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LOVE IS A ROSE: Celebrate the Music of Linda Ronstadt with Paula Hanke and Peggy Ratusz Fri April 21st 2017 at 8pm

$15 in advance

$18 at the door

A Wisconsin native, Paula Hanke began performing professionally right out of high school, and her years of worldwide touring with show bands are evident in her ability to tackle just about any repertoire and make it her own. She has the rare ability to make each listener feel that they’re being sung to individually as she negotiates material from quietly intimate to roof-raising. Her debut album “The Only Voice” displays her expressive vocals with assistance from many of Asheville’s finest musicians.

Paula toured the U.S. for 7 years with a showband (Coast to Coast) and after an appearance on Star Search '88, made NYC her home for 15 years where she gigged locally from the Plaza Hotel to the Bitter End.

She has toured extensively playing in clubs and showrooms in Tokyo, Bermuda, Munich, Saudi Arabia, the Virgin Islands, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Atlantic City sharing the stage with Willie Nelson, James Taylor and the Beach Boys along the way and performing for Joan Rivers, Al Hirt, Jamie Farr & Charlie Callas to name a few.

A well established presence in the Asheville music scene since 2002, Jazz and Blues Chanteuse Peggy Ratusz performs an infectious, sultry, multi-layered brand of original, traditional and modern Blues, Soul and Jazz. While influences such as Ray Charles, Connie Evingson, Anita O’Day and Bonnie Raitt are evident, it can’t be denied that her unique style and voice are one of a kind. She and her backing bands are particularly impressive during live performances where audiences witness her very core as it shines and is inspired by the rhythm, the melodies and content of the stories she tells. Every drop of emotion is authentic and shows all who are present, that she’s a willing servant to Jazz, Blues and Old School Soul.

For nearly thirty-seven years, opportunities have come her way which have landed her on television shows, radio, festival line ups, theaters, bars, restaurants, benefits, private events and showcases. She spent seven years based in Tucson, Arizona where she toured the West in a folk rock trio from 1979 to 1985. Audiences began to experience the richness, power and emotion of her voice evoking positive reviews and acclaim. In 1985 she moved to “the live music capital of the world” a.k.a. Austin, Texas and stepped into the Blues pool fronting a 4-pc Chicago Blues style band called The Bootleggers.

The 2000’s have been banner years for this still very young feeling 56 year old musician. An original track from her freshman CD, Sexual High was picked by Jomar Records and is featured on the compilation CD, National Women in Blues. Her live version of Memphis Slim’s I’m Lost Without You featuring Duane Simpson on acoustic guitar is on the 12th Volume of WNCW’s Crowd Around CD. She and her bands have been voted Best in Blues or R&B for five straight years and in both 2008 and 2010, Peggy and the Daddy LongLegs were semi-finalists in the most prestigious Blues competition in the world, The International Blues Challenge held for 29 years running in Memphis, TN.

She’s performed at The Bull Durham Blues Festival, Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival, Carolina Blues Festival, Women In Blues Festival, End of Summer Blues Festival, The Green Swan Festival, Bele Chere and area venues such as The Orange Peel, The Altamont Theater, Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, The Grey Eagle Music Hall, Jack of the Wood, 5 Walnut and Tressa’s Jazz & Blues.