Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

BONNIE RAITT Returns To Philadelphia for Academy of Music Performance, June 16

MARCH 21, 2012

   Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Presents in    Association with Larry Magid Entertainment Group

With Special Guest Mavis Staples

Tickets on Sale, Friday March 23

2012 is shaping up to be the year of Bonnie Raitt. On the heels of releasing Slipstream, a bold, soulful effort that marks her first studio release in seven years (April 10, Redwing Records), Raitt embarks on the first leg of her 70-date tour on May 1.  On Saturday, June 16, she will make a stop in Philadelphia to perform with special guest Mavis Staples at the Academy of Music. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, March 23 at 9 a.m.

Raitt will be accompanied by her longtime touring band of James "Hutch" Hutchinson (bass), Ricky Fataar (drums), and George Marinelli (guitar), with the new addition of Mike Finnigan (Joe Cocker, CSN, Etta James, Jimi Hendrix) on keyboards.

Said Raitt of her band, "They're all incredibly talented and we fit like a glove...we've got a great thing going and can't wait to get back out on the road."

Tickets for  Bonnie Raitt with special guest Mavis Staples are available for $45.50 - $85.50, and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office located on Broad and Spruce streets, Philadelphia, Pa. (open daily from 10am to 6pm, later on performance evenings).

Bonnie Raitt's reinvented version of Gerry Rafferty's hit "Right Down The Line," is the first single from Slipstream and has "just the right note of rueful worldly wisdom - and on her guitar solo, she shreds" (Rolling Stone). The single is currently racing up the AAA radio chart, breaking into the Top 20 in less than 2 weeks. Listen to "Right Down the Line" now on RollingStone.com

Full of heated guitar solos and Raitt's trademark slide guitar, Slipstream is available for presale now at iTunes and Amazon. Called a Best Bet for 2012 by Billboard Magazine, the album will hit all major music retailers nationwide on April 10, including 7,500 Starbucks in North America who will also feature the album track "Down To You" as their "Pick of the Week."

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KIMMEL CENTER, INC., a charitable, not-for-profit organization, owns, manages, supports and maintains The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which includes Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, Innovation Studio and the Merck Arts Education Center. Kimmel Center, Inc. also manages the Academy of Music, owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. Our mission is to operate a world class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience which includes providing arts in education, community outreach and a rich diversity of programming. The 2011/2012 season is sponsored by Citi. For additional information, visit kimmelcenter.org. 

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