Tampa Bay soul star Latimore pays tribute to Ray Charles at all-star Saturday concert

The Florida Blues band plays backup at Palladium Theater.

click to enlarge Tampa Bay soul star Latimore pays tribute to Ray Charles at all-star Saturday concert
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Latimore is Tampa Bay soul music royalty, but it’s rare to see his name on a hometown bill. He makes his way to the local stage on Saturday, however, where he’ll be backed by “The St. Pete Florida Blues Band,” which was born when Roy Peter Clark crusaded for the Sunshine City to proclaim February 15 “Ray Charles Day.”

The blues band’s lineup — Clark and the Palladium Theater’s Paul Wilborn on keys, NPR critic Eric Deggans on drums, vocalist Lillian Dunlap, plus guitarists J.J. Pattishall and Dave Scheiber — is kind of a who’s who of local media and music scene personalities, so don’t be surprised to be left out of the show if you don’t cop tickets ahead of time.

Latimore. Sat. Aug. 17. 8 p.m. $18-$35. Hough Hall at Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. mypalladium.org.

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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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