Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fall in love with Rickie Lee Jones

Singer-songwriter to perform classics from70s and 80s


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

Rickie Lee Jones will play at River Run on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. Courtesy photo

Multiple Grammy Award-winner and musical powerhouse Rickie Lee Jones will play her unique brand of music at River Run on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. as part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts Summer Concert Series.

Jones shot to stardom in 1979 with an appearance on "Saturday Night Live," a Rolling Stone cover story and the huge hit "Chuck E.'s in Love." She won her first Grammy for Best New Artist in 1980. An acclaimed and talented singer-songwriter, she has steadfastly refused to conform to musical categories or industry expectations. This concert tour features the music from her first two classic albums, so die-hard fans will hear old favorites.

Jones' career spans three decades of incredible musical output. Her defiantly original albums range from songs she has written to R&B, Motown, folk and full-on rock 'n' roll to wildly successful covers of old jazz classics like "My Funny Valentine" and "Making Whoopee," which she sang with her longtime pal Dr. John. Always fearless, she has consistently pushed her seemingly limitless creative abilities.

In exploring so many genres, Jones still manages to keep true to her craft and her authenticity—a singer-songwriter who is a true original with a voice that is instantly recognizable. On her latest recording, "Balm in Gilead," Jones teamed up with friends Ben Harper, Bill Frisell and Alison Krauss to produce an album whose songs include jazz, country and gospel.

For this show at River Run, blankets, low-backed chairs and picnics are welcome. Bring a jacket for the cool evening and leave pets and recording devices at home. Doors will open to early-entry ticket holders at 6 p.m., and regular-entry ticket holders can go in at 6:15 p.m. Jones will start promptly at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $35 for Center members and $40 for nonmembers. Early-entry tickets are $75-$80. To buy tickets, visit www.sunvalleycenter.org, call 726-9491 or stop by The Center in Ketchum.

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com




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