Women Making Music – December Shows

Two other (among so many!) notable shows in December include a benefit concert for cancer survivor, Tami-Lu Barry on Sunday Dec 18th at Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues with a suggested donation of $15. The long-standing local dance band, ‘A Social Function,’ featuring Blues Ingénue and Tami-Lu’s daughter, vocalist Jesse Barry, will perform along with a ton of special guests! www.youcaring.com/WeLoveYouTamiLu

Sweet Claudette | Photo by No Alarms Studio

Sweet Claudette | Photo by No Alarms Studio

• On Thursday, December 22nd, I will be hosting a holiday show at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall for the fourth year in a row, starting at 7:30pm on the main stage. This annual variety show features a cavalcade of notable and phenomenal instrumentalists and singers.

• “Everybody is a Star” is a ‘soulful affirmation songs’ concert to celebrate the season and will feature songs by Al Green, Nina Simone, Eric Bibb, The Beatles, Mary Gauthier, Ruthie Foster, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, George Harrison, CSN&Y, Joan Osborne, Patty Griffin, Sara Bareilles and The Staple Singers.

• Rhoda Weaver, Paula Hanke, Ryan Barber, Ashley Heath, Mare Carmody, Linda Mitchel and others TBA will be sharing the stage with me, taking turns with duets and solo numbers with the incomparable backing band that includes Jonathan Pearlman on guitar and vocals, Aaron Price on keyboards and vocals, Grant Cuthbertson on upright and electric bass, and Ben Bjorlie on percussion and drums. Tickets go fast! isisasheville.com.

• Every Monday at 5 Walnut is ‘The Siamese Jazz Club’ featuring CaroMia Tiller, 8-10pm, and every Thursday, Jesse Barry and the Jam at Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues, 8:30pm.

• Laura Blackley at Winding Creek Brewery in Columbus, NC on Sat Dec 3rd at 8pm and then again the next night, Sunday Dec 4th for the Habitat for Humanity Benefit concert at West Asheville Presbyterian Church that also features singer songwriter, Valorie Miller.

• Sunday Dec 4th at The Grey Eagle, it’s Deep River featuring Sharon Lewis, Sandy Howard and Joan D’Entramont at 8pm.

• Devils in Dust featuring Leigh Glass at Jack of the Wood on Sat Dec 10th, 9pm

• Regina Duke and Westsound, Olive or Twist, Sun Dec 11th, 5pm for the Red and Black Ball.

• Millie Palmer’s CD Release at The Altamont Theatre Thurs Dec 15th at 7:30pm

• Peggy Ratusz Trio ‘Christmas Celebration Songs’ with special guests at Blue Ghost Brewing in Fletcher, Sat Dec 17th, 7pm.

• Sweet Claudette featuring Dulci Ellenburger, Amanda Platt, Amber Sankaram and Melissa Hyman, Isis Restaurant and Musical Hall, Wed. Dec 21st, 8pm

• A double bill New Year’s Eve show with ‘Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band’ featuring Mary Frances (Mama Funk) and ‘The Broadcast’ featuring Caitlin Krisko, The Grey Eagle, 9pm

Peggy Ratusz
Written by Peggy Ratusz