Monday, October 29, 2018

Lauren Mitchell Headlines Blues Concert at Bo Diddley Plaza to Open Gainesville's Downtown Festival & Art Show weekend.

Lauren Mitchell
Downtown Blues Concert at 
Bo Diddley Community Plaza 
North Central Florida Blues Society 
Regional International Blues
Challenge Winners also to Perform

Friday, November 30, 2018 ~ 7-11pm
Bo Diddley Plaza
(Corner of E. University Ave and SE 1st St)
111 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Jack Sullivan of Blues Music Magazine called Lauren Mitchell “a mesmerizing performer, with a voice for the ages”, and she will be in Gainesville, Florida on Friday, November 30, 2018. She will be playing the Bo Diddley Plaza for a FREE show to kick off the Downtown Festival & Art Show weekend, presented by the North Central Florida Blues Society.

Lauren doesn’t just sing blues and soul (although she does so with great power, range, and passion), she is also a student of those genres and the people who sang them, understanding that it’s all about finding a way to transform difficult experiences into something cathartic.

Blues legend Etta James is one of Lauren Mitchell’s major influences. “She had that low register which I identify with. She had a way of presenting a song that really got down to business, digging in and touching the emotions and the meaning of the song. She was able to interpret brilliantly.”

No less than Etta’s long-time producer and guitarist Josh Sklair, a Grammy Award Winner, thinks Lauren’s talent embodies some of Etta, saying “I miss Etta a little less when I hear Lauren sing”.

“Sometimes people don’t understand that the blues is a song of victory,” she says. “The Blues is a way to say, ‘I have overcome.’ I’m over it, and now I’m turning it into this beautiful thing that I can give to the world that can help someone else heal, or feel better, or just open up a conversation.”

Appearing last in Gainesville earlier this year at the wildly successful Women in Blues showcase, this show will provide two hours of Lauren commanding talent for your enjoyment.

Lauren performs from 9-11pm. Taking the stage from 7-8pm will be Sweet William (solo) and from 8-9pm it will be Sheba the Mississippi Queen & the Bluesmen (band), the winners of the North Central Florida Blues Society’s Blues Challenge. These two bands will be representing the society at the International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis TN in January.

The Downtown Blues Concert is an annual event provided by the North Central Florida Blues Society, and funded in part by the Alachua County Tourist Development Tax and The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Outside Agency Grant, to kick off the Downtown Festival & Art Show weekend.

The North Central Florida Blues Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, cultivation, nurturing and promotion of Blues Music. The Society also hosts monthly electric and acoustic jams. See website and FACEBOOK for more information.

Advance Notice of North Central Florida's

December 9, 2018 ~ 5:30-10:30pm
at The High Dive, Gainesville
w/ Special Guests
Mark Telesca Band
& Sonny Rock

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