Patrice Pike performs at Center for the Arts |

Patrice Pike performs at Center for the Arts

A musician who plays everything from jazz to folk to alternative country, Austin recording artist Patrice Pike and her band will be performing at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m.

Pike, who fronted the popular jam band Sister 7 for almost a decade, has made a successful transition to solo artist. Lyrically, her work is consistently intelligent, heartfelt, and socially aware. Her vocal style is perhaps best summed up by this quote from Rolling Stone magazine: “She’s Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and Robert Plant all rolled up into one tiny but explosive package.”

Pike, who has opened for, or performed with, the Dave Matthews Band and Blues Traveler, made her first main stage appearance last year at two prestigious festivals for singer/songwriters in the county, including the Northern California’s Strawberry Music Festival. She was awarded the $50,000 Overall Grand Prize of the 2004 USA Songwriting Competition for the song, “My Three Wishes.”

Her newest album is a live acoustic recording, “Patrice Pike: Live at the Brushwood Lounge.”

“From a lyrical perspective,” Pike said, “the music I write is often about intent. It could be my own intent, or that of people I know, or people or groups we all have an opportunity to observe. Basically, I just love the conversation about intent as well as the action of communicating it. It’s profound and meaningful, and it helps to ground me in my work and my life.”

The concert will be broadcast live on KVMR. Tickets are $10 and are available in Nevada City at Love Shack Records and Yabobo, in Grass Valley at BriarPatch Community Market and The Book Seller, and in Auburn at Cherry Records. They are also available by phone through Music Today at (800) 594-8499. For more information, call 274-8384.

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