Date:   4/19/2008

Eric Bibb returns!

World-renowned blues artist, Eric Bibb, returns to the historic Thrasher Opera House on Saturday, April 19 for a 7:30 p.m. performance.  Bibb is not new to Green Lake.  Quite the contrary.  From the very first time he graced our stage in 2001 he endeared himself to the audience as no other performer has.  Consequently, he has become one of our most requested artists and a very dear friend to Thrasher.  

 

Eric was born into a musical family.  He’s the son of 60’s folk and musical theatre legend Leon Bibb, and nephew to the world-famous jazz pianist/composer John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet.  Family friends include Pete Seeger, Odette and actor/singer/activist Paul Robeson, Eric’s godfather. 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. As one critic wrote “Eric’s singing and versatile guitar playing fuses a variety of genres to become a New World Blues”. 

 

With more than 14 albums and a DVD already to his credit, Eric’s latest effort on Telarc label is Get Onboard, a 12-track set that features guest appearances by guitarist/songwriter Bonnie Raitt and blues/folk/gospel singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee (with post-production work done in Stockholm, Sweden) in the spring and summer of 2007, Get Onboard is “without a doubt, one of the most exciting projects of my career,” says Bibb. “It is a further exploration into the place where blues meets gospel and soul.”

 

A performance by Eric Bibb is a treat, in and of itself – but to make the evening even more memorable is to begin with dinner at Heidel House’s Grey Rock Restaurant.  A special dinner package is available for Thrasher concert patrons only, beginning with a wonderful three-course dinner consisting of either soup or salad, choice of any menu entrée, and dessert; with coffee, tea, or soda, and tax, all included.  Price for concertgoers is $25 and reservations can be made by calling the Heidel House directly at 920-294-3344.   

 

Tickets for Eric Bibb’s much-anticipated return concert, sponsored by Kindred Hearts Senior Living are only $25 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.  Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com. 

 

 

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