Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball will perform at the KUNI Blues Blowout in Waterloo on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Ball's latest release is her Grammy-nominated Alligator Records CD, "Roadside Attractions." Her groove-laden New Orleans R&B, heart-wrenching ballads and driving Gulf Coast blues have made Ball a one-of-a-kind favorite of music fans everywhere. Ball's music mixes equal parts simmering soul fervor and rollicking Crescent City piano. Over the course of her career, Ball's infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional songs have won her a loud and loyal international fan base. The details:
  • KUNI Blues Blowout - Pianist Marcia Ball
  • Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • Electric Park Ballroom, 310 West Conger Street, Waterloo, IA
  • Tickets: $30 advance / $35 door
  • More info: www.iowapublicradio.org or 800-861-8000
  • *See website for complete line-up
Living the life she loves, Marcia has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. "Forty years of roadside attractions and the life of roaming 'round has never worn thin," she proudly says. "I love it when the wheels start rolling, when the band starts playing, when the crowds start dancing." Now, with "Roadside Attractions" and a long list of high profile tour dates, Ball will bring her blend of Texas roadhouse boogie and Louisiana swamp blues to fans around the globe. "What's not to like about Marcia Ball?" asked The Austin Chronicle. "Scrumptious, Southern-fried boogies, blues, and ballads with the infectious street beat of New Orleans at the core." Clearly, in whatever city she performs or wherever her songs play, there is no better roadside attraction than the foot-stomping, soul-stirring music of the great Marcia Ball. "Roadside Attractions" is her fifth release for Alligator, and the fourth to receive a Grammy nomination. Recently, Ball received the 2013 Living Blues Readers' Award: Most Outstanding Musician--Keyboard. She also won three 2012 Living Blues Readers' Awards: Blues Artist Of The Year--Female, Most Outstanding Musician--Keyboard and Best Blues Album Of 2011 for "Roadside Attractions" In 2012, Ball received a Blues Music Award (BMA) for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Of The Year. She has now won a total of nine BMAs. She was inducted into the Gulf Coast Hall of Fame in 2010 and into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2012.