The Mahaffey Theatre is offering a $15 student price for tickets to the American Legacies concert with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB) and The Del McCoury Band. Tickets are available at the Mahaffey Box Office only with ID; limit two tickets. Showtime is 7 P.M on February 17.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which tours worldwide on a mission to nurture and support the art form of New Orleans Jazz, has been very busy lately. Last week the band was awarded the NAACP’s 2013 Image Award and just Sunday night played with The Black Keys at the Grammy Awards.
Since opening its doors to the public in 1961, it has been the mission of the Preservation Hall to showcase the national treasures of traditional New Orleans jazz music. Forty-eight years later, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band still represents the best opportunity for music fans the world over to experience the planet’s happiest music. Boasting a direct lineage from the earliest incarnations of New Orleans jazz, the current roster of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band features some of the Crescent City’s finest and most exciting musicians. These unforgettable, multi-generational players proudly carry on the traditions passed forward from the most prolific jazz heritage on Earth. In February, 2013, the band received the NAACP 2013 Image Award for the release of the 50th Anniversary Collection.
The Del McCoury Band is a world-class bluegrass ensemble that performs original and traditional compositions with eloquent harmonies and “ferocious, purebred musicianship” (USA Today). Holding more than 30 trophies from the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards (including 9 for Entertainer of the Year) and multiple Grammy awards and nominations, they’re the most honored group in bluegrass history, earning the acclaim of colleagues throughout the music industry, ranging from Dierks Bentley to pop star Bjork to jam band favorites Phish. Their fans, many of whom proudly claim the title of “Del- Head,” are equally diverse and unanimously passionate, filling venues from Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center to New Orleans’ Preservation Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.
Together in concert, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band create a seamless blend of soul-lifting traditional harmonies as the high and lonesome sound of the Appalachians meets the hot and lively jazz of New Orleans. Fresh off a fruitful recording collaboration, as well as a joint performance at Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday celebration in Madison Square Garden, these American Musical Legacies are taking their show on the road. Audiences will thrill to this very special opportunity to witness the coming together of two legendary groups of musicians from two distinctly American musical lineages.
The American Legacies Concert will be an unusual show presented by two masterful groups that will explore the common ground where they meet.
The Mahaffey Theater is at 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Current box office hours are: 9:30am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday, 11:30-5:30 Sunday and at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event.