Look to the Stonington Farmers Market website for news about our vendor the Stonington Opera House events all year round. Opera House Arts is honored to present blues legend Francine Reed with her band in the intimacy of its intimate, 250-seat historic home, the 1912 Stonington Opera House on Friday, October 12 at 7 pm. This is a rare chance to see Reed—who has performed with the Lyle Lovett Large Band, Etta James, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, and more—in a small setting for a low cost ticket. The concert was booked in conjunction with an appearance by Reed at Bates College.
“The blues can be defined in a limitless number of ways,” Reed says in her bio, “but it will forever be the soul’s measurement of self-expression and self-healing.”
Reed grew up in Chicago singing church music, and her music was inspired and influenced by her gospel-singing father. After recording with the Lyle Lovett Large Band, Roy Orbison, and others in the late 1980s, she released her first solo recording, I Want You to Love Me, in 1990. She is the recipient of numerous Blue Music Awards and nominations, and in 1997 was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. She is best known for her performances of the 1924 Ida Cox classic, “Wild Women (Don’t Get the Blues).” Bonnie Raitt recently proclaimed her “a national treasure.”
Advance general admission tickets for this one night only special event are $20 at http://www.operahousearts.org, with a small number of reserved premium seating tickets available at $25. Tickets are also available by calling the Opera House Arts’ Box Office at 207-367-2788.