Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples will join forces at a concert in Portsmouth scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, promoters announced Monday.
Tickets for the show at the nTelos amphitheate¿r at Harbor Center go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 8. They will be priced at $25.25 to $80.25.
Raitt has performed in the area sporadically over the years. She played the Ruth Brown Blues Festival at nTelos back in 2007. In 2002, she joined Bruce Hornsby on state at Harbor Center before playing her own show at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater the next night. (The press release below says that happened in 2004, but the Daily Press archives says Aug. 1, 2002.)
Here's the press release with details about the upcoming show.
RETURNS TO NTELOS WIRELESS PAVILION
Wednesday, June 13, With Mavis Staples
Portsmouth, Va. –Bonnie Raitt returns for her second headline concert, and Mavis Staples returns for her second concert at nTelos Wireless Pavilion on Wednesday, June 13. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert begins at 8 p.m.
Raitt’s last performance in Portsmouth was in 2007 headlining the 3rd Annual Ruth Brown Blues Festival. She also performed at the waterfront venue when she sat in with Bruce Hornsby at his concert in 2004.
Raitt is a nine-time Grammy Award winner who has released 18 highly acclaimed and commercial albums. She was inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. She also performed in the 2003 PBS documentary “The Blues” directed by Martin Scorsese. In 2006, Raitt was selected as the inaugural artist for VH1’s “Decades Rock Live” series, with guest appearances by friends Allison Krauss, Keb Mo, Norah Jones, and Ben Harper
Raitt’s songs have constantly been on radio playlists since 1971, and her concerts continue to attract devoted fans and new listeners.
Mavis Staples opened for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in nTelos Wireless Pavilion in 2003. She has been actively recording since 1950. She has recorded with the likes of Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, The Band, George Jones, Natalie Merchant, Ann Peebles, Delbert McClinton, Los Lobos and Dr. John.
On Feb. 13, 2011, Staples won her first Grammy award in the category for Best Americana Album for “You Are Not Alone.” In her acceptance speech, a shocked and crying Staples said, ";This has been a long time coming.”
On May 7, 2011, Mavis was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Tickets are available in the Pavilion only for an intimate evening with Bonnie Raitt, and go onsale Wednesday, February 8 through all Ticketmaster outlets, including online (www.ticketmaster.com) and by phone (800.745.3000). Orchestra tickets are $80.25, Gold Circle 1 seats are $50.25, Gold Circle 2 seats are $40.25, and Gold Circle 3 seats are $25.25, including service and facility fees. There is a $3 discount on Gold Circle 3 and 4 with military ID. Present your AAA Membership Card at the Box Office or Ticketmaster outlet and receive $3 off Gold Circle 3 and 4. Discounts cannot be combined.
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