Hello Amythyst Kiah, goodbye TFO • St Pete Catalyst


Singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah, who will be on stage at the Jaeb Theater (in the Straz Center) on Friday describes her powerfully lyrical music as “southern gothic”. Kiah, born and raised in Tennessee, plays guitar and banjo; his debut at Rounder Records Suspicious + Strange was nominated for Album of the Year 2021 by Folk Alliance International. She was chosen by CMT (Country Music Television) for its Next Women of Country Class of 2022, and was nominated for a Best American Roots Grammy for her song “Black Myself.”

She recently opened a series of arena dates for The Who.

As a member of the group Our Native Daughters (along with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell), Kiah is creating a fascinating new kind of American folk music, based on history, music that (according to NPR) “sheds new light on African Americans. women’s stories of struggle, resistance and hope. She also plays songs from Radiohead and Joy Division.

The tickets are here.

TFO go

It’s “mission accomplished” for the Florida Orchestra, as Saturday’s concert (at Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall) marks a fork in the 2021-22 season.

Daniel Black leads the band for the 20-hour program called “Stars and Stripes Forever,” featuring patriotic music from the pens and pianos of Sousa, Copland, Barber, Berlin, John Williams and more (It’s Memorial Weekend Day, after all). The tickets are here.

Maestro Michael Francis and the Gang will begin Season 55 in October (read all about it here).

music festivals

It’ll be quite a rave-up at Raymond James Stadium from Friday to Sunday as something like 70 DJs and live bands spin music and other sounds for the year Music festival at sunset. Electronic dance music lollapaloza started in 2006 across the bay at Vinoy Park. Details, tickets and other relevant are here.

Saturday is the day for the 2022 Daisy Festival, at the Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa. Live Margarita Celebration Entertainment from 1-11 p.m. (must be 21+ to attend) and Music: Elle (“Ex’s & Oh’s”) King, whose father, comedian Rob Schneider, was on stage at Clearwater a few nights ago; the 2020 incarnation of the Village People; and the band that insists on being called Lynyrd Skynyrd, with original member guitarist Gary Rossington. Details and tickets are here.

Shen Yun is at the Mahaffey Theater daily until the 29thand, for his annual visit. It’s a New York-based traveling celebration of traditional Chinese dance — it’s a huge company of performers — and culture. The Chinese government does not allow Shen Yun to perform in China, as several numbers in the show refer to cultural oppression in that country. Tickets for Mahaffey performances are here.

Theater and music

To FreeFall Theater in St. Petersburg, the haunted house comedy/drama A Skeptic and a Bruja by Rosa Fernandez continues this weekend (tickets here).

construction theaterat the Straz Center (Tampa), is in full production with German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s quivering satire on The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. It’s on stage until June 5 (tickets here).

Opening Saturday at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg is an exhibition of works by the Bahamian multidisciplinary artist Gio Swaby. Refresh features over 40 works ranging from intimate portraits to life-size textile panels made using stitched line drawing and quilting techniques. The artist creates unique portraits through a range of textile-based methods. Read more in Friday’s edition of Catalyst.

The Wilson van, a part-time rock ‘n’ roll band consisting of brothers Patrick Wilson, Mark Wilson and Paul Wilson, raised by St. Pete, will perform on Jannus Live on Sunday. Hint: They are all famous. Here’s our interview with Patrick Wilson from earlier this week.

Oak for us folk

New to the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement: In honor of the oak, a special installation curated by museum founder Rudy Ciccarello. It consists of original furniture dedicated to the material that shaped the Arts and Crafts movement: oak.

The description for this exhibit reads in part: “More than just beautiful, the wood panels used in this furniture collection are structurally stronger than your everyday oak planks, due to a treatment technique lumber popular during the Arts and Crafts movement, called ‘quarter sawing.’ This process begins by cutting a log of wood into four pieces lengthwise, creating shims, then cutting these shims into planks.Using quarter-sawn oak, these furniture panels reveal a beautiful striped pattern stripes known as ray spots and have stood the test of time.

In effect. Over 100 years old.

For more information, see the MAACM website.

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