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Joan Osborne

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm

With a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation, Joan Osborne is both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter.

A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee, this soulful vocalist is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest performer who has worked alongside many notable artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, and Mavis Staples, to name a few.

Counting such legendary artists as Etta James and Ray Charles as influences, Osborne has released several acclaimed albums and continues to tour extensively in various configurations.

Osborne is widely known for her live performances in the GRAMMY Award-winning documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown." 'Bring It On Home,' which found Osborne tackling vintage songs by Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Al Green, Ike and Tina Turner, and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others, and treating them with respect while giving them some interesting twists in tempo, key and feeling, garnered a Best Blues Album nomination at the 2013 GRAMMY Awards.

Osborne continues to enjoy a long and storied career that was jump-started with the great success of her major-label debut album, 'Relish,' which wove together strands of American roots music, poetic lyrics and impassioned vocals, and produced the massive MTV and international radio smash, "One of Us." The song occupied the number one spot on the U.S. singles chart for two weeks, 'Relish' eventually racked up sales of over three million copies, and Osborne found a large and appreciative audience, particularly during touring as part of Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair tour.

"I'm getting better at what I do," Osborne observes. "I have an audience that I've built up over time, and I feel like they're with me. And because of that, I don't feel any pressure to fit myself into anyone else's idea of what I should be doing. So I feel like I can write my own rules at this point. That can be scary, but it's also liberating, and it's an exciting place to be."

Please note that dancing is permitted at your seat and near the stage.