Roots music icon Maria Muldaur and her Red Hot Bluesiana Band
The Center for the Arts is thrilled to welcome back roots music icon Maria Muldaur. For her New Year’s Eve 2007 concert The Center was filled to the rafters, so get your tickets early!
Maria Muldaur is best known world wide for her ’74 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis” and her follow up hit, the iconic feminine anthem, “I’m a Woman,” but despite her considerable success in the realm of pop music, her 46 year career could best be described as a long and rambling odyssey through various forms of American Roots Music.
Participating in the folk revival of the early ’60’s, she began exploring and singing early blues, bluegrass, Appalachian “old timey” music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band, shortly following that she joined the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording five albums with them.
Her first solo album, “Maria Muldaur,” contained the unique and unusual chartbuster, “Midnight at the Oasis, ” which garnered her several Grammy nominations and enshrined her forever in the hearts of babyboomers everywhere.
In the 35 years since then, Maria has recorded 35 solo albums covering all genres of music, from jazz to big band to gospel to several children’s albums, but since the early ’90s she has comfortably settled into her favorite idiom, the Blues, recording and producing an album per year, several of which have recently been nominated for Grammy’s and other awards. Her critically acclaimed 2001 release, “Richland Woman Blues” was named Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year!
Her timely 2008 release, “Yes We Can!” featured songs from some of the most socially conscience song writers of the past half century: Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Allen Toussaint, Garth Brooks and others, and her “Women’s Voices for Peace Choir” included Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, Jane Fonda, Odetta, Phoebe Snow, Holly Near and others.
For her 2009 release, Maria is revisiting her original jug band roots, reuniting with some alumni from her Even Dozen Jug Band, including John Sebastian, David Grisman and Dan Hicks. The album is called “Maria Muldaur and Her Garden of Joy.” She continues to tour regularly worldwide.
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