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Best Reason To Brave Downtown Clearwater For Live Music: Capitol Theatre

Best Reason To Brave Downtown Clearwater For Live Music

The historic downtown Clearwater theater is among the oldest operating in Florida right now (est. 1922), and possesses the tasteful grandeur of old Hollywood — gold picture frame molding on the walls, a few with colorful old-fashioned scenes of Florida projected into their centers, crystal chandeliers dripping soft light from the ceiling, crimson velvet curtains falling onto the polished wood floor of a stage looking out onto the 650-seat space and its intimate mezzanine. The acoustics are pristine, the notes soaring to the far reaches of the room directly into your awaiting ear. Last season's offerings as booked by that other noteworthy Clearwater venue, Ruth Eckerd Hall, proved as diverse as they were tempting; singer-songwriters of all varieties — Sondre Lerche, Lindsey Buckingham, Kaki King, Shelby Lynne, Dar Williams, Brandi Carlile, Glen Campbell, Jake Shimabukuro and Greg Lake among them — and select vibe-appropriate bands like Gipsy Kings and Little Feat. 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 727-442-6152,