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SUBJECT: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center presents Mercedes Nicole in Prisoner of Love - a tribute to Etta James!

10/3/2012  2:41:00 PM

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center presents Mercedes Nicole in Prisoner of Love - a tribute to Etta James!

Jazz sensation Mercedes Nicole and her All Star Jazz Band will present a music tribute to the late, great Etta James that will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 6 at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S.

Etta James is a Grammy-award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and one of the most dynamic jazz, gospel, R&B, rock and soul singers in music. She died on January 20, 2012.

Nicole’s all - star band includes Hans Brehmer on piano, Asama Ofifi on bass, D'Vonne Lewis on drums, and all the way from Las Vegas, Darren Motamedy on sax. Opening the show will be the fabulous New Hope Baptist Church’s "Men of Hope" men’s chorus.

Tickets are available at for $18.50 or $20 at the door. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. For more information, please call 206-684-4758.


LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER celebrates, nurtures, presents, and preserves African American and Diaspora performing arts, cultural wealth and iconic legacies.  Named for the prolific African American artist Langston Hughes, LHPAC is a multi-media performing arts institution that brings a consistent artistic and pluralistic voice by and about Black people, local, national and global for the greater Seattle artistic landscape. Year round programming includes, film, dance, theatre and music.

Mercedes Nicole was the featured artist in February 2008 for Seattle Jazz Vespers, accompanied by the renowned pianist Overton Berry and his Trio. She debuted her vocal talent by headlining at Demetrio’s Jazz Alley in 2009 and 2010 to standing room only crowds. In the 2005 Earshot Jazz Festival, Mercedes was one of the featured artists in the "Jackson Street Jazz Poetry Session.” Mercedes is the writer, producer and vocalist for a jazz tribute to the late Dr. Nina Simone, entitled "Strange Fruit," which continues to be performed to standing room audiences.

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