For immediate release:
Sista Monica Parker to Join
Headliner Ruth Brown
for the LuckmanÂs
Annual Winter Blues Concert
ÂItÂs a Âgood day for the BluesÂ anytime that you can sing the Blues out of just caring about the music rather than having to experience the Blues.Â Â Ruth Brown
Winter Blues with Ruth Brown, Sista Monica Parker
Saturday, March 4, 2006, 8:00 p.m.
Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
$50/$45/$40. Available through the Luckman Box Office: (323) 343-6600,
or Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.com.
The University Club will be open for dinner, drinks, and appetizers, 5:30-7:45 p.m. (Reservations are recommended, and may be made through the Box Office.)
LOS ANGELES Â Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ruth Brown will headline the upcoming annual Luckman Fine Arts Complex Winter Blues show. Brown is a GrammyÂ®, Tony and W.C. Handy Award winner whose long career began with a string of chart toppers for Atlantic Records in the 1950s. Joining Ruth Brown on the program will be Sista Monica Parker whose recent Can't Keep a Good Woman Down! CD has garnered a Blues Music Award nomination for ÂBest Soul Blues Female Artist.Â Winter Blues will take place at the Luckman Theatre, Cal State L.A. on Saturday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m.
According to Ruth BrownÂs bio, she was Âthe first rhythm-and-blues singerÂ-every black woman before her was either a jazz, blues or gospel vocalist.Â Brown added the element of rhythm, and throughout the 1950s, hit the charts with million-sellers including ÂMama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean,Â Â5-10-15 Hours,Â ÂTeardrops From My EyesÂ and ÂSo Long.Â Since the early 1980s, Brown has experienced a career renaissance, including a Broadway role in Black and Blue, for which she won a Tony. Her latest CD, ItÂs a Good Day for the Blues, retells her dramatic life story through poignant song lyrics.
Opening the program will be Bay Area singer/songwriter Sista Monica Parker. Her new CD has received rave reviews from Blues Revue, Downbeat, All Music, and dozens of Blues societies, as well as a Blues Music (formerly W.C. Handy) Awards nomination. In addition to 11 tracks co-written by Parker and Danny ÂB,Â her producer and piano/organ player, two additional songs on the album include covers of songs by Willie Nelson and Sam Cooke.
The Luckman Fine Arts Complex enjoys a reputation for presenting top-quality jazz and Blues programming in a state-of-the art concert setting. A schedule of upcoming performances is available at www.luckmanarts.org.
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