Ruth Eckerd Hall presents two-time GRAMMY® nominee Mindi Abair live in the Kate Tiedemann and Ellen Cotton Cabaret Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The series kicks-off on Thursday, August 27 at 8 pm and continues on Saturday, August 29 at 8 pm and Sunday, August 30 at 8 pm. Reservations may only be made online at www.rutheckerdhall.com. Special guest Kyle Schroeder will open the show each night.
One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists, two-time GRAMMY® nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and sax prowess since her debut album, Always and Never the Same, was released in 1999. No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music. In 2014, Mindi Abair received her first GRAMMY® nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album, followed by a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo LP Wild Heart.
Many know her as the featured saxophonist on American Idol, sitting in with Paul Shaffer on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, or as the first solo saxophonist touring with Aerosmith since 1973. She has garnered twelve #1 radio hits in the jazz and blues world, two #1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album Chart and two #3 spots on the Billboard Blues Album Chart.
As creator, designer and owner, Mindi Abair and her husband, Eric Guerra successfully launched Reserve Tastings Wine Company in 2019 as a lifestyle concept that brings together the worlds of wine and music through members-only exclusive wines paired with personally curated music playlists, label art and branded wine and music festivals.
Saxophonist Kyle Schroeder hails from the Tampa Bay area and is a former student at the Hoffman School of the Arts. Currently a Senior at University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, Kyle has been captivating audiences with his live performances since 2013 and has performed with numerous artists including Ben Tankard, Four80 East, Two Friends and Eric Darius. Kyle has also had the opportunity to play large festivals including the Clearwater Jazz Holiday three times. Kyle is currently recording his debut album featuring Ben Tankard and other guest artists.
“Audiences say they really miss live music and want to come if the environment feels safe, which is our top priority,” said Susan Crockett, Ruth Eckerd Hall President & CEO. “Our guests for our first Cabaret series really enjoyed themselves and raved about the space. This time we’re jazzing it up with another friend of Ruth Eckerd Hall, the amazingly talented Mindi Abair.”
A table reservation is required. A table costs $120 which includes admission to the purchaser and up to three guests, a charcuterie tray and tableside service.
A limited amount of VIP tables will be available and priced at $240, which includes an up-front reserved table for four and a pre-show VIP experience that includes wine-tasting from Reserve Tastings Wine Company, Mindi Abair’s exclusive wine-membership, as well as a meet & greet photo opportunity with Mindi Abair. Food and Beverages will be available for purchase exclusively via tableside service. Single or standing admission is not available; tables are separated by a minimum of 6 feet. Advance purchase is highly recommended due to limited capacity. To make a reservation and for more information, please visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
Ruth Eckerd Hall will continue to follow state recommendations for re-opening Florida. The following protocols are currently in place:
Face masks are REQUIRED for entry into the facility. Face masks are available at the door upon request.
Our facility will be deep sanitized before your arrival.
Hand sanitizer stations are readily available. If you are in need of an attendant with cleaning supplies, please ask a staff member.
Please cooperate with all social distancing measures in place on the day of event.
If you suspect you are ill or reside with someone who is ill with flu-like symptoms, we ask you to exchange for a future show.
While we are committed to providing a clean and safe environment, it is impossible to eliminate all health risk in any location so please use discretion. Staff members will be available day of show to answer any questions or concerns. For more information, including social safety guidelines, please visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
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