Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Paramount Theatre
Denver, CO

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Paramount Theatre
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Phone: (303) 825-4904
1621 Glenarm
Denver, CO 80202
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What’s the 4th Street Feeling? “4th Street is in Leavenworth,” says Melissa Etheridge. That’s her home town in Kansas, pop. 25,000, known mostly for its prison and Armybase. And it’s the place evoked in the title, and title song, of 4th StreetFeeling, the 12th studio album of her singular, 25-year recording career. “It’s kind of the main drag, starting in the old downtown,” she says of her old stomping grounds. “I remember the first McDonald’s in town there. The town’s pretty small. That’s where we would hang out, the Burger King parking lot, the football games. Everything was on Fourth Street. That’s where we would cruise. And then it turns into Highway 7 that goes out of town to Kansas City.” That’s exactly where the album opens, with the bluesy, harmonica-spiced “Kansas City.” The scene is set with Etheridge driving in “my old man’s Delta 88,” reliving road-trips fueled on “Lucky Charms, Tic Tacs and Mom’s amphetamines.” Only this time, the woman who left Leavenworth for Hollywood years ago is taking herself — and us — home. It’s a trip to where she’s from. But also a trip to where she’s headed. There are “all the untold lies of my misspent youth,” as she sings in the funky coming-ofage tale “The Shadow of the Black Crow,” a song in the storytelling tradition of such cherished artists as the Eagles and Bob Seger. There is the demand to “Be Real” (“You can’t manufacture me, because I like it naturally”), a song in which she says she nods lovingly to the sultry, sexy soul of Rufus with Chaka Khan and Sly and the Family Stone. And she voyages into new territories of folky rock with the first single, “Falling Up,” a joyful, upbeat track featuring her spirited recording debut on the banjitar, a hybrid banjo-guitar. The fuel for this trek is her inner strength and confidence. In part it comes from recognition — 2012 has seen her awarded with a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame, and tapped to be honored by the National Women’s Museum of Art in Washington, DC in the fall. But more so, if it comes f
Ticket Price: Price: $39.50 - $79.50
Door Time:7:00 p.m.
Show Time:8:00 p.m.

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