Crosby: A legend plays The Lyric

Friday, October 7, 2016

St. Lucie Voice, 10-7-16
By Shelley Koppel
Staff writer

The Lyric Theatre is still adding to its season and the first new act is a legend.

Singer-songwriter David Crosby, a founding member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, will celebrate his latest album, “Lighthouse,” Nov. 22 with a few of his friends, Michael League, Becca Stevens and Michelle Willis, at the Stuart venue. The double Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will perform songs from the album, as well as some of his biggest hits, including “Music is Love” and “Eight Miles High.”

“The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley,” on Dec. 27, takes the popular series by Jeff Brown and turns it into a musical. This Lyric/Riverside Theatrical production, written by Timothy McDonald, follows the 10-year-old as he wakes up to discover he is completely flat. With charming songs, Stanley travels the world, seeking a solution to his problem.

If you have a Pink Floyd fan in the family, give them the Christmas gift of the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular Jan. 12. Now in its 30th year, this is the world’s longest touring laser show. It uses wide-screen projections, high-powered lasers and amazing special effects as a backdrop to the best of Pink Floyd, including “Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall.”

Gaelic Storm returns to the Lyric Feb. 19. The group was founded in 1996, when Patrick Murphy, Steve Wehmeyer, Steve Twigger and Brian Walsh met at O’Brien’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Santa Monica, California, and decided to try an experiment, bringing Scottish, Irish and pop music together. Their performances caught the attention of director James Cameron, who asked them to perform in the ship steerage party scene in his hit movie, “Titanic.” Since then, they have added several musicians and have recorded 10 albums, as well as performed nearly 3,000 shows.

The sultry Serbian, Ana Popovic, returns to the Lyric April 6. The award-winning blues guitarist combines electric funk, slide guitar, jazz instrumentals, a blues groove and soulful vocals, all in a masterful stage presence.

Born in Belgrade, Popovic started playing the guitar at 15. In 1999, she formed the Ana Popovic Band and by 2009, her albums, “Still Making History” and “Blind for Love” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Blues chart.

Popovic was the only female guitar player invited to the all-star “Experience Hendrix” tour celebrating the music of Jimi Hendrix, and in May 2016 she released “Trilogy,” 23 blues, jazz and funk tunes on three CDs. It has made it to the top five best-selling blues albums.

The Lyric adds shows throughout the season and it’s always a good idea to check the website, or look here, for the latest news.

The Lyric Theatre is located at 59 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart. For ticket information, call the box office at 772-286-7827 or visit the website