Martin, Brickell play St. Petersburg

May 23, 2013 

Steve Martin is better known for comedy, and Edie Brickell is probably better known for being Paul Simon's wife. But when they come to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg it'll be all about the music.

Brickell was wildly but briefly popular in the late 1980s with her band New Bohemians. Their album "Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars" was on everybody list of the best albums of the year, and the single "What I Am" was one of the year's biggest hits.

Her music career has continued but has been much more low-key.

Martin, of course, has been one of the biggest stars of television and films for decades. He often uses his formidable banjo skills as an adjunct to his comedy and has performed on the side with his five-piece band, the Steep Canyon Rangers.

This year, Martin and Brickell teamed up for "Love has Come for You," a highly acclaimed bluegrass album. Critics have praised Martin's playing and his composing, and many have raved about Brickell's lyrics.

The music will be at the forefront, but don't expect Martin to be deadpan. He's an entertainer, and there's no doubt there'll be some big laughs between the tunes.

Unfortunately, the show is sold out, which should surprise no one.

Details: 7:30 p.m. May 23, Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets: Sold out. Information: 727-892-5798 or

-- Marty Clear

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