Tampa Theatre announces SHAWN BROWN: A MAN WITH A PURPOSE A Celebration and Appreciation


Tampa Theatre is  proud to announce SHAWN BROWN: A MAN WITH A PURPOSE A Celebration  and  Appreciation set to take place on the Theatre’s historic stage at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 8th (doors open at 6:45 p.m.) Join us as several performers come together on stage to celebrate Shawn Brown as he launches his very own charity, The Shawn Brown Foundation.  The celebration will include performances by Sound Parlor and Christina Pepin, The Black Honkies with special guest performer Theo Valentin who will be opening for the headlining band of the evening, The Family Stone!

Tickets are $103.50, $78.50, and $38.50 plus applicable fees and will go on sale this Friday, September 4th at Noon, available at the Tampa Theatre box office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street, online at www.TampaTheatre.org.


The Black Honkeys – The band first hit the stage in August of 2000. Guitarist, Joe Sanders, and Phil Esposito sat down and started talking about the project. Joe was big into the J. Geils Band, Hendrix and the Stones. While Phil loved that too, he also had a love for the old Motown and R&B of the 60’s and 70’s. It was a good fit. Nobody in the scene was doing anything like it at the time, so it was a wide open playing field. They both had worked together in another long standing Tampa Bay act called, “Freaks Rule,” and knew they could put something together. Joe was playing with bass player, Wil “The Thrill” Harris, at the time. So that was a natural fit. There were two different drummers named Mike that we were playing with us. Mike Hammer was one of them; however, he was always busy with another band. So the other Mike took over. We started rehearsing in September of the same year and did our first show at Club More in Clearwater on New Year’s Eve of 2001.

The Family Stone – The Family Stone consists of funk-soul icons from Sly and the Family Stone, a legendary band that defied pop culture with their racially mixed lineup. During their prime the group played a pivotal role in the music of the ’60s and ’70s with their expansive collection of hits, which included three No. 1 albums and three No. 1’s on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. Embodying the sound that defined an era of radical social change, Sly and the Family Stone influenced other iconic acts like Michael Jackson and The Temptations and were heard by hundreds of thousands of fans in attendance at the monumental Woodstock festival in 1969. Today the band includes original founding members and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Jerry Martini, Cynthia Robinson, and Gregg Errico. The Family Stone carry on the legacy of Sly and the Family Stone when they take ticket buyers higher and higher on their hit-filled tours.

About Shawn Brown – Shawn Brown moved from Baltimore to Tampa with his father in 1980. From those teen years he rose to become known as one of the top Hammond organ players in the jazz community, and was featured in the 2013 documentary Killer B3. Brown is also known for helping young musicians come out of their shell by giving them time to showcase their talent during his shows.  Brown has regaled Tampa Bay audiences for more than four decades while sharing the spotlight with rising talent at club gigs, concerts, special events and wedding receptions.

Theo Valentin – Theo is the personality and fire of any show.  She enjoys entertaining and draws the audience into the fun and excitedment demonstrated on stage. Her blues and heart wrenching ballads are what her audiences request most, while her jazz sets are that of a “Great Songstress”.  Theo has been an extraordinary performer her whole life, and it is obvious to all who have seen her perform that Theo is unconditionally just that….ExtraOrdinary!

Sound Parlor –  Danny Scordato and Alex Merrill are two young men that Shawn Brown mentored as young musicians and now on their way to super stardom!

Christina Pepin – A rising star, Christina will be performing a song that Sound Parlor wrote for her. She has previously opened for Shawn Brown during a concert with Eric Darius and BK Jackson.

All profits from this special evening will go towards The Shawn Brown Foundation.


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