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The return of Main Stage performances

Published: December 14, 2020

As you know, the pandemic has severely impacted the arts and entertainment industry. After months of preparing, we are excited to bring live entertainment back, at a limited capacity. This December, we reopened Ruth Eckerd Hall and The Nancy & David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre with a variety of classic rock, country, swing music, and so much more.

The first concert featured Geoff Tate, former lead singer of Queensryche. Tate arrived on December 7 to kick off his 30th Anniversary tour at Ruth Eckerd Hall!

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A big thank you to Rock at Night and Creative Loafing for attending the show.

"On a chilly evening, instead of a long queue for security, concertgoers were swiftly lead through a state-of-the-art security and temperature measuring device using XONAR Technology. Basically, it is like going through a metal detector device at the airport—quick, easy, and non-invasive. The device uses radio waves to detect weapons and uses thermal imaging sensors to detect elevated body temperature, a red flag for somebody coming down ill… REH invested in HVAC-PHI air purifiers to assist in eliminating viruses through oxidation and UV. The venue is still serving beverages but you can order them using a mobile app and safely pick it up at the counter, without the hassle of a long line. When I walked into the auditorium, people sat coupled but spread apart—and everybody was wearing a mask unless they were drinking a beverage. If people were just sitting and chatting without facial coverage, a security person would kindly remind the person to cover up. It was a magical evening of first class music and a great way to feel “normal” again in this strange new world.  If you get a chance to catch Geoff Tate on tour, go for it. Mask up. Stay safe. Enjoy!" - Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night

Music critic and photographer Chyrisse Tabone of Rock At Night attended the performance. You can read the full article here.

"We’re a little closer to getting full live music experiences back, and Ruth Eckerd Hall’s model is a good one to pay attention to. We’re so close, folks. Please continue wearing a mask."
- Josh Bradley, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay

The full review is available on their website.

On Wednesday, December 9, we welcomed back 38 Special for a social distanced concert at the Hall. Special guest The Greg Billings Band opened the show!

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Patrons enjoyed the arena-rock pop smashes "Hold on Loosely," "Rocking Into the Night," "Caught Up in You," "Fantasy Girl," "If I’d Been the One," "Back Where You Belong," "Chain Lightnin’," "Second Chance" and more. 

“Had such a good time at 38 Special.  Kudos to everyone who made that night possible.”
- Ruth Harvey, Patron

"My friend and I were so impressed with what Ruth Eckerd did for the concert. We've been telling everyone about it. I felt safer there than I do in my own apt. complex over the past 9 months. I kidded with her, "Do you think Ruth Eckerd would let me go live there?" Far better than where I live. It was fantastic. I could actually breathe better there with my asthma so whatever type of air that was was wonderful. A+"

- Linda Wheeler, Patron

Music critic and photographer Chyrisse Tabone of Rock At Night attended the performance. Read the full article here.

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To kick off the weekend and reopening the Nancy & David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, Classic Albums Live performed Fleetwood Mac's 11th studio album, Rumours, in its entirety. This was the first show at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre since March 12, 2020. The classic rock album recently gained a new resurgence during the pandemic, thanks to a TikTok video that went viral. In turn, this show brought a crowd of all ages to enjoy the sounds of Fleetwood Mac, played note for note, cut for cut, inside the intimate Bilheimer Capitol Theatre.

“It feels so good to be back at our favorite place.”
“We’re so thankful to have live music back in our lives”
- Ruth Eckerd Hall Members

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CMA and GRAMMY® Award-winning country artist, Travis Tritt returned to Clearwater on Saturday, December 12 for his first performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall since 2004. An up-close and personal event punctuated by personal stories and anecdotes about his life and musical influences. Along with performing some of his biggest hits, including “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive” and “Best of Intentions;” the Grand Ole Opry member brought his award-winning songs to life and left the audience with a truly memorable experience.

"Travis Tritt was amazing! Beautiful theater, it was my first time there."
- Lynsey Fitzpatrick, Patron

On Sunday, we swing! Contemporary swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy made their Ruth Eckerd Hall debut for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's Wild & Swingin' Holiday Party! Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has sold millions of records, had their music appear in hundreds of movies and television shows, and recently played their 3,000th concert! The band's notable singles include "Go Daddy-O", "You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)", and "Mr. Pinstripe Suit".

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"The mostly mature crowd was spaced apart and everybody—yes, everybody—was wearing a mask.  Another joy was to see the crowd tuck away their cell phones during the concert (a plus for the evening)."
- Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night

Music critic and photographer Chyrisse Tabone of Rock At Night attended the performance. Read the full article here.

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming performances. Please visit our Ticket and Events section for a complete list of events.


Our environmental team is using the latest EPA and CDC recommended protocols to sanitize the facility before you arrive and when you’re inside the theater enjoying your favorite artist, they will be outside disinfecting surfaces throughout the show.

For more information on our facility safety protocols, please click here.


Photo credit Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night