Special Jan. 25 Performance Benefits Mahaffey Theater’s Foundation
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2013) – Up-and-coming emerging musician and songwriter Allen Stone, who hails from Cheweleh, WA, calls himself a “hippie with soul.” The accolades this 25-year-old has amassed over the last four years range from “pitch-perfect powerhouse,” to “the artist to watch” to comparisons to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers.
Stone will bring his socially-conscious music to The Mahaffey Theater for a concert on Friday, January 25 at 8pm. Tickets for this special performance are $15 and go sale noon Thursday, January 10 at noon.
Like many soul singers, Stone got his start in church. The son of a preacher, he began leading worship at his church and played the guitar. He discovered classic ‘60s and ‘70s music while a teenager and first heard Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions album at the age of 15.
Stone moved to Seattle to pursue a musical career and has spent the last four years crisscrossing the country in a van with his band playing any small club that would have him. Since the digital release of his self-titled album, Allen Stone (2011), he has been selling out from coast to coast. The album jumped into the Top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and entered the Top 5 of iTunes’ R&B/Soul charts. The buzz started: The New York Times made the comparisons to the iconic male soul singers, USA Today called Stone, a “pitch-perfect powerhouse” and Billboard proclaimed, “The Artist to watch!”
Stone has appeared on Ellen (Thursday, Jan. 3), Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show and recently signed to ATO Records, which brings the album into wide release.
Allen Stone Official “Sleep” video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G29lvYkSjY
All seats are $15. College students may purchase tickets for $10 by presenting valid ID at the Box Office only. Tickets are subject to additional convenience fees and handling charges. Ticket sales benefit The Mahaffey Theater Foundation, which supports the Class Acts program for school children. Tickets may be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, charge by phone at (727) 893-7832 or at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The box office is open Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-5:30pm; Sunday, 11:30am-5:30 pm, or day of, at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event.
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 Theater 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-renown 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 Presents Inc.
A premier live entertainment company, Bill Edwards Presents Inc. has been producing world-class concert attractions for more than a decade. With a mission to maximize the live concert experience, Bill Edwards Presents Inc., is committed to booking, producing and marketing live concerts for artists around the globe. Based in St. Petersburg, Fla., the company has produced events in marquee venues around the United States and the world with artists such as Cheap Trick, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Josh Groban, Kool & The Gang and countless others industry professionals within the encompassing companies of Big3 Entertainment Group: Big3 Records, Big3 Studios, Bill Edwards Presents and The Mahaffey.