Shea Presents: Misty Blues Celebrates Queen of the Blues

Shea Presents: Misty Blues Celebrates Queen of the Blues

Saturday, July 30, 8:00 pm until 10:30 pm
Celebrating four of the most important Black women in the world of blues as performed by Gina Coleman and Misty Blues.

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#GETTOTHESHEA on Saturday, July 30th for a special night celebrating four of the most important Black women in the world of blues as performed by Gina Coleman and Misty Blues.

Misty Blues’ Queens of the Blues pays tribute to four quintessential female blues artists of all times ... Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton, Ruth Brown and Koko Taylor. They perform songs and relay stories of these women’s lives in an emotionally packed musical and educational performance. They also show how these women have influenced their original music.

ABOUT MISTY BLUES
2019 International Blues Challenge finalist, Misty Blues, is led by lead singer/band founder Gina Coleman. The band is based out of Berkshire County, Massachusetts playing original and traditional blues with hints of jazz, soul, funk and tent revival gospel since 1999. The band has recorded with Charles Neville, Justin Johnson, Big Llou Johnson and Joe Louis Walker. The band has also opened for contemporary blues artists like Tab Benoit, Roomful Of Blues, John Primer, Albert Cummings and Michael Powers. Misty Blues performs extensively throughout New England and has toured New York City, Harrisburg, Mishawaka, Knoxville, Birmingham, Montgomery, Muscle Shoals, Clarksdale, Memphis, New Orleans and Ontario Canada. The band recently earned the 2021 CFAB Music Realm Best Entertainer Award and has amassed several Independent Blues Award nominations. The band’s original recordings have wide radio airplay in the U.S. and UK.

In the summer of 1999 Gina Coleman was performing in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of A Raisin In The Sun. That production featured the acting of Ruben Santiago Hudson, Viola Davis, Kimberly Elise and Gloria Foster. Coleman was cast as a gospel singer. Nearing the end of the show’s run, Ruben Santiago Hudson gave Coleman a cd collection entitled Men Are Like Streetcars. He told her that her voice was well suited for the blues and urged her to take that next musical direction. Coleman heeded his advance, and after 20 years, Misty Blues has stood the test of time.

ABOUT THE SHEA THEATER
The Shea provides performance space for a variety of attractions designed to appeal to the widest range of tastes. Musical offerings include folk, pop, rock, swing, jazz, country and traditional. Theatrical productions encompass musical comedy, drama, comedy, and political satire. In addition, audiences can take advantage of magic shows, children's shows and silent film revivals.

The Shea, with the help of a wonderful corps of volunteers, has been attracting a growing audience and as a result is bringing people into Turners Falls from an ever larger geographical area. This growth has put the Shea on a firmer financial footing, providing the basis for expectations of an even more exciting future for this vital community asset.

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