Folk-Rock Recording Artist Bhi Bhiman is Special Guest
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Oct. 30, 2013) – American rock icon Chris Cornell, singer and songwriter for Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, will perform an intimate show at The Mahaffey Theater on Friday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m.
The “Songbook” tour is a series of intimate shows highlighting songs that Chris has written throughout his illustrious career, including a few surprise covers. This will also be the first time U.S. fans will hear a handful of acoustic arrangements of songs from 2012’s critically-acclaimed King Animal, Soundgarden’s first new studio album in more than 16 years. Sri Lankan-American folk artist Bhi Bhiman has joined Cornell on the tour as the opener.
The concert is a presentation of The Bill Edwards Foundation of the Arts. Tickets start at $27.50 and will go on sale Friday, Nov. 8 at noon.
Chris Cornell has the ability to connect with listeners like few others of our time. An innovator who resists genre labels, he was nonetheless the chief architect of the ‘90s grunge movement. Ranked as “one of the best voices in music history,” he has successfully maintained his own unique identity over more than two decades as a multi-Grammy® award-winning musician, Golden Globe nominee and universally acclaimed singer, songwriter and lyricist.
This year also marks the launch of The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, which gives aid to the most vulnerable children. One dollar of every ticket sold on the tour will be donated to the Foundation, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit ChildHaven’s Creative Music Therapy Program Expansion. Visit http://www.childhaven.org/ for more information about ChildHaven and the program.
Bhi Bhiman, a first-generation Sri Lankan-American folk-rock recording artist, has been compared to Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. He began exploring music and songwriting while attending University of California Santa Cruz and formed the band Hippie Grenade in 2002.
The band moved to San Francisco and Bhiman left the group to focus on his solo career in 2008. His debut album, Bhiman, was released in 2012 and earned rave reviews from The New York Times, The Washington Post and rock critic Robert Christgau of NPR’s All Things Considered.
Tickets for Chris Cornell: Unplugged and Up Close are $27.50, $35.50, $45.50 and $69.50 and may be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, charge by phone at 727.893.7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The Box Office is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday or at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event. There are no added charges ever on tickets purchased directly from The Mahaffey Theater.
About 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-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.
About The 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.