegend.com