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At Last - The Etta James Story

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Our very own Vika Bull stars as Etta James
At Last - The Etta James Story is an anticipated musical tribute which celebrates the life and music of legendary American singer, Etta James.

It is proudly presented by Room 8 Productions, the organisation which recently staged the successful musical tributes 'The Man In Black: The Johnny Cash Story' and 'Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be: The Story of Bon Scott'.

Our very own Vika Bull, stars as James, whose career spanned a remarkable 50 years and went on to inspire the likes of Diana Ross, Christina Aguilera, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Adele, Joss Stone and the late Amy Winehouse.

In her lifetime, James received six Grammys, 17 Blues Music Awards, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame, and the Grammy Hall of Fame on two occasions.

In this musical tribute, written by acclaimed UK author John Livings, James' often turbulent life is detailed; from being raised by a series of of foster parents due to an absent mother, to how she met musician Johnny Otis, who gave her stage name by reversing her birthname, Jamesetta, to Etta James, and swiftly achieved great success on the international charts in the 1960s with a string of hits, including her signature song, 'At Last'.

But as James' fame and success grew, so did her drug addition and legal problems, which began to overshadow her career in the 1970s and 1980s and much of her later life.

However James continued to work through these personal issues and is now recognised as one of the few artists to have bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll. Her contribution to popular music is wide and varied - from R&B to jazz and blues to gospel - James' iconic voice inspired many.

At Last - The Etta James Story will feature an 8 piece band and Bull will give powerful renditions of some of James' most iconic songs, including 'Tell Mama,', 'Something's Got A Hold On Me', 'Pushover' and 'I'd Rather Go Blind'.

This production comes to the Clocktower Centre in February 2013, for a strictly limited season;

Friday, 15 February 2013 8:00 pm
Saturday, 16 February 2013 2:00 pm
Saturday, 16 February 2013 8:00 pm
Sunday, 17 February 2013 5:00 pm

Tickets are currently on sale through the Clocktower Centre website and are priced at $40 (concessions are available).

The production will then move to the Athenaeum Theatre, so do not miss this opportunity to see At Last - The Etta James Story in this unique venue, which is located in Moonee Ponds.

For more information on the Clocktower Centre, At Last - The Etta James Story and ticketing, please visit the official website.
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When: Feb 15 - 17
Phone: (03) 9243 9191
Where: Clocktower Centre
Cost: $40.00
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