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DOUBLE FEATURE WEEK:

BETTYE LAVETTE

Bettye LaVette, voc
Alan Hill, keyb & g & voc
Brett Lucas, g & voc
James Simonson, b & voc
Daryll Pierce, dr & voc
 

Concerts:
Tue., March 24, 2015, 10.00 p.m.
Wed., March 25, 2015, 7.30 p.m.
Thu., March 26, 2015, 10.00 p.m.
Fri., March 27, 2015, 7.30 p.m.
Sat., March 28, 2015, 10.00 p.m.


COREY HARRIS

Corey Harris, g & voc

 
 

 

Concerts:
Tue., March 24, 2015, 7.30 p.m.
Wed., March 25, 2015, 10.00 p.m.
Thu., March 26, 2015, 7.30 p.m.
Fri., March 27, 2015, 10.00 p.m.
Sat., March 28, 2015, 7.30 p.m.


BETTYE LAVETTE

Bettye LaVette is one of the most soulful singers alive, a true „child of the blues“. Bettye cut her first record at 16 years old. This record, "My Man - He's A Lovin' Man," became a big soul hit. Soon, Bettye was on tour with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. LaVette recorded for many labels during the 60s and 70s. During this period, Bettye was appearing regularly in nightclubs across the country and on shows with many of the luminaries of soul. She performed in most of the top theatres including the famed Apollo in Manhattan. An album, "Child of the '70s",  was recorded, but complications arose and the album was shelved. This disappointment was a setback but Bettye would soon face a new challenge. An offer to star in a Broadway show was presented to her and she seized the opportunity. Bettye went into rehearsal for a leading role in the hit musical, "Bubbling Brown Sugar" opposite Cab Calloway. Great reviews were lavished on her and she stayed with the Broadway and touring companies for six years. Her recording career had been put on hold, but in 1979 she reluctantly recorded "Doin' The Best That I Can," during the disco craze. To her surprise, the record became a big seller, which was played in discos around the world and is now listed with the other great disco classics. When Diana Ross left Motown in 1982, the company offered Bettye LaVette a record contract. Steve Buckingham produced the critically acclaimed album "Tell Me A Lie." Bettye found plenty of work in Europe where American soul stars are revered. She was thrilled when the masters of "Child of the 70s" were found, re-mastered and released in 2000 as "Souvenirs" by a French record company, Arts & Soul. It included the classic "Your Turn to Cry" which is a highly requested song in her repertoire and a favorite among her fans. In 2006, she received a well-deserved “Pioneer Award” from The Rhythm and Blues Foundation and in 2008, she received a BMA (Blues Music Award) for “Best Contemporary Female Blues Singer”. European critics often compare her to Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin, but Bettye has her own individual sound. Her voice can be soft, romantic, brash, swooping, squalling, even abrasive, but she is always the one and only, "Bettye LaVette." On stage, she works as hard as Tina did when she was with Ike. Engagements are pouring in and Miss LaVette is loving it all. Don't miss her if she comes to your town or country. You'll never forget her!


COREY HARRIS

Corey Harris was born in Denver, Colorado. He is a powerful singer, guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. He began his career as a New Orleans street singer, travelling throughout the southern U.S. In his early twenties he lived in Cameroon, West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work. He has recorded many old songs of the blues tradition while also creating an original vision of the blues by adding influences from reggae, soul, rock and West African music. His 1995 recording, “Between Midnight and Day”, is a tribute to the tradition of acoustic blues. Subsequent recordings, such as “Greens From the Garden” (1999), “Mississippi to Mali” (2003), and “Daily Bread” (2005) show Harris’ maturation from interpreter to songwriter. Some of his imaginative compositions are marked by a deliberate eclecticism; other works stay true to the traditional blues formula of compelling vocals and down-home guitar. With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, Harris is a truly unique voice in contemporary music. He has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Henry Butler, R.L.Burnside, John Jackson, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Mattews Band, Tracy Chapman, Olu Dara, Wilco, Natalie Merchant, and others. His additional recordings include “Fish Ain’t Bitin’” (1996), “Vu-Du Menz” (with Henry Butler, 2000), “Downhome Sophisticate” (2002), “Zion Crossroads “(2007), “Blu Black” (2009 ), “DC Blues” (2010), “Father Sun-Mother Earth” (2011), “Fulton Blues” (2013), “True Blues” (with Taj Mahal, Shemekia Copeland, Guy Davis, Alvin Hart and Phil Wiggins (2013). In 2003 Harris was a featured artist and narrator of the Martin Scorcese film, “Feel Like Going Home,” which traced the evolution of blues from West Africa to the southern U.S. In 2007, he was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship – commonly referred to as a “genius award” – from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The annual grant, which recognizes individuals from a wide range of disciplines who show creativity, originality and commitment to continued innovative work, described Harris as an artist who “forges an adventurous path marked by deliberate eclecticism.” That same year, he was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine.

Concerts

Tue. 24th - Sat. 28th March 2015

1st Concert 7:30 p.m.
(Doors 7:00 p.m.)

2nd concert 10:00 p.m.
(Doors 9:30 p.m.)

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