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A Soulful Evening of Music at Staller Center

Joan_Osborne3Sunday, November 15, 7:00 pm

Joan Osborne, The Holmes Brothers, and Paul Thorn take Staller Center’s Main Stage on Sunday, November 15, at 7:00 pm with blues-based, gospel, and country-tinged performances.

Staller Center is the sole Long Island stop on a multi-city national tour. Osborne is performing with The Holmes Brothers as her band, which gives Osborne fans a chance to see her in a fresh new way. Thorn plays the first set, and has received standing ovations on the tour.

Joan Osborne’s breakthrough, debut album Relish sold five million copies worldwide and yielded the smash hit “One Of Us” as well as scoring six Grammy nominations. In 2002 she cemented her reputation as a top-tier soul singer with an incredible turn in the acclaimed documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown, followed by a tour with legendary Motown backing band The Funk Brothers.

In 2003 Osborne toured with the Dixie Chicks and then surprised and wowed audiences touring throughout America for two years as the lead singer for The Dead. In 2007 she graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Osborne returned to her soulful rock roots on Little Wild One, her fall 2008 album.

The spine-tingling harmonies, boundless energy, and telepathic musicianship of The Holmes Brothers (bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes, guitarist/pianist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, drummer/vocalist Popsy Dixon) mix Saturday night’s roadhouse rock with the gospel fervor and harmonies of Sunday’s church service. They won the coveted Blues Music Award from the Memphis-based Blues Foundation for Band of the Year in 2005.

The son of a Pentecostal preacher, Thorn grew up singing in his father’s revivals. He recorded his first CD, Hammer and Nail, for A&M records, and then recorded Ain’t Love Strange for the Ark 21 label. Thorn switched musical gears and record companies to record the critically acclaimed Mission Temple Fireworks Stand. His newest CD is A Long Way from Tupelo. Thorn excels as a musical storyteller.

Tickets for the evening are $38, with discounts available for students and seniors. To order, visit www.stallercenter.com or call 632-ARTS.

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