LIVE! From Vero Beach Introduces Joan Osborne

…the most gifted vocalist of her generation

A gifted singer, songwriter and musician will take center stage on Thursday, February 6 at The Emerson Center at 7 p.m.  Joan Osborne and her trio of musicians will no doubt leave audiences with a soulful evening filled of tunes, stories and strong feelings of optimism.  This concert is one in a series proudly presented to the community by LIVE! From Vero Beach and sponsored by Cindy O’Dare and Fenia Hiaasen.

Joan Elizabeth Osborne is an American singer, songwriter, and interpreter of music, having recorded and performed in various popular American musical genres including pop, soul, R&B, blues, and country. She is best known for her recording of the Eric Bazilian song “One of Us”. She has toured with Motown sidemen the Funk Brothers and was featured in the documentary film about them, Standing in the Shadows of Motown. Just finishing a smashing successful tour, “Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan,” Joan is sure to delight the audience with some Dylan tunes. She is a three-time platinum Grammy-nominated singer, has made three albums of soul, R & B, and Blues covers, and has been referred to as “the most gifted vocalist of her generation and a singer who understands the nuaunce of phrase, time and elocution.” Joining Ms. Osborne in concert is the amazing veteran pianist Keith Cotton along with a collaborating guitarist enabling the trio flexibility to play the songs in a subtle way or to crank them up from more of a party atmosphere!

In its 7th concert season close to home, Show sponsors are: Joe & Denise Corr, Catherine Sullivan, The Audiohouse, Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown and Ocean Grill. The non-profit partner for this show is the Cultural Council in Indian River County, the source for things to do in Vero Beach and Sebastian. This includes cultural events, fine art exhibitions, concerts, lectures, films, theatre, dance, opera, live music, community events, festival and fairs and children’s events through education, collaboration, marketing and advocacy.

The other performers this season include Singer “Judy Collins” (A special performance on Sat., Feb 15); “The Rocket Man Show”- A Tribute to Elton John-Thurs., Feb 20; Classic Albums Live:  “Creedence Clearwater Revival”-Chronicle, Vol. 1-Thurs., Feb 27; “Live and Let Die”-The Music of Paul McCartney-Thurs., Mar. 5; The Kingston Trio-Thurs., Mar. 12; “Broken Arrow”-A Neil Young Tribute-Thurs., Mar. 19; “Space Oddity”-The Ultimate David Bowie Concert Experience-Thurs., Mar 26; Classic Albums Live:  “Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits”-Thurs., Apr. 2; and “Peter Asher” of Peter and Gordon Fame-Thurs., Apr. 9.

Tickets are on sale now for all concerts. A special ticket discount of 15% off is offered for the purchase of 20 or more tickets (to one or more concerts) in one purchase and will be automatic at time of purchase with no code necessary. For Best Seats…Buy Tickets Now! Visit the website for available seating locations and ticket prices: or call (800) 595-4849

Sponsors, in addition to the presenting sponsors include CenterState, Harmony Preserve, MID-Florida Credit Union, New Vision Eye Center, A.C. and Ann Starkey and Springhill Suites By Marriott.  Non-profit partners include Emerson Center, Grand Harbor Community Outreach, Indian River Land Trust, Quail Valley Charities, VNA & Hospice Foundation and The Mental Health Association in IRC. In-kind sponsors include ABC Printing as the Printing sponsor and Majestic Theatre as the Screen Sponsor. 

The Emerson Center is conveniently located on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. This show is produced by Rusty Young and Stacey Kasselman of MusicWorks, Inc. and Bev and Marty Paris of Paris Productions.  Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early and purchase drinks and snacks from the Emerson Center lobby bar. An elevator to the 2nd floor balcony is available as well as listening devices from the Emerson Center office. For more information call 772-234-4412.

Nikki Kalin
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