Date:   10/18/2003

Blues Master- Eric Bibb returns to Thrasher

We are so pleased to have Eric Bibb return to the historic Thrasher Opera House on Saturday October 18, at 7:30 p.m.  Bibb is not new to Green Lake.  Quite the contrary.  From the very first time Bibb graced our stage in 2001 he endeared himself to the audience like no other performer has.  Consequently, he has become one of our most requested artists. Last year’s performance was a quick sell-out and this one is sure to be as well, especially since Bibb will be highlighting songs from his two new CD’s released since his last visit here.

 

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”.  

 

Eric has released 5 albums over the past 6 years each showing a different aspect of Eric’s wide-ranging musical influences from spiritual to classic covers.   His talent for performing and songwriting has not gone unnoticed either, as Bibb has been recognized with a Grammy Nomination and 4 W.C. Handy nominations.  His songs have been featured on TV shows such as BBC TV’s ‘Eastenders’ and ‘Casualty’ and ‘The District’ in the USA.  His latest CD, “Natural Light”, (January 2003), features a splendid variety of roots music aspects, including folk, blues, country and jazz with a message being one of personal experience, awareness and appreciation of life.  For more information about this unique performer, visit www.ericbibb.com.  

 

A special Concert/Dinner Package has been arranged with Heidel House restaurant for this event for the very exceptional price of $42.  For details call the office at 294-4279.  Tickets for the concert alone are $20 and are now available ON-LINE at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.  They can also be purchased at the Opera House office (located next to the Opera House), Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank, Bull Moose Mercantile (Princeton), and Ripon Drug, or by calling 920-294-4279.

 

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