Crystal Bowersox returns to Grass Valley
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WHAT: The Center for the Arts OnTheGo presents Crystal Bowersox
WHEN: 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25
WHERE: Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley
TICKETS: General Admission: $40 public, $35 members, premium view box (four seats): $60 per seat, $180 per box. Includes Drink Service, Goodie Basket, and one free drink per ticket. A 25% discount is applied when four seats purchased at the same time. Tickets at The Center for the Arts Box Office, 998 Plaza Drive, Grass Valley, or by calling 530-274-8384; also at BriarPatch Food Coop, 530-272-5333 or online at www.thecenterforthearts.org.
Singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox returns to Grass Valley for a concert at the Foothills Events Center on Sunday as part of The Center for the Arts OnTheGo series.
Bowersox, a northwest Ohio native currently calling Nashville home, has built her life around music. Crystal’s love for music developed at an early age from a need to find peace in a chaotic world. Through art and creation, Crystal was able to direct her energy and emotion, finding a way to mend a mind in turmoil. For her, music was always the most effective form of catharsis, and she would play for anyone, anywhere. In her own words, “My guitar was an appendage. I couldn’t live without it.”
Dead set on a career in music, Crystal moved to Chicago as a teenager, where she spent her days performing underground on subway platforms in between working odd jobs. While in the big city, she broadened her musical horizons and shared her talents with a variety of venues, ultimately auditioning for the ninth season of American Idol. Crystal’s time on the show proved to be well spent, as she immediately left the soundstage for the recording studio. Since her introduction to the world through television, Crystal has released two LPs, two EPs, and several singles. Additionally, she has used her talents to benefit several causes close to her heart, and has become an advocate and inspiration for people living with Type 1 diabetes.
Her most recent recording is a live album, recorded at the Kitchen Sink Studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, cleverly titled “Alive.” To create her newest project, Crystal called on her “chosen family” of musicians. The combination of keeping those she cherishes close to her and taking an honest look at life has resulted in the truest music she has released to date. Crystal has drawn on her various influences — across folk-pop, classic rock, soul, blues and country — to make the kind of music that resonates with her spirit. As one of her songwriting partners describes it, Crystal has “a voice like dirt and diamonds.” Her music is intended to bring a positive message of love and light to the world – things that folks will be able to take with them on their own journey, so that they, too, can feel truly alive.
Similar to her beginnings, Crystal intends to make music that has healing power, but at this point, she sees far beyond her own troubles. Her live show is a safe space for concertgoers. Attend a Crystal Bowersox show, and you just might see a grown man cry and a child dance simultaneously. You’ll also likely get the chance to meet her personally; Crystal is typically the first one to arrive and the last one to leave the venue. Meeting with the fans and hearing their personal stories is something Crystal considers a blessing in her life.
By reliving her own painful moments in song, Crystal hopes to transcend that pain, lifting herself and her audience to a higher place. In the opening lines of “A Broken Wing” she sings, “I know there’s beauty in the burden/And even on my darkest day that sun will shine.” Crystal’s story is one of resilience and perseverance, and it’s evident in every note of her new music.
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