Harry Connick Jr. is parking his pretty face in Clearwater for two nights of New Orleans magic

Celebrating the Crescent City's tricentennial.


Harry Connick Jr. sold out the room in 2015, so New Orleans jazz icon Harry Connick Jr. is spending two nights at Ruth Eckerd Hall in 2018. The 50-year-old crooner might as well take the time and space, too, as these stops are happening in celebration of the Crescent City’s tricentennial and just months after Connick’s daytime talk show, Harry, got the pink slip from NBCUniversal Domestic Television.

There’s no telling what he’ll play on Tuesday and Wednesday, but Connick says that he’s got hundreds of songs to choose from. “I’m one of those performers that kind of bases the performances off the people I’m playing in front of, so it’s not like we have a specific setlist. It’s really like a group effort with us and the audience, based on how the people are responding,” he said in comments leading up to the tour that celebrates a city he’s been making music in since he was five years old.

“There’s a wide variety of music that comes from New Orleans, and it’s an infinite source of inspiration for me. There’s so much history there. You could spend your whole life just studying the history of piano players from New Orleans, not to mention all the other instrumentalists and incredible styles that come from there.”

Tuesday & Wednesday, June 5-6, 8 p.m. $45 & up. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater. INFO

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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