Arts & Music
Steve Martin brings his banjo to St. Petersburg for May concert
No joke, Steve Martin is heading to St. Petersburg with his banjo and his band. The legendary comedian and actor, now also one of the most-respected performers in bluegrass music, will play the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg with The Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell on May 23. The concert will feature songs from Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers' Grammy-nominated 2011 album "Rare Bird Alert," as well as music from Martin's and Brickell's new collaboration, "Love Has Come For You," set to be released April 23. Tickets, ranging from $59.50 to $139, go on sale Feb. 1 at TheMahaffey.com, by phone at (727) 893-7832, or by visiting the theater's box office at 400 First St. South in St Petersburg.Don't expect a standup comedy show – Martin's concert tours over the last few years have been serious, musical affairs, though his official website does describe the tour as a "unique hybrid of music and comedy." The tour kicks off May 22 in Fort Myers. It will be Martin's first tour with Brickell, who scored a hit in 1989 with "What I Am." Produced by Peter Asher (James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Linda Ronstadt), "Love Has Come For You" features Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding on bass, veteran studio guitarist Waddy Wachtel, and Nickel Creek alumni Sara and Sean Watkins.