Bobby McFerrin will headline the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries' annual fundraising gala next year, performing at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at the Sheldon.
McFerrin (pictured) is best known for his hit song "Don't Worry, Be Happy," but also has a long history as an improvising vocalist, cutting his first sides with Pharoah Sanders and Grover Washington Jr. and going on to record and perform with Charles Lloyd, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, and many other well-known jazz musicians.
In addition to his work in pop and jazz, the 10-time Grammy Award winner's career also has included forays into classical music, gospel, reggae and various other genres. His performance at The Sheldon will feature his new project, SpiritYouAll, which according the press materials pays homage to his father, opera singer Robert McFerrin, Sr, and the tradition of the songs "commonly known as Negro Spirituals."
(McFerrin Sr., the first African-American male singer to perform at the Met in New York City, lived in St. Louis for many years and performed several times at The Sheldon, including once with Bobby and his sister Brenda in a special benefit concert appearance in 1987.)
Tickets for The Sheldon's 2013 gala start at $500, and include a pre-concert dinner, preferred seating, complimentary valet parking and a tax deduction. They are on sale now and can be purchased by calling The Sheldon at 314-533-9900. Single tickets for the concert only will be priced at $50 orchestra, $45 balcony, and will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 13 via MetroTix.