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- Wednesday, August 22, 2012 • 7:30pm
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Location: Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
More than just a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer, and accomplished songwriter, Bonnie Raitt has become an institution in American music.
Born to a musical family, the nine-time Grammy winner, who Rolling Stone named one of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," is the daughter of celebrated Broadway singer John Raitt (Carousel, Oklahoma!, The Pajama Game) and accomplished pianist/singer Marge Goddard. She was raised in Los Angeles in a climate of respect for the arts, Quaker traditions, and a commitment to social activism. A Stella guitar given to her as a Christmas present launched Bonnie on her creative journey at the age of eight. While growing up, though passionate about music from the start, she never considered that it would play a greater role than as one of her many growing interests.
Bonnie Raitt's new album "Slipstream" features an eclectic mix of blues, rock and soul that even includes a dash of reggae and Celtic sounds. She covers Bob Dylan's "Million Miles" and "Standing in the Doorway" and Loudon Wainwright lll's "You Can't Fail Me Now" as well. "It's Just a new batch of great songs" Raitt said.
With Special Guest Mavis Staples!
"Mavis Staples is the most underrated diva of the century. She has an almost superhuman ability to implant the pure power of passion and emotion."
- Rolling Stone
With the groundbreaking family gospel group The Staple Singers ("I'll Take You There", "Respect Yourself") and on her own, Mavis is responsible for blazing a rhythm & blues trail while never relinquishing her gospel roots.
Rolling Stone named Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There" and "Respect Yourself" among Top 500 Songs of All Time.
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