Saturday, May 18, 2013
"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grille"
OK so this isn't a concert in the tradtional sense of the word but rather more of a theatrical production...with LOTS of music. Not just any music mind you, but the music of none other than BILLIE HOLIDAY.
"Lady Day" is a fictional account of the final appearance by Holiday at a seedy Philly nightclub just four months before her death at the too young age of 44 in 1959.
Jazz singer Mardra Thomas has been called the "best vocalst to intrepret Holiday" and she's been knocking the socks off of audiences all over the country with this show.
Accompanying Thomas is local piano legend Flash Allen.
Here's what Press Herald freelance critic Steve Feeney had to say about the show:
IF U GO:
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. through April 14th
WHERE: Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St.
HOW MUCH: $19; $15 for seniors and students. Thursday night performances are pay-what-you-can
INFO: freeport factory.com
Aimsel Ponti has been obsessed with - and inspired by- music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She's a huge fan of the local music scene and interviews an act every week for "Making Noise" which runs in the Press Herald GO section. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets.