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21 & over
Description: 8pm - Hope Waits
9pm - Michael Doman
10pm - Joel Eckels
Hope Waits: Hope Waits possesses that rare talent that is born of challenge, pain and heart. Growing up in the bayous of Louisiana, her story eerily parallels those of many of the great blues and soul singers whose essence she reflects. The 7th of 12 children born to an alcoholic father and an overprotective mother, Hope spent her childhood moving from place to place – often with no food for her and her siblings. Sheltered from secular music by her mother, Hope learned to sing in Southern Baptist choirs and wrote love songs underneath her bed quickly learning how to pull a tune out of her difficult upbringing. While Hope was beginning to find herself both personally and musically, tragedy struck when her mother was brutally murdered by an unknown attacker, a cold case that remains unsolved. With the loss of her mother, Hope had a moment of revelation that she would not let life pass her by and began to fully pursue her passion. Chance brought her into Chessvolt Studios where she met producer Peter Malick (Norah Jones, Otis Spann) and his business partner Douglas Grossman. The two immediately recognized the timeless qualities of her voice and brought Hope in to record her debut album Introducing Hope Waits. With Malick at the helm, Hope delivers an album so full of maturity and passion that it belies the fact that this is a debut. In addition to the 12 tracks on the physical album, the digital release includes two additional tracks produced by David Kalish (Rickie Lee Jones, Nicolette Larson) and Barrie Maguire (Amos Lee, Natalie Merchant). DownBeat has given the album a glowing 4-star review stating, “Hope Waits effortlessly transcends influences and comparisons with a fully formed and highly personalized vision and approach.” Allmusic called the album “atmospheric, intense and often hypnotic.” While Honest Tune proclaims “Hope Waits possesses a rare combination of ability, class and grace, qualities that could well make her the modern day equivalent of Billie Holiday.” M: Music & Musicians Magazine featured her in their “What’s Next” section of the July/August 2011 issue. Hope was also featured in ELLE Magazine (Brazil), alongside Melody Gardot and Diane Birch, as one of the top 5 new female singers who are a “must listen”. The accolades continue to come from all corners of the world.