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Love Is a Rose—Celebrating the Music of Torch Singer, Linda Ronstadt
August 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$22
7PM (doors at 6:30)
Paula Hanke and Peggy Ratusz both considered Linda Ronstadt a key influence upon their singing as well as a role model for strong women everywhere, so in 2013 when they heard she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease – and also learned that the singer had no intention of letting the affliction define her life, much less turn her into the object of public pity – they put decided to put together a tribute covering material spanning Ronstadt’s entire career, stretching back to the late ’60s. They’re calling it Love is a Rose, and the show is clearly a labor of love for the pair, who designed it as a two-set experience for the audience – greatest hits, fan favorites, and even unheralded B-sides. It’s part of Hanke and Ratusz’s Women Who Made Music History Concert Series.
In the band: Grant Cuthbertson on upright and electric bass, James Kylen on drums, Bob Bencze on keys and vocals, and James Vandenberg on acoustic and electric guitar and vocals.
Ratusz, of course, is a mainstay of the WNC music scene – specialty: jazz ‘n’ blues – who consistently lands on critical and public “best of” lists. Her 2014 production “Women in Blues History – 1920-Present” celebrated 20 female blues singers, earning kudos across the board, as did 2015’s “Love Letter: Bonnie Raitt Blues from Peggy Ratusz” and “Etta James: Muse of the Blues” (the latter another collaboration with Hanke).
Hanke, who left NYC for Asheville in 2006, is constantly in action as well, including the aforementioned Etta James concert, “Billie Holiday and Lester Young: A Musical Romance” and “A Night of Brazilian Jazz” featuring the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim. And she was also a featured vocalist on NPR themesmith BJ Leiderman’s recent CD, BJ, having already worked with Leiderman in his band.
Fittingly, then, the duo’s Women Who Made Music History Concert Series, LLC is poised for greatness, and the Ronstadt show will be a must-attend for any serious music fan.
Tickets: $22 / info 828-859-8322