Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist, and official 2018 Texas State Musician, Marcia Ball was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in October 2018 alongside Ray Charles and Los Lobos. Previous inductees include Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, Asleep At The Wheel, Loretta Lynn and Townes Van Zandt.
On Saturday, Aug. 31, this roadhouse riot arrives in Maine to perform at the Opera House in Boothbay Harbor. According to Ball, being inducted into the Hall of Fame was among the biggest honors of her career, “Some of my most memorable musical moments have been as a performer or in the audience at an Austin City Limits show. I was always honored to be asked to play ACL and I am thrilled and grateful to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame.”
Currently celebrating 50 years as a professional musician, Ball has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage.
“Rollicking, playful, good-time blues and intimate, reflective balladry...her songs ring with emotional depth,” says Rolling Stone. “A welcome ray of sunshine…Ball is a killer pianist, a great singer and songwriter. Potent blues, sweet zydeco, soulful, fast and furious Texas boogie…heartfelt, powerful and righteous,” adds Billboard.
Born in Orange, Texas in 1949 to a family whose female members all played piano, Ball grew up in the small town of Vinton, Louisiana, right across the border from Texas. She began taking piano lessons at age five, playing old Tin Pan Alley and popular music tunes from her grandmother’s collection. But it wasn’t until she was 13 that Marcia discovered the power of soul music. One day in New Orleans in 1962, she sat amazed as Irma Thomas delivered the most spirited and moving performance the young teenager had ever seen. A few years later she attended Louisiana State University, where she played some of her very first gigs with a blues-based rock band called Gum.
“Marcia Ball is a tornado,” said Opera House Executive Director Cathy Sherrill. “If you haven't seen her play, it's a carnival of music. She's wild fun and the perfect act to hit the stage on Labor Day Weekend in celebration of Harbor Fest and the summer of 2019 and all things fun.”
This show is made possible thanks to generous support from J. Edward Knight Insurance and the Carl Larrabee Agency.
Advance discounted tickets, $30, are available from the box office until 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30. Regular tickets are $35 and available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and on the day of the concert. Seating is general admission with doors opening at 7 p.m. The upstairs bar opens at 6:30 for ticket holders, and the music blasts off at 7:30.