Date:   1/2/2005

Eric Bibb & Ruthie Foster bring soulful blues to Thrasher

Thrasher is excited to have Grammy-nominated blues performer, Eric Bibb, make a return visit to stage on Friday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m., only this time, bringing along rising soulful blues phenomenon; Ruthie Foster.  

 

Bibb is not new to Green Lake.  Quite the contrary.  From the very first time he graced our stage in 2001, it became evident that his connection to the audience was as sincere as his music.  Consequently, he has become one of our most requested artists.  By Bibb’s own recommendation during his 2003 visit to Thrasher, Executive Director, Roby Irvin, looked into the possibility of a double booking with Ms. Foster, and was delighted to find out that the collaboration was possible.  

 

Eric, son of 60’s folk and musical theatre legend Leon Bibb, was born into a musical family.  Growing up surrounded by talent Eric recalls a childhood conversation with Bob Dylan, who, on the subject of guitar playing advised the 11-year-old to “Keep it simple, forget all that fancy stuff.”

 

A performance by Eric Bibb is an enriching experience both spiritually and musically.  His music embraces the timeless sounds of southern folk and gospel melding a traditional rootsy American style with a subtle contemporary sound. “A voice to die for,” writes The Times.  His latest CD, Friends is a unique musical collaboration with a worldwide diversity of musical influences - 15 tracks featuring Eric duetting with friends and musicians he has met on his travels such as Taj Mahal, Odetta, Charlie Musselwhite, Guy Davis and Ruthie Foster, among others. 

 

Ms. Foster’s songs are a remarkable hybrid of blues, gospel, roots and folk music rich with honest spirituality and emotion. Her passionate songs and scintillating live performances attract both the young and old for an uplifting experience of dancing, listening, laughing and even some crying; especially when Ruthie rounds out the joyous occasion with her versions of show-stopping gospel standards.  Often compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin, Foster’s breakthrough CD, 'Runaway Soul', released in the summer of 2002, was at the top of numerous Best of 2002 critic’s and airplay lists. 

 

2003 was a great year for Ruthie which included an exciting appearance on the Austin City Limits television show - first introducing a nationwide audience to her unique and soulful sound.  In addition, her successful summer tour of the Canadian folk festival circuit can only be described as triumphant, with Ruthie breaking Ani DiFranco's one-day sales record at the Vancouver Folk Festival.

Wallenfang Custom Woodwork, Heidel House and Irvin & Co. are generously sponsoring this special double-billed concert.  Tickets are only $20 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank and Ripon Drug or by calling 920-294-4279.  Also available online at www.thrasheroperahouse.com. 

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