Scheduled to perform at the Largo Arts Center. The Smithereens photo by Neil Seiffer

Largo Performing Arts Center

Announces 2019-20 Schedule 

Largo Performing Arts Center now has tickets on sale for the exciting new programs that are scheduled for the 2019-20 season at The Central Park Performing Arts Center (CPPAC) in Largo. The complete season will span 10 months and feature more than 40 artists, who will offer a diverse and exciting array of performances, including theatre, dance, the Children’s Educational Series, jazz, comedy, country, pop and rock music.  

The new season for the Largo Art Performing Art Center begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, with a performance by The Smithereens featuring guest vocalist Marshall Crenshaw. The Smithereens are an American rock band from Carteret, New Jersey. The band is perhaps best known for a string of modest hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The band’s name comes from a Yosemite Sam catchphrase, “Varmint, I’m a-gonna blow you to smithereens!”  

The Smithereens are known for writing and playing catchy 1960s-influenced power pop. Thvan e group gained publicity when the single “Blood and Roses” from its first album was included on the soundtrack for Dangerously Close, and the music video got moderate rotation on MTV. “Blood and Roses” was also featured on the TV show Miami Vice during the 1987 episode “The Savage.” 

Artimus-Pyle-Band-Preforming at Largo Arts

The next scheduled August performance will be by the Artimus Pyle Band on Friday, Aug. 23. Artimus Pyle is one of the members of the Leonard Skynyrd Band who survived the 1977 plane crash that killed many of the band’s members.  Artimus initially played alongside, and then replaced, original drummer Bob Burns.

Both Pyle and Burns performed with the current version of Lynyrd Skynyrd following the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. His band now plays classic southern rock honoring the music of Ronnie Van Zant’s Lynyrd Skynyrd. 

Performances scheduled for September include BoDeans on September 15, Billy Cobham featuring Randy Brecker on September 21 and ZOSO – Led Zeppelin Tribute on September 28. A complete list of scheduled performances is available at

Tickets are available for the Largo Performing arts centersale are available at and through the CPPAC Box Office. Call (727)-587-6793 or stop by the box office at 105 Central Park Drive to purchase your tickets for any of CPPAC 2019-20 season shows. Text CPPAC to 55678 to receive exclusive event updates, announcements and ticketing offers including pre-sale access and discounts.  For last year’s performances at CPPAC visit here.

Content supplied by Jackie McCallum Photos supplied by Preforming Artist. Feature image of The Smithereens. Photo by Neil Seiffer.