It’s so easy: Gervais, friends sing Ronstadt |

It’s so easy: Gervais, friends sing Ronstadt

WHO: The Center for the Arts presents

WHAT: Lorraine Gervais’ Tribute to Linda Ronstadt- The Early Years

DANCE CONCERT – Limited Theater Seating

WHEN: Friday & Saturday, April 17 & 18, 8:00PM

WHERE: The Center for the Arts

314 W Main Street, Grass Valley

TICKETS: $24 members, $26 general public

The Center Box Office - 530-274-8384 ext 14

BriarPatch Co-op or online at


Lorraine Gervais will present a dance concert tribute; “Linda Ronstadt – The Early Years,” Friday and Saturday, as she continues with her long running concert series co-produced with the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

“Linda Ronstadt was influential to me when I was a young singer because she was the first woman who sang whatever she wanted. As she evolved with her voice and her talents she was really eclectic, like I was then and continue to be now. I’ve wanted to produce a loving tribute to her and the timing of it now seems right,” said Gervais. It was recently announced that Linda Ronstadt is unable to sing due to the effect that Parkinson’s disease has had on her vocal chords.

Known for touring and sharing stages in the early years with the Eagles, Neil Young, and Emmy Lou Harris and Dolly Parton, among many others, she also appeared once with Mick Jagger and the Stones resulting in Jagger’s insistence that she record their song “Tumblin Dice.” Ronstadt was the first woman to sell out concerts in stadiums for tens of thousands of fans, becoming the highest paid female performer in rock and roll. Gradually tiring of the genre and lifestyle, she fought to produce and record three albums of jazz and pop standards with Nelson Riddle which ultimately sold 7 million albums.

Groundbreaking and eclectic to the core, Linda Ronstadt exposed new audiences to folk, country and rock, jazz, traditional Mexican songs from her family’s roots, broadway, and even light opera. With over 30 studio albums, 15 greatest hits albums, 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, and many gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums, Ronstadt sold more than 100 million records, making her one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

As with all of Gervais’ shows at the Center, and there have been 14 or 15 at this point, they are ‘one time only’ concert events with featured regional guest performers and singers. Her artist tributes have included Bonnie Raitt, Billie Holiday, Aretha, Ella Fitzgerald, Fleetwood Mac, George Gershwin, among many other shows highlighting classic R&B and soul, rock, and country genres.

The all star performer lineup for this show includes Jacob Aginsky on piano, Steve Wall and Larry Peterson on guitar, Charlie Faber playing bass and Rick Lotter on drums. Singing with Gervais are Kate Haight and Taylor Harris, along with surprise guests, performing songs including You’re No Good, When Will I Be Loved, Blue Bayou, Desperado, Ooh Baby Baby, Tumblin Dice, as well as selections from her jazz & Mexican influenced albums.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday shows are $24 for members of the Center, $26 for the general public and are available at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384 ext. 14, online at or at BriarPatch Co-op.

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