Sat, Sep 23|
Ground Zero Blues Club Biloxi
Irma Thomas (5pm show)
As the legendary Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas has been serving up pure rhythm and blues fire for more than half a century. In concert she lives up to her larger-than-life reputation, delivering passionate performances that showcase her rich, powerful voice and radiant personality.
Time & Location
Sep 23, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Ground Zero Blues Club Biloxi, 814 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS 39530, USA
About the event
Doors open at 4pm. Show time 5pm
Limited general admission seating near the stage will be on sale Friday, July 28th at 12:00 PM CST.
As the legendary Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas has been serving up pure rhythm and blues fire for more than half a century. In concert she lives up to her larger-than-life reputation, delivering passionate performances that showcase her rich, powerful voice and radiant personality. Thomas is a prodigiously gifted singer, and she surrounds herself with only the finest backing band. They are a razor-sharp group of jazz and blues virtuosos who expertly strike a balance between respectful restraint and unbridled gusto as they kick out groovy basslines, scorching horns, and funky beats. Ticket buyers looking to witness a soul legend in her prime won't want to miss the iconic Thomas and her incredible band any time they work their magic in concert.
Louisiana-born Irma Thomas grew up singing in a Baptist church choir before landing a gig singing with New Orleans bandleader Tommy Ridgley. After scoring a deal with local label Ron Records, a 19 year-old Thomas released her 1960 debut single (You Can Have My Husband but don't mess with My Man). The song was a hit, cracking the Top 40 on the R&B charts and paving the way for a string of successful mid-60's singles including "Wish Someone Would Care" and "Time Is on My Side." Thomas relocated to California in the 70's and released singles on various local labels, and in the early 80's she returned to New Orleans and opened her club the Lion's Den (a NOLA institution until it was wiped out by Hurricane Katrina in 2005). She earned GRAMMY nominations in 1991 for the album Live, Simply the Best and in 1999 for the bluesy Sing It! In 2007 she took home the win for Best Contemporary Blues Album GRAMMY for her critically acclaimed LP After the Rain. Since then she's been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, wowed fans with several appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and won two Blues Music Awards.