Date:   10/9/2010

Maria Muldaur and her Red Hot Bluesiana Band coming to Thrasher

Maria Muldaur and her Red Hot Bluesiana Band will be performing at the historic Thrasher Opera House in downtown Green Lake on Saturday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. Muldaur’s musical style defies definition. She’s conquered jazz, blues, country, folk, gospel and rock, while shaking the tambourine with Jerry Garcia and blending vocals with Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Aaron Neville, Dr. John and Charles Brown.

Although best known for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis” and the follow-up, the iconic anthem “I’m A Woman”; pop success aside, her 47 year career is best described as a long and rambling odyssey through various forms of American roots music.

In her teen years, she was part of the folk revival of the early sixties, and she grew up exploring and singing early blues, bluegrass, and Appalachian old-timey music. Maria began her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band, and shortly afterwards joined the popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, recording five albums with them and touring the United States and Canada from coast to coast.

Her first self-titled major label solo album, Maria Muldaur (1974), contained the unique and unusual chart topper, “Midnight at the Oasis,” garnered her several Grammy nominations and enshrined her forever in the hearts of baby boomers everywhere. And in the 35 years since then, Maria has recorded 35 solo albums covering all genres of music, from blues to jazz to big band to gospel — and several acclaimed children’s albums. Since the early 90’s she has comfortably settled into her favorite idiom, the blues.

This special performance is supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Hospitality provided by the Heidel House Resort & Spa.

Tickets to see Maria and her Red Hot Bluesiana Band are $25 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick ‘n Save & Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling 920-294-4279. On-line ticket sales are also now available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com. 

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