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Ball to perform Friday at Center

Five-time Grammy Award nominee singer/pianist Marcia Ball will perform in Grass Valley Friday during a Center for the Arts concert.

Ball is a 2012 Blues Music Award Winner, 2011 and 2012 Living Blues Award Winner, 2010 Gulf Coast Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and winner of two 2009 Living Blues Readers’ Poll Awards for Blues Artist of the Year.

“It really boils down to the Gulf Coast for me. So much music has emanated from this area that encompasses everything from the Mexican border up to the other side of Mobile (Ala.). That’s everything I love to play, listen to and eat,” she said.

Ball will bring her brand of Southern boogie, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads.

Over the course of her three-decade career, Ball has earned a global following. Ball’s piano playing and passionate vocals fuse New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin’s deep songwriting tradition into a sound No Depression described as “a little rock, a lot of roll, a pinch of rhythm and a handful of blues.”

Ball made guest appearances on albums by Austin Lounge Lizards, Cindy Cashdollar, the Hackberry Ramblers, Candye Kane and Irma Thomas.

Her debut for the label, “Presumed Innocent,” resulted in her first W.C. Handy Blues Award for Best Contemporary Female Vocalist and Album of the Year. She earned more Handy Award nominations in 2003 with the zydeco-drenched “So Many Rivers,” featuring guest appearance by Louisiana’s popular accordionist Wayne Toups.

Today, Ball performs 150 live shows a year in venues where her name is synonymous with New Orleans-style piano playing and rhythm and blues.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. Friday performance are $25 for members, $28 for non-members, and can be purchased at the Center Box Office, BriarPatch Co-op or online at http://thecenterforthearts.org.

For information about Ball, visit http://marciaball.com.


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