the Etta James story

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 15-Apr-2016

Vika Bull puts her heart, soul and funk into the amazing story of Etta James.

Etta James not only sang the blues... she lived the blues. 

In 1938 America had endured a full decade of hardships and economic misery as The Great Depression wreaked havoc across the damaged land. 

It was to this turbulent backdrop that a 14-year-old African American girl gave birth to a baby daughter named Jamesetta Hawkins, but the world would come to know her as Etta. Etta James. 

During a long and tumultuous career that saw her win six Grammy Awards and a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Etta James has influenced a vast array of artists from Diana Ross, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart and is acknowledged as inspiring the careers of a new generation of singers from Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone, Adele and the late Amy Winehouse. 

Sadly Etta’s frantic recording and touring schedule coincided with her ever-growing addiction problems. 

Mercifully, her passion for life and strength of character saw her conquer her demons and she continued to record and perform into her 70s. 

Starring the sensational Vika Bull this smash-hit narrative concert tells the story of soul legend Etta James’ turbulent life and features some of her most beloved songs including Tell Mama, Something’s Got A Hold On Me, Pushover, the heart rending I’d Rather Go Blind, her iconic signature song At Last and many more. 

Audiences will find themselves spellbound by this story when it is told at Ulumbarra Theatre on Saturday, April 16 at 8pm.


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