• An all-star lineup May 14: Bell Biv DeVoe, SWV and En Vogue

    St. Petersburg, Fla. (March 21, 2017) Hip hop legends Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe – better known as Bell Biv DeVoe – will bring down the house, along with En Vogue and SWV, at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 14 at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater.

    Exploding onto the scene with the multi-platinum albums Poison and Hootie Mack, Bell Biv DeVoe pioneered New Jack Swing in the 1990s with such hits as “Do Me!,” “Poison,” “BBD (I Thought it Was Me)” and “Gangsta.”

    The group’s 2017 album, Three Stripes, has already produced hits in “Run” and “I’m Betta.”

    SWV (Sisters With Voices) gave the world “Weak,” “Right Here/Human Nature,” “I’m So Into You” and others that combined soul and funk with the glorious gospel harmonies LeLee Lyons, Taj Johnson-George and Coco Gamble grew up singing. With sales of 25 million records, SWV is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary as a group.

    Cindy Herron-Braggs, Terry Ellis and Rhona Bennett are En Vogue, R&B’s “Real Funky Divas,” with a legacy of smash hits including “Hold On,” “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” and “Don’t Let Go (Love).” To date, En Vogue has sold some 20 million records.

    Tickets, $49, $59, $69 and $100, go on sale Friday, March 24 at 10 a.m. Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts members can purchase tickets today at noon. Tickets may be purchased online at themahaffey.com, or charge by phone at 727.893.7832.


    The Mahaffey Theater

    The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, The Mahaffey hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions.

    Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.


    Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts

    Founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2009, the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is dedicated to the success and future of The Mahaffey Theater and to the notion that through diverse programing and patron membership support, performing arts should be enjoyed by all of St. Petersburg’s citizens. It’s your theater! 

    The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is committed to supporting and presenting all genres of the performing arts at The Mahaffey Theater, funding arts education for school children through the Class Acts performance series and providing its member patrons with unequaled services, entertainment and cultural experiences.