Final summer concert at the 1794 Meetinghouse

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For the Recorder
Published: 8/1/2019 9:41:08 AM
Modified: 8/1/2019 9:40:57 AM

The 1794 Meetinghouse will host its final concert of the summer this weekend.

Samirah Evans & Her Handsome Devils will take the stage of the historic New Salem meetinghouse Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Evans’ live performance repertoire runs the gamut from raunchy blues to smooth jazz, according to a press statement about the performance. In the past, she has often been compared to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, and Etta James. During her career as a performer and recording artist, Evans has become known for her dynamic and soulful approach to music, especially in the jazz and blues genres. Her musical style is heavily influenced by the New Orleans sound where she was one of the city's most popular and in-demand singers for nearly 20 years.

Her 1990 debut at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival began a run of 15 consecutive appearances, either as a leader or featured vocalist, and she was a fixture in clubs and concert venues throughout the Crescent City, including Snug Harbor, Tipitina's and the House of Blues. Evans has toured North and South America, Europe and Asia, sharing stages with a multitude of New Orleans notables and legendary artists, including James Brown, B.B. King, Dr. John, Aaron and Charles Neville, Michael Ray & the Cosmic Krew, Sheila Jordan, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison Jr., Michael Franks, Poncho Sanchez, Katie Webster, Bob Dorough, Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins, Trombone Shorty, Duke Robillard, Levon Helm, Jaimoe (of the Allman Brothers), and Sam Kininger.

Hurricane Katrina caused Evans to relocate to her husband's hometown in Brattleboro, V.t. She has since been performing in venues and festivals throughout the northeast with her band, Evans & Her Handsome Devils, and her classic New Orleans R&B choir, the NOLABratts, among other projects.

The band is comprised of Evans, who sings, Franz Robert who plays piano, Jason Schwartz on bass, Conor Meehan on drums and Michael Zsoldos, a saxophonist.

For more information visit 1794meetinghouse.org/meetinghouse-events/samirah-evans. Admision is $20 for those ages 18 and up, $10 for those 13 to 17, and free for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased online at the 1794 Meetinghouse’s website, at the New Salem General Store and at the door.


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