PRESS RELEASE – AJs Oldtown Steakhouse hosts a special show on May 9: E.J. Simpson performs his unique solo version of the groundbreaking rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar May 9 at 8 p.m. The musical is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’s life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It highlights political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus, struggles that are not in the Bible. The resurrection is not included. It largely follows the form of a traditional passion play. The show rocks 21 songs, every song on the original album release plus a few verses taken from the movie in its entirety by one stealth performer.
Like many in the audience, Simpson grew up a die hard fan of the soundtrack. As JC Superstar is arguably, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s best work, this solo performance has evolved since 1971 and captures the complexity and the nostalgia of the original soundtrack. Simpson says it’s irreverent enough for a bar, and nearly reverent enough for a church. Simpson manhandles the score through looping and multiple instruments. This show is for everyone who loves a good foot stomping Rock Opera, regardless of one’s religious affiliation or non-affiliation.
E.J.Simpson, formerly a member of the political rap group “The Goats” before touring internationally and recording 9 CD’s with the trio “Maggi, Pierce and E.J.” He is currently at work on his second solo album while playing with various bands and songwriters in Philadelphia and New York as well annual performances of JCSuperstar and other tribute shows. For more info visit: www.ejsimpsonmusic.com
You can reserve your tickets by calling AJs Oldtown Steakhouse at (907) 235-9949, located at 120 Bunnell Avenue. Tickets are $5.
Homer Council on the Arts is bringing popular singer Ruthie Foster to Homer to perform soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel songs this Friday night at the Mariner Theatre (in the high school), starting at 8:00 p.m.
Critics praise her heartfelt performances as soul stirring. “She has a gorgeous voice in any genre,” one said.
According to her biography, she came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, did a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy band and ended up in New York City with a major label deal that went sour. After she moved back to Texas to care for her ailing mother, Foster took a break from singing professionally for a couple of years. When she resumed her music career in Austin, she became a regular nominee at the Austin Music Awards, winning Best Folk Artist in 2004-05 and Best Female Vocalist in 2007-08. Broadening her field by blending blues and soul, she added a Grammy nomination to her list of achievements. She was nominated for Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist several years.
In addition to leading her own band and touring it around the world, Foster has also collaborated on stage and recordings with a diverse list of artists including Warren Haynes, Big Head Todd, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Bibb and Paul Thorn. She is a regular favorite at an equally diverse list of festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Monterey Blues Festival, Merlefest and the Kate Wolf Festival.
Usually she plays guitar to accompany her singing and a back up band will accompany her here.
“When I comes to songs, often older ones, I love it when they find me and that’s what happened with ‘Ring of Fire,’” she said. “I put myself inside that song which speaks to the passion of a new relationship.”
Her biography says that on her new “Let It Burn” album, Foster takes the listeners on her most personal journey yet, sounding like she is pouring her heart out late at night, and her deeply soulful vocals create a spiritual sound-scape to support her testimony.
She has written many of her own songs and also performs outstanding numbers from other artists like “Everlasting Light,” “If I had a Hammer,” and Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.”
Tickets are $15 for youth, $25 for HCOA members and $35 general admission. They can be purchased in advance on line at HomerArt.org or the Bookstore on Pioneer Ave, the Chamber of Commerce or Homer Council on the Arts at 355 W. Pioneer Ave.
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