Thursday, October 9, 2008

Blues, Barbecue and Decatur

From the northern end of Alabama, Decatur sends an invite for blues, barbecue and whatnot:

Decatur's Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Artspresents a special event BLUES & BBQ starring Michelle Malone on Thursday,Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in celebration of its 25th Anniversary Season.

The event features the music of Michelle Malone with opening act Blue MotherTupelo and a Pre-Party ticketed-event of barbeque, a beer tasting and a redzinfandel wine tasting in the Princess Theatre Deco Lounge from 6 p.m.until 7 p.m. Michelle Malone has earned critical acclaim as a bluesartist and is currently a resident of Decatur, Alabama. Proceeds from theconcert and party benefit the annual operations of the Princess Theatre.The program is made possible by Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association,Townhouse Galleries, Trish Land Floral Creations & Event Design, ValleyBudweiser, and bb perrins SPORTS GRILLE. Michelle Malone, nicknamed "Moanin' Malone" by blues guitarist Albert King,channels the greats of Blues and Americana.

Mix Bonnie Raitt's best vocalsand slide licks with the catchy pop appeal of Sheryl Crow and you'll getclose to Michelle's sound. The Atlanta native is popular on the live musicscene there and across the southeast. Thesinger/songwriter/rock'n'roller/folk'n'blues/guitarist recently toured withthe Indigo Girls and often shares the stage with them, leading some to callher "the third Indigo Girl." Besides a recent appearance on the Grammy ballot, Michelle's many awardsinclude four-time best album (Atlanta magazine), two-time best acousticguitarist (Creative Loafing, IAC), and five-time female vocalist of the year(Creative Loafing). She's written, recorded and toured with Kristen Hall(Sugarland), Indigo Girls, John Mayer and Shawn Mullins, and performed witha range of top names - including Marsha Ball, Joan Baez, Jackson Browne,Shawn Colvin, Little Feat, Albert King, Chris Whitley, Johnny Winter and ZZTop. Michelle's recent albums include the acclaimed Sugarfoot, Stompin'Ground and Hello Out There. ROLLING STONE calls Michelle Malone "...raucousand jubilant...somewhere between Lucinda Williams and Shelby Lynne comesMichelle Malone alternating between soulful ballads and rowdy, riffyblasters."

Blue Mother Tupelo, the husband-and-wife team of Micol and Ricky Davis,blends N'Awlins-style blues with Appalachian acoustic grit, Southern rockand rootsy rock.

The Blues & BBQ Pre-Party offers an hour of great southern barbecue from bbperrins SPORTS GRILLE paired with a beer tasting of the newest beers fromValley Budweiser and some Red Zin wines perfectly paired for barbeque.Advance reservations are required for the Party and the cost is $35 perperson for both the Party and concert. Reserved tickets for both the concert ($15) and the party/concert package($35) are available at the Princess Theatre box office or online For more information, call 256-340-1778 or visit theWeb sites at: <>