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March 4: Marcia Ball Band

Performance will be at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub.

2017-03-06
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 2-1-2017

MANKATO, Minn. – Marcia Ball (pictured) will performs with her band on Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m. at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Avenue (Madison East Center), Mankato.

The concert event is co-sponsored by KMSU-The Maverick and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball is touring in support of her latest Alligator Records CD, "THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN." Ball has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls onto the stage.

Ball's groove-laden New Orleans R&B, heart-wrenching ballads and driving Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite of music fans everywhere. Her music mixes equal parts simmering soul fervor and rollicking Crescent City piano. "THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN" is her sixth release for Alligator.

Ball has five Grammy Award nominations. She received the 2014 Blues Music Award (BMA) for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year. She has now won a total of 10 BMAs and has received a whopping 44 nominations. Ball received a 2015 Living Blues Readers' Poll Award for Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) and now holds nine Living Blues Awards in all. She was inducted into the Gulf Coast Hall of Fame in 2010 and into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2012.

The New York Times says, "Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time."

Living Blues declares, "Her originals sound like timeless classics and southern soul masterpieces that no one else can imitate."

Of the new album, Ball says, "I don't make a record until I have something to say, stories to tell, …… I try to make records that are true to me," she continues, "and this one couldn't be truer."

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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