The first lady of soul music, Bettye LaVette, comes to Frostburg State University on Friday, Sept. 16, as part of the Cultural Events Series new program, LIVE! at StarScape. The two-time Grammy nominee will perform at 8 p.m. in the Lane University Centerâ€™s Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall. Ticket holders will also have the opportunity to interact with LaVette in a post-performance discussion.
LaVetteâ€™s career began in 1962 when she achieved her first top 10 hit, â€śMy Man â€“ Heâ€™s a Lovinâ€™ Man.â€ť The power, emotion and intensity of her voice combine with tour-de-force performance energy that is captivating, and critics and audiences have taken notice in recent years. The New York Times recently declared that LaVette â€śrivals Aretha Franklin as her generationâ€™s most vital soul singer. She uses every scrape, shout and break in her raspy voice, with a predatorâ€™s sense of timing, to seize the drama of a song.â€ť
Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for youth under 17. Corporate and group discount rates are also available.
For more information, contact the Cultural Events Series box office at 301-687-3137 or visit CESâ€™ webpage at ces.frostburg.edu.
This tour engagement is funded through the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundationâ€™s Mid-Atlantic Tours program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council. The Cultural Events Series is sponsored in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from MSAC, and is supported by a grant from MSAC, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.