Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Wed, Apr 27 2022 at 8:00 PM @ Bilheimer Capitol Theatre
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn return to The Nancy & David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre. Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, “the king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine), have a musical partnership like no other. Béla Fleck is a fifteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds.
Fleck has the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots. His collaborations range from his ground-breaking standard-setting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones to a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments. From writing concertos for full symphony orchestra, exploring the banjo’s African roots, to jazz duos with Chick Corea, many tout that Béla Fleck is the world’s premier banjo player.
Washburn has the early sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter who has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums. She has done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production and has contributed to singular side groups Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force. In addition to being named a TED Fellow in 2012, Abigail was recently named the first U.S.-China Fellow at Vanderbilt University, in addition to Carolina Performing Arts/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation DisTil Fellow for 2018-2020.
On stage, Fleck & Washburn will perform pieces from their GRAMMY®-winning self-titled debut as well as their latest album release, Echo in the Valley. With one eye on using the banjo to showcase America’s rich heritage and the other pulling the noble instrument from its most familiar arena into new and unique realms, Béla & Abigail meet the mean, head-on, to present music that feels wildly innovative and familiar at the same time. Whether at home, on stage or on record, their deep bond, combined with the way their distinct musical personalities and banjo styles interact, makes theirs a picking partnership unlike any other on the planet.
Tickets are $37.50, $49.50, $59.50, and $74.50.
Performance is at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Downtown Clearwater.
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The Bilheimer Capitol Theatre has joined with the renowned Clear Sky on Cleveland to offer a delicious premium dining and entertainment experience. View Menu
Bilheimer Capitol Theatre Private Luxury Boxes
Experience the elegance and privacy of one of our exclusive Bilheimer Capitol Theatre Luxury Boxes.
Amenities include a private box for four with a unique perspective of the stage in the beautifully restored Bilheimer Capitol Theatre. Luxury boxes include complimentary wine, champagne, soft drinks and snacks. Convenient valet parking is also included.
A limited number of Private Luxury Boxes are available for single event purchase by calling Adam at 727-712-2717 or email him at email@example.com for more information. Full season boxes are also available to purchase.
Each box consists of (4) seats. When purchasing, you must purchase all 4 seats. One valet parking pass per box.
The Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre has partnered with the renowned Clear Sky on Cleveland to offer a delicious premium dining and entertainment experience! Dinner packages include a premium event ticket plus convenient pre-show fine dining. Clear Sky on Cleveland is located directly across the street from the Bilheimer Capitol and remains open until 11pm.
(Please note: kitchen closes at 10pm).
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Please call the restaurant 24-48 hours in advance to make a reservation 727-754-7244
A variety of restaurants are located within walking distance to the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre.
Visit the downtown Clearwater website for more information.
Frenchy’s Rooftop Terrace Lounge
Arrive early and enjoy Frenchy’s Rooftop Terrace Lounge, on top of the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, with gorgeous views of Downtown Clearwater and Clearwater Beach.
Liquor, beer, water and soft drinks available.*
*The Frenchy’s Rooftop Terrace Lounge is open for select Bilheimer Capitol Theatre shows, weather permitting.
A variety of draft and canned beers and a full liquor bar available.
Main concessions include popcorn, pretzels, assorted chips, assorted candy and soft drinks.
Members enjoy the private Ray and Geri Trautlein Dress Circle Lounge with exclusive access to delicious hors d’oeuvres, a full liquor bar and access to a private balcony with a gorgeous view of downtown Clearwater and Clearwater Beach.
Become a member today!
Parking & Directions
Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre
405 Cleveland St
Clearwater, FL 33755
The Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre is located at the corner of Cleveland St and Osceola Ave in Downtown Clearwater. Parking is available, free of charge at the City Hall parking lot, The Harborview Center (event permitting) and all City street parking lots and meters after business hours and all day on weekends. Valet parking is offered directly in front of the Capitol Theatre for a fee.
From St. Petersburg – Head north on I-275 towards Roosevelt Blvd (SR 686); head west and follow signs to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. Cross the Bayside Bridge. Take the Gulf to Bay Blvd exit (SR 60). Use the left 2 lanes to turn left (west) onto Gulf to Bay Blvd (SR 60), towards Clearwater/Clearwater Beach. Gulf to Bay Blvd turns into Court St. Turn right onto Ft. Harrison Ave (heading south). Turn left (heading west) onto Cleveland St. The Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre will be located on your left hand side, at the corner of Cleveland St and Osceola Ave.
From Tampa – Head west on the Courtney Campbell Causeway (SR 60) towards Clearwater Beach. Continue on Gulf to Bay Blvd (SR 60), towards Clearwater/Clearwater Beach. Gulf to Bay Blvd turns into Court St. Turn right onto Ft. Harrison Ave (heading south). Turn left (heading west) onto Cleveland St. The Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre will be located on your left hand side, at the corner of Cleveland St and Osceola Ave.
From Tarpon Springs/Palm Harbor – Drive south on East Lake Rd (SR 611). East Lake Rd becomes McMullen Booth Rd. Turn right (west) onto Gulf to Bay Blvd (SR 60). Gulf to Bay Blvd turns into Court St. Turn right onto Ft. Harrison Ave (heading south). Turn left (heading west) onto Cleveland St. The Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre will be located on your left hand side, at the corner of Cleveland St and Osceola Ave.
Ruth Eckerd Hall is committed to providing an accessible building and pleasurable performance experience to every member of our audience and staff.
Special accommodations (ie. aisle seats, ramp access, space for a service dog, etc.) should be requested at time of purchase. Wheelchair locations with companion seats are available for all performances. Limited availability. Please order early.
Accessible Parking & Entry
On the Ruth Eckerd Hall campus, disabled parking places are located around the facility on a first come - first served basis. They are clearly marked; for additional assistance, please ask a parking lot attendant for direction. There are designated drop-off points at each entrance for easy access to the lobbies.
At the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, the City of Clearwater provides public parking on the street and in local lots in the area. Patrons are welcome to use valet service when available at 50% off by presenting their disabled parking permit.
Elevators are available at the ground level accessing the Ruth Eckerd Hall upper lobbies, the Margarete Heye Great Room, the Dimmitt Atrium Lounge, the Hoffman Dress Circle Room and the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts. The Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre elevator is located on the west side of the building.
Sign Language Interpretation
If you require a sign language interpreter, please submit a written request to the Patron Services Manager at least four (4) weeks prior to the event date. Mail requests to: Patron Services Manager, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL 33759. For more information, call Patron Services at 727.712.2707.
Hearing Assistance System
Patrons with a hearing disability may enjoy use of our state-of-the-art infrared Assistive Listening Device system free of charge. Listeners use a compact, portable receiver and earphones to hear clearly and easily from anywhere in the seating area. Please note, you will need to leave a driver's license or a credit card until the listening device is returned. Please speak to an usher at the Information Station to request an Assistive Listening Device.
Accessible restrooms are located near all event spaces, classrooms and administrative offices.
For more information or to schedule a tour of the facility, please call Patron Services at 727.791.7060 ext 4104.