Music of Linda Ronstadt center stage at Oct. 13 concert

Award-winning vocalists Paula Hanke and Peggy Ratusz will perform at the second performance of the 36th season of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. The concert, featuring the music of Linda Ronstadt, is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills.  

Experience an evening celebrating one of America’s greatest female singers at "Love Is A Rose: Celebrating the Music of Linda Ronstadt with Paula Hanke & Peggy Ratusz." 

The concert  — the second performance of the 36th season of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts — is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at First Flight High School, 100 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills.

The performance is sponsored by Front Porch Café.

“This tribute, clearly a labor of love for the pair, features greatest hits, fan favorites and even unheralded B-sides of Ronstadt’s entire career, stretching back to the ‘60s,” says David Connaughton, president of the Outer Banks Forum.

They songbirds will be backed by proficient instrumentalists: Grant Cuthbertson on upright and electric bass, James Kylen on drums, Bob Bencze on keys and vocals, and James Vandenberg on acoustic and electric guitar and vocals.

Hanke’s interpretation of cover music has been a force to be reckoned with for three decades. Her original CD release, The Only Voice, explores other facets of her extraordinary and diverse vocal abilities. She’s been a lead and ensemble singer for Top 40 bands, performed on cruise ships and was a finalist on Star Search. Since moving to Asheville, she’s worked with NPR’s B.J. Leiderman, guitarists Tony Godwin and Al Schlimm, pianist/composer Daniel Barber.

She and saxophonist Frank Southecorvo played sold out shows featuring the music and collaboration of Billie Holiday and Lester Young. You can find her any Sunday, leading the congregation in song, at Jubilee Community Church on Wall Street.

Peggy “Blues Chanteuse” Ratusz, is a fixture in the Asheville Jazz and Blues music scene since relocating here from Austin, Texas in 2001. She and her Daddy LongLegs electric Blues band have either won or placed in WNC Best of Readers poll for 10 years running. Last year, 2016, Ratusz won in three categories: Best in Blues, Best Vocalist and Musician Who Gives Back. Ronstadt’s “Don’t Cry Now” was one of the first albums she bought with her own money. Vocal coach and feature writer for WNC Woman Magazine’s Women Making Music monthly music column are the other hats she wears when she’s not belting out the Blues on stage.

Individual tickets are $28 for adults, and $15 ages 16 and younger, including NC sales tax.

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