Point Richmond Acoustic Presents Claudia Russell

Claudia Russell. Photo by Mindy Pines.

Point Richmond’s resident singer Claudia Russell will bring her eclectic blend of folk, blues and pop to Point Richmond Acoustic, Friday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. Russell will perform with her band, the Folk Unlimited Orchestra, with husband Bruce Kaplan on guitar Tom Tally on viola and violin. The concert is at the First Methodist Church at 201 Martina Ave. in Point Richmond. Special guest songwriter Monica Pasqual of the popular group Blame Sally opens the show. Tickets are $15. More information is available at www.pointacoustic.org. Russell is an award-winning singer/songwriter and was named Best Musician in the 2006 East Bay Express Reader’s Poll, Best New Artist by Boston Radio station WUMB and was nominated for Best Song by the Texas Music Awards. She and her band play an eclectic blend of folk woven from a patchwork of genres to form a unique, compelling sound. With an expressive voice that is as much at home on a whispery ballad as a full-tilt Buddy Holly-styled romp, she sings songs that deal with classic themes in her distinctive, unique way. Russell has just finished recording a new CD for a spring release, and will be previewing songs from it. But to many fans, it’s her live show where Russell shines the most. Sing Out magazine said, “Claudia Russell is a great performer…She can really sing. And her band – let’s just say they’re hot. Connect them to the power grid and they’d light up a medium-sized town.” Point Richmond Acoustic is co-sponsored by Point Richmond Music, Folk Unlimited and the First Methodist Church. Visit www.pointcacoustic.org for more information or contact Pt. Richmond Acoustic at folkunlimited@att.net.
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