Melissa Etheridge: This is ME Solo

with Ed Masuga opening
The Center for the Arts presents
Friday, September 19, 8:00PM
$68 members, $78 non-member
(Does not include applicable fees)

General Admission tickets are still available

operation-name-a-seat-650Veterans Memorial Auditorium will have all new fixed seats equipped with backs and cushions in the elevated section of the auditorium for this concert.  Through our “Operation Name a Seat” we’ve raised funds for over 450 new seats with fewer than 80 seats remaining to complete the project.  Click HERE or all The Center for the Arts at 530-274-8384 for information on how you can honor a family member, friend or neighbor that has served or is an active member of the U.S. Armed forces.

“Etheridge lets it all hang out with her commanding, crackling voice and deliberate guitar strums. “ – Rolling Stone

Ms. Etheridge gave each big chorus the additional heft of her voice, still a raspy and incandescent howl.” – The New York Times

Melissa Etheridge was baring her soul and we got to enjoy this amazing musical confessional.” – Atlantic City Weekly

“Melissa Etheridge has always poured her heart and soul into her music, so it’s no surprise that the same depth of emotion permeates her shows.” – Hollywood Reporter

The Center for the Arts is pleased to bring rock legend Melissa Etheridge to Grass Valley’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium.  A limited run in an intimate setting, Melissa will be playing acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica and piano.  Etheridge says, “I enjoy doing the solo shows not only get to ready for a new album, I also love to dive into my catalogue of songs and bring a new freshness to my older material. It is such an intimate experience with the audience, and it is truly one of my favorite ways to perform.”

In February 2007, Melissa Etheridge celebrated a career milestone with a victory in the “Best Song” category at the Academy Awards for “I Need to Wake Up,” written for the Al Gore documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth. Over the course of her more than two decades as a performer and songwriter, Etheridge has shown herself to be an artist who has never allowed “inconvenient truths” to keep her down. Earlier in her recording career, Etheridge acknowledged her sexual orientation when it was considered less than prudent to do so. In October 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer, a health battle that, with her typical tenacity, she won. Despite losing her hair from chemotherapy, Etheridge appeared on the 2005 Grammy telecast to sing “Piece of My Heart” in tribute to Janis Joplin. By doing so she gave hope to many women afflicted with the disease.

Born in Leavenworth, Kansas, Melissa Etheridge picked up the guitar at the age of eight and began playing in local bands in her teens. After completing high school, Etheridge was accepted as a student at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, but left after only one year to make her way as a performer in Los Angeles. Her bluesy vocal style and riveting stage presence began earning Etheridge a strong following. Legend has it that in a chance encounter at a small club in Long Beach with music industry legend and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell she was signed on the spot leading Blackwell to confess that he felt “The future of Rock and Roll has a female face”.

Melissa’s first album, Melissa Etheridge (1988), was a critically-acclaimed debut that led to an invitation to sing on the 1989 Grammy Awards broadcast. For several years, her popularity built around such memorable originals as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs” and “Ain’t It Heavy,” for which she won a Grammy in 1992. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am (1993). The collection featured the massive hits, “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought Etheridge her second Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Performance. In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest charting album, Your Little Secret, which was distinguished by the hit single, “I Want to Come Over.” Her astounding success that year led to Etheridge receiving the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996.

Melissa continued to write, record, and tour throughout the ‘90s and into the new millennium, releasing Skin (2001) and the upbeat Lucky (2004) along with her DVDs Live And Alone (2002) and Lucky Live (2004). 2005 marked the release of Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled, which includes “I Run for Life,” commissioned by Ford Cares as part of their cancer initiative in support of The Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure. The album was recently re-released in an Eco-pak, to include Melissa’s Oscar winning song “I Need To Wake Up.” In April 2007, Melissa Etheridge received the distinguished ASCAP Founders Award and released her ninth studio album, The Awakening, selected by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of their Top 50 Albums of 2007. In 2009, Melissa released her 10th studio album, Fearless Love, to a Top 10 Billboard debut. 2011 was an exciting year for Melissa. She made her Broadway debut as St. Jimmy in Green Day’s rock opera, American Idiot, and received her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2012, she released her most recent album 4th St. Feeling. Melissa will perform sold out shows throughout Europe, Australia, and North America. When Melissa is not on tour, she records her syndicated Melissa Etheridge Radio Show for daily broadcast on stations throughout the US and Canada.

ed-masuga400ED MASUGA

“Steeped heavily in the folk tradition, his songs are simultaneously old-fashioned, timeless, and timely.” –  SF Bay Guardian
“Skkkiiillllz!! Detailed and precious guitar melodies” – Radio France Internationale

Ed Masuga was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the 10th of 10 children and raised in a small California mountain town among his siblings and without much else. His highly personal yet sophisticated, country blues-enriched folk reaches into a reservoir of emotional depth beyond his years. Growing up, Neil Young and James Taylor were his patron saints, frequently crossing paths with The Ramones and Heart. Peter, Paul and Mary, Mississippi John Hurt, and The Sound of Music were not far behind. To the listening public, he recalls a Nina Simone and Garfunkel-infused Woody Guthrie and a male Carole King.

Inspired by other self-taught musicians, Masuga’s own signature style is characterized by lightning, yet refined, acoustic guitar fingerpicking and strong, mellifluous vocals. Best known for his intricate guitar work, Masuga accompanies himself on piano, banjo, uke, mandolin, harmonica, and anything else he can get his hands on. He has released three albums: “Ed Masuga”, “Lonely Dog”, and “Let Me Tune My Heartstrings”. His forthcoming work includes the single “Angel Island.”

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