MARQUETTE – Odetta, a Grammy Award-winning folk and blues singer, will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Kaufman Auditorium as part of the Northern Michigan University Performing Arts Series.
Born in 1930 in Birmingham, Ala. and raised in Los Angeles, Calif., Odetta showed an interest in music at a young age. Her mother, recognizing that Odetta had natural ability, arranged voice lessons for her when she was 13. Six years later, she landed roles in the stage productions Finian’s Rainbow and Guys and Dolls. It was during that summer that she first experienced San Francisco’s folk scene.
After returning to Los Angeles and working as a live-in housekeeper for several years, Odetta traveled to New York City in 1953 to perform at the Blue Angel folk club. Others took an interest in her career, and her debut album, The Tin Angel, was released in 1954. Odetta has since released more than 20 albums, won several Grammys, toured the world singing blues, folk, spiritual and protest music, performed for President Kennedy, and influenced current artists such as Bob Dylan and Tracy Chapman.
Tickets in advance are $3 for NMU students with ID, $14 for NMU faculty/staff, and $15 for the general public. At the door, prices will go up by $2. Tickets may also be purchased at any EZ ticket outlet, by phone at 227-1032, or online at www.nmu.edu/tickets. Reserved seating is available.