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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 19, 2006

(Mahwah) – Marcia Ball, known as the Gulf Coast Blues Lady, will perform Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m. in the Sharp Theater on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey.

With her distinctive New Orleans-style piano playing, singing and songwriting, along with her foot-stomping band, blues artist Marcia Ball will create a romping, foot-tapping roadhouse full of passion.

For more than 30 years, she has been delivering her signature brand of Texas blues, Louisiana R&B and Gulf Coast swamp pop to audiences.  Ball has released her fist full-length live album, LIVE!  DOWN THE ROAD, a blistering set recorded at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in 2004.  This follows nine previous albums.  The CD mixes songs from throughout her career, including longtime fan favorites La Ti Da” and Crawfishin,'” as well as new material like Louella.”

Ball, a Louisiana native, is the winner of the coveted 2004 W.C. Handy Blues Award for both Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the Year.  She comes from a family whose female members all played piano.  She discovered the blues when she was 13, as she sat amazed while Irma Thomas delivered a soulful and spirited performance.  Years later, in 1997, she finished a three divas of the blues” project for the Rounder record label in the distinguished company of Thomas.

Tickets for Marcia Ball’s performance are $25 for adults, $22 for senior citizens and $15 for youth.  The Sharp Theater is located in the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus.  For more information call 201.684.7844.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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