Maria Muldaur - Christmas at the Oasis
Point Richmond Acoustic
201 Martina St
The legendary, multitalented Maria Muldaur presents Christmas at the Oasis - a special holiday show with folk, blues, gospel and RnB, Check out this excerpt from a review by Steve Murray:These are NOT the traditional Christmas songs that have been repeated to death in elevators and shopping malls. With deep roots in ‘20s/’30s female blues pioneers like Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, and Victoria Spivey, Muldaur mines the finest of alternative holiday music that jumps off the stage with her brazen, authentic vocals and sizzling backup instrumentalists. Represented is material associated with Louis Armstrong - “Cool Yule,” written by Steve Allen and “Christmas Night in Harlem,” written by Mitchell Parish and Raymond Scott, a Bessie Smith slow blues shuffle “At the Christmas Ball” and the legendary Charles Brown’s classic “Merry Christmas Baby.”Muldaur’s voice has weathered since the mid-‘70s sound of her chart-topping “Midnight at the Oasis” fame (performed this evening with special Christmas lyrics) and is the perfect instrument to whip up the emotion and roughness required of great blues singers. Swing was in the house on Louis Prima’s “What Will Santa Claus Say When He Finds Everybody Swingin?,” delivered all sassy and confident. “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You?” sizzled with sexual energy. Muldaur’s Christmas offerings include love, sex, booze, carousing and a generous dose of the blues. Her encore, a riveting performance of Percy Mayfield’s sensational “Please Send Me Someone to Love”, was one of the finest blues performances I’ve heard live onstage!Tickets are $20.
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