2008 Blues Performance Guide: Saturday Evening, 8/2

Yesterday, we blogged about the Saturday, August 2 afternoon show. As we wrap up our Blues Performance Guide Series, I’m going to be writing about our Saturday evening show, which starts at 7:30pm in McCurdy Pavilion, the Fort’s
WWI-era balloon hangar.

Saturday night is our "Women in Blues & Gospel" show. There are still good
seats available, and you can purchase tickets online. Tickets for Saturday evening are $16 and remember–if you’re 18 and under, your seat is free!

Here’s who is playing on Saturday night…

Suzy Thompson is a Festival favorite, and specializes in
oldtime fiddle rags and blues songs. She is a dynamite singer, and is a virtuoso on the blues fiddle. She’ll be joined by some special friends during this set, but we’re going to keep them a secret until showtime!

Resa Gibbs, the primary vocalist with M.S.G., is
from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is known for her silky, soulful and
heartfelt sound. Resa sang background vocals on Gaye Adegbalola’s CD
Bitter Sweet Blues, and is a featured vocalist with the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation..

Alison Radcliffe has been singing all of her life.
She says, "Music is the embodiment of truth and spirituals are the
embodiment of music." Alison graced our stage last year for just a brief moment, but absolutely blew the audience away. We knew we had to have her back, and she’ll be performing with her partner Allen Holmes.

Eleanor Ellis is known for her tough Piedmont style picking and her  honest singing. According to one reviewer, "More than copying one artist or another, Ellis distills the elements of the originals and transmits them, intact, in her own expressive way.” We’re thrilled to have her with us in Port Townsend.

Shirley Smith has shared the stage with many of gospel
music’s most prolific artists, such as Cece Winans, Vickie Winans,
Yolanda Adams, Mark Kibble, Bruce Allen, and Fred Hammond. She is
currently the Minister of Music at The Potter’s House Christian
Fellowship in Jacksonville, Florida. Shirley will be leading the Shirley Smith Gospel Choir.

Purchase tickets online.

After the mainstage show ends, join us downtown and uptown Port Townsend for Blues in the Clubs.
$15 provides admission to all clubs, where you’ll hear the likes of the
Gallus Brothers, Cooke & Taborn, the Rev. Robert Jones, J-Dog
Paxton, and many many more. Get the complete list at our performance page.

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