Lazar Bear is proud to present Maria Muldaur & Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band. From her 1974 Mega Hit “Midnight At The Oasis” to today, Maria is on tour in support of her latest release on Stoney Plain Records “Steady Love”, her seventh album for the Edmonton based independent label, and her 39th album release. Self-produced by Muldaur, “Steady Love” is one of the most accessible, joyful and soul satisfying releases in her ever growing catalog of memorable music.
Maria continues to explore American Roots Music, Blues, Jazz, Swamp Funk & Gospel, developing what she calls “Bluesiana Music” - her own brand of New Orleans-flavored Blues, R&B and “Swamp Funk.” Steady Love reached #1 on the Living Blues Chart, and garnered her another nomination for Best Traditional Female Blues Artist from the Blues Foundation. One thing for sure, she always delivers powerful & soulful “Bluesiana” performances.
Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 52-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. During the folk revival of the early '60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the '60s.
In the 42 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums), before settling comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues, in recent years. Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammy and other awards.
Her critically acclaimed 2001 Stony Plain Records release, Richland Woman Blues, was nominated for a Grammy and by the Blues Foundation as Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year, as was the follow up to that album, Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul. Her timely 2008 album, Yes We Can!, featured songs from some of the most socially conscious songwriters of the past half century: Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Allen Toussaint, Garth Brooks and others, and featured her “Women’s Voices for Peace Choir,” which included: Bonnie Raitt, Joan, Baez, Jane Fonda, Odetta, Phoebe Snow, Holly Near and others.
For her 2009 release, Maria revisited her original Jug Band roots, teaming up with John Sebastian, David Grisman and Dan Hicks. Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy garnered Maria her 6th Grammy nomination, and was also nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year by The Blues Foundation.
In 2011, detouring from her ongoing exploration of acoustic Vintage Blues, Maria released Steady Love, returning to her much-beloved New Orleans (the place she calls her “musical and spiritual home”) to record a contemporary electric Blues album that reflects the kind of music she loves to perform live - what she calls “Bluesiana Music” - her own brand of New Orleans-flavored Blues, R&B and “Swamp Funk.” Steady Love reached #1 on the Living Blues Chart, and garnered her another nomination for Best Traditional Female Blues Artist from the Blues Foundation.
In 2012, for her 40th album, Maria produced ….First Came Memphis Minnie, a loving tribute to the pioneering Blues woman who inspired and influenced so many female Blues artists who followed in her footsteps, many of whom joined Maria on this special project: Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Ruthie Foster, Koko Taylor and Rory Block accompanied by the amazing guitar work of Del Rey, David Bromberg, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Roy Rogers, Bob Margolin, Steve James and Steve Freund. Maria considers Memphis Minnie to be a trailblazing musical pioneer for all women, but also a personal Blues hero. “From that first moment I heard her soulful music on an old scratchy 78 to this,” says Maria, “Memphis Minnie, and the example she set for me, has remained a profound influence on my life and my music.”
In 2013, taking a brief hiatus from her yearly recording schedule, Maria focused on 3 special collaborations, performing worldwide with her old Jug Band mates, in a series of 50th Anniversary Kweskin Jug Band Reunion concerts, teaming up with the Campbell Brothers, world-renowned Sacred Steel Gospel artists, for a very special presentation entitled, “Spirit & The Blues”, touring as Special Guest Artist with Bill Wyman and The Rhythm Kings. as well as continuing to perform with her own Red Hot Bluesiana Band.
2014 marked 40 years since her big hit “Midnight at the Oasis” was riding at the top of the pop charts and she has released 40 albums in that time!!! To celebrate this milestone, Maria created a multi-media retrospective - WAY PAST MIDNIGHT, chronicling her 52 year journey “to the Oasis and Beyond”. This special presentation features all her hits, & her most-requested-over-the-years "fan faves", as well as the best of her most recent work. She shares stories of her personal encounters, friendships, and collaborations with many of the greatest names in Music, along with photos & videos from her early days in the 60's folk revival with The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, through her years of "pop stardom", & on to her continuing exploration of American Roots Music, Blues, Bluesiana, Jazz & Gospel. In 2014 and 2015 Maria toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada with her Way Past Midnight show.
Maria Muldaur continues to tour regularly worldwide, and is available for festivals, concerts, club dates, workshops and residencies.
May 24 - Oahu
Blue Note Hawaii
2335 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu, Hi. 96815
Venue: 808-808-777-4890 Tickets: $30. $40. $50.
Two Shows: 6:30 pm. / 9:00 pm.
May 25, Thurs. - Maui
Maui Arts & Cultural Center - McCoy Theater
One Cameron Way, Wailuku, Hi. 96732
Venue: 808-242-SHOW (7469) Tickets: $55. $65. Reserved
Doors: 7:00 pm Show: 7:30 pm.
May 26, Fri. - Kauai
Kauai Marriott Resort Ballroom
3610 Rice St. Lihue, Hi. 96766
Venue: 808-245-5050 Tickets: $40. $55. Gold Circle www.lazarbear.com or call: 808-896-4845
Doors: 6:00 pm Show: 7:00 pm.
Signed instrument auction benefiting Kauai Lifeguard Assoc.
May 27, Saturday - Big Island
Honoka’a Peoples Theaters
45-3574 Mamane st. Honoka’a, Hi. 96727
Information: 808-896-4845 $40. $55. Gold Circle www.lazarbear.com or call: 808-896-4845
Doors: 6:00 pm Show: 7:00 pm.
May 28, Sun.
Kilauea Theater KMC - Volcanoes National Park (No National Park Fee)
Volcano, Hi. 96785
Information: 808-967-8335 $40. Gen Adm. Adv. $55. Gold Circle www.lazarbear.com or call: 808-896-4845
Doors: 6:30 pm. Show: 7:00 pm.
A portion of the proceeds to benefit The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences and The Volcano Rotary Mike Nelson Scholarship Fund
Online information, tickets and Gold Circle: www.lazarbear.com or call: 808-896-4845
Oahu: www.bluenotehawaii.com or call: 808-7774890
Maui: MACC Box Office 808-242- SHOW (7469) or www.mauiarts.org
Kauai: Kauai Music & Sound - Kapaa, Hanalei Music & Strings - Hanalei, K-Mart - Kukui Grove Shopping Ctr., Scotty’s Music - Lihue, Progressive Expressions - Koloa, Jacqueline On Kauai - Hanapepe
Big Island: Kona Music Exchange, Sound Wave Music - Kona; Kiernan's Music - Old Town Kainaliu; Waimea General Store - Parker Square, Kamuela; Taro Patch Gifts - Honoka'a; Hilo Guitars, CD Wizard, Hilo Music Exchange, Hilo; Kea’au Natural Foods - Kea’au and Eagles Lighthouse Cafe - Volcano Village
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