About this Event
Chicago actor/singer/shapeshifter Bethany Thomas pays tribute to one of rock music's most treasured, versatile and unmistakable voices—Linda Ronstadt. Join BT and her Band of Geniuses as they revisit some of Linda's definitive takes of classic tunes like "Desperado", "Blue Bayou", "Different Drum" and "Tumblin' Dice".
About Bethany Thomas
Bethany Thomas is a Chicago-based singer, actor and writer with credits at the The Goodman, Writers Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Porchlight, Court, Milwaukee Rep, and Northlight Theatre—where she recently starred as Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas in the the one-woman tour-de-force Songs For Nobodies. She's also frequently entangled with Chicago institutions The Neo Futurists, Steppenwolf, Second City, Backroom Shakespeare Project, The Fly Honeys, The Paper Machete, and The Hideout. Bethany is a proud recipient of a Joseph Jefferson Award and Black Theater Alliance Award, and a 3Arts Award in music.
As a singer/songwriter, BT tours and records with Jon Langford (The Mekons, Waco Brothers), and recently released two critically acclaimed original rock albums—Material Flats (with Tawny Newsome) and the solo BT/She/Her. Find Bethany's music on iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify and everywhere else. Catch her live on stage all summer in the downtown cirque sensation Teatro Zinzanni.
Bethany Thomas regales us with vocal impressions so finespun that you too might imagine that recordings of these legendary divas are now going to sound counterfeit. Breathtaking, startling, stunning, astonishing — this writer can’t think of enough synonyms to say Thomas amazes.
—Picture this Post
Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas… you’d imagine it would be impossible for a single singer to do justice to such a disparate group of musical artists… which brings us to Bethany Thomas.
Ms Thomas is a combination of Lady Gaga, Christine Aguilera and Maria Callas.
—Chicago Theater Review
A strong female vocalist, who often has a bit of a Gwen Stefani edgy bemusement
—Blues Rock Review
Something of a cross of Yes and Minnie Ripperton
From rock to blues, from soul to punk, from the Hideout to the Lyric Opera, Bethany Thomas is a powerhouse of the arts.
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