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Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster to perform at McCelvey

Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster to perform at McCelvey

Ruthie Foster will be reeling in great momentum at the McCelvey Center on Friday, two days before Sunday’s 57th annual Grammys.

Foster’s newly released “Promise of a Brand New Day” is nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at McCelvey, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. Tickets are $25 for Culture and Heritage Museum members and $30 for others, and can be purchased online at http://chmuseums.org/southernsoundseries/.

The 2015 Grammy Award nomination is the third in a row for Foster. In 2013 Foster’s “Let It Burn” was nominated for Best Blues Album and in 2009 “The Truth According to Ruthie Foster” was nominated for for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

This year’s blues genre awards have been cut by the Grammy Foundation; the Best Traditional Blues Album and Best Contemporary Blues Album have been merged into a single category – Best Blues Album.

Foster’s sound encompasses a spectrum of genres, including blues, soul, and folk, but it is the blues that have garnered the greatest accolades. Released in August 2014, Foster’s “Promise of a Brand New Day” was recently chosen by the Académie Charles-Cros for the premier French award for musical recordings - its 2014 Grand Prix du Disque for Blues.

Foster was named as Best Female Vocalist in 2007, 2008 and 2013 from the Austin Music Awards. The Blues Music Awards presented Foster the Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year in 2013, 2012, and 2011. The Blues Music Awards named her as Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year in 2010 and “Live at Antone’s” won DVD of the Year in 2012. Also in 2012, she won Living Blues Magazine’s Critics’ Poll for Female Blues Artist of the Year. In 2011 Foster was featured artist at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia.

Foster last performed at the McCelvey Center in 2013.

Clover auditorium to host ‘Della’s Diner’

The Clover School District Auditorium is serving a comedy with outrageous county-fried characters when “Della’s Diner” plays at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5.

Tickets are $15 and are on sale now. Call the CSDA Office at 803-222-8018 for tickets or more information.

“Della’s Diner,” a book by Tom Edwards, music by Harris Wheeler and lyrics by Mary Fisher, premiered in Atlanta in 1978 and played for many years, developing a cult following and spawning a slew of hit sequels.

Edwards has written six musicals including “Scarlett Fever” (a musical comedy version of “Gone with the Wind”), “Mistress of Meadowbrook” and “Della’s Diner II.” He has written for “Search for Tomorrow,” “Guiding Light,” “Growing Pains” and “Divorce Court.”

“Della’s Diner” tells the tale of Della, her mixed-up relationships and the threatened future of her diner. The story hinges on the experiences of three women. Della has escaped a dark past and settled on her very own mountain.

Her beautiful daughter Ramona is home after a failed attempt to make it as a country music singer. And Connie Sue Day, a former country music star with sass and spark is back, fresh-out-of-prison.

The show includes original show tunes like “Side of Fries,” “Satisfaction Guaranteed” and “All American Male.”

Director Paul Pierce says, “It’s hilarious and wacky, but it’s also very touching. This musical comedy is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end.”

“Della’s Diner” is produced by Springer Theatricals, the national touring arm of the Springer Opera House, a 143-year-old National Historic Landmark theatre in Columbus, Ga. Springer Theatricals performs in more than 60 cities every year.

The Springer is the State Theatre of Georgia, producing a year-round schedule of plays and musicals. It is also home to the Springer Theatre Academy, the largest program for the training of young actors in the Southeast.

Since Reconstruction, the Springer has been a revered Southern cultural institution with the world’s most celebrated artists performing in the Edwardian elegance of its main stage theatre.

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