Blues aficionados would take to the highway just about anywhere to catch a solo performance by either Eric Bibb or Ruthie Foster. But on at 8:00 PM Saturday, Feb. 27, Triad area residents get an opportunity to see both of these well-seasoned and highly successful musicians together, on the same stage, at the High Point Theatre.
Foster comes to High Point with a fresh, new Grammy nomination in hand, received for her most recent album, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster. Born into a family of gospel singers, she began her recording career in 1997 and his since produced six critically acclaimed albums. Hailed by Blues Review magazine as "a full-on blast of Soul and Blues," Foster has drawn comparisons to such legendary female artists as Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. Drawing on a wide range of inspirations, she delivers a sound with a strong Southern Blues groove, a rock & roll rhythm, a top note of gospel redemption and poetic country lyricism laid down in an elegantly jazzy voice.
Also hailing from a rich musical tradition, Bibb is the son of Leon Bibb, a successful performer in New York's musical theaters who also made a name for himself in that city's 1960s folk scene. His uncle was the world famous pianist and composer John Lewis, of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and other influences include family friends Pete Seeger and blues legend Odetta. Young Eric left the US for Paris in 1970, where he became a touring and recording star on the European Blues circuit. He cut his first album in 1972 and released his 23rd, Diamond Days, in 2007. Along the way Bibb's work has been honored with a Grammy nomination, as well as four W.C. Handy award nominations, and in 2008, he was nominated for Acoustic Artist of the Year in the Blues Music Awards.
The Blues rules as Ruthie Foster and her band create a full-on blast of raw musical emotion and soulful singing. Cool and collected, Eric Bibb is one of the Blues' great storytellers and troubadours. Critically acclaimed masters of their craft, each of them has earned accolades from Blues aficionados around the world...an exceptional, not-to-be missed double bill.
The Theater is located in the International Home Furnishings Center on the corner of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Streets, High Point, North Carolina. There's a 6:30 reception sponsored by YES! Weekly for ticketholders, that runs 'til a few minutes before the show. We're going to have appetizers, cake, beer, and wine!
Tickets: $25 Orchestra / $20 Balcony
Tickets are available at www.highpointtheatre.com.
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