St. Petersburg, Fla. (April 11, 2016) – Overwhelming excitement and outstanding reviews caused by Boy George and Culture Club’s performances from last year’s brief mini-tour of the U.S has driven the group to announce their first full tour in over 12 years. The global, 40-city tour brings Culture Club to The Mahaffey Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Known for dominating the charts worldwide with classic hits including “Karma Chameleon,” “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” and “Miss Me Blind,” the iconic band includes Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Jon Moss (drums and percussion) and the flamboyant frontman Boy George (lead vocals).
Throughout Culture Club’s 2015 mini-tour, the band received rave reviews from some of music’s toughest critics:
“But if you like to go out, if you like to feel good, if you like to be transported by music, if you’re in search of authenticity in a land inundated by fake. This is your gig.’’ – Bob Leftsetz, The Leftsetz Letter
“Headliner Culture Club provided soul aplenty, thanks to a large backing band consisting of female singers, a horn section and George’s own burnished vocals. ‘Church of the Poison Mind’ was as vibrant as ever!” – George A. Paul, Orange County Register
“Re-emphasized George as an outsider who found a path to acceptance by his sheer lovability,” and the group’s performance “underscored the two themes of the night – the pull of nostalgia and the power of individuality.” – Jim Farber, New York Daily News
As the first multi-racial band with an openly gay front man, Culture Club has set many records, including being the first band since The Beatles to have three Top Ten hits in America from a debut album. In the ’80s the band dominated the charts in over a dozen countries, with multi-platinum albums and more than 50 million albums sold worldwide to date.
In 2014, Culture Club reunited to create new music and has been in the studio putting the finishing touches on their new album Tribes, set to release later this year.
Tickets, $69.50, $79.50, $89.50 and $129.50, go on sale to the public Friday, April 15 at noon. Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts members can purchase tickets beginning at noon today. Tickets are available online at themahaffey.com, charge by phone at 727.893.7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The Mahaffey Box Office is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event. There are no added charges ever on tickets purchased directly from The Mahaffey Theater.
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.