Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Fayette Senior Services Presents Rhapsody in Blues

A glamorous night of fabulous food and incredible music is planned for Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Center’s 3rd annual signature event to benefit Meals On Wheels, transportation, and other life enriching services to help Fayette’s seniors live well and age well. “Rhapsody in Blues” – an evening of Blue Denim, Blue Diamonds, & the Blues – will be Saturday, March 12, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. In concert will be Eden Brent ( performing torchy blues and sophisticated jazz and everything that lies in between.

Eden Brent’s piano playing and singing style ranges from a melancholic whisper to a full-blown juke joint holler. She ably blends an earthy meld of jazz, blues, soul, and pop as she huskily invites listeners into her lazy, lush world. Brent’s performances are fresh and spontaneous, often filled with audience requests and participation.

Much more than the blues flows through Brent’s talented hands: Critics laud her “Bessie Smith meets Diana Krall meets Janis Joplin” attitude, compare her to jazz/pop dynamos Norah Jones and Sarah Vaughn, and wax effusively about her “whiskey-smoke” voice.

Her unshakable talent and her carefree demeanor have taken her across the country and around the world, with appearances at the Kennedy Center, the 2000 Republican National Convention, the venerable Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and tours of South Africa and Norway under her belt.

With the 2008 release of her album Mississippi Number One, Brent has taken her place as one of the fresh voices propelling this vital American music forward. As Chip Eagle, publisher of Blues Revue, BluesWax, and Dirty Linen says, “in Eden’s huge playing and singing you can hear the ghosts of Mississippi in duet with the future of the blues.”

This unique “fun”-raising evening will include glittering door prizes, a dazzling raffle, and shopping for “bling” at the Blue Diamond Boutique.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for guests to mingle with friends while enjoying a sumptuous buffet prepared by Fayette Senior Services’ executive chef, Donnie Wuerl and Mary Jane Hollister of Something Delightful Bakery Cafe. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Food and beverages from the “Blue Denim Lounge,” will be available throughout the evening. Guests can enjoy the evening in the comfort of their best denim paired with dressy attire.

Tickets for this event are $85 per person (general seating). Reserved table seating is available for $100 per person. Seats are limited. Tickets are available at Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Center, 4 Center Drive, Fayetteville; Heritage Bank, 440 N. Jeff Davis Dr., Fayetteville; The Bank of Georgia, 100 Westpark Drive, Peachtree City; Bank of North Georgia, 602 Dogwood Trail, Tyrone. Or purchase tickets by phone, 770-461-0813.For more than 30 years, Fayette Senior Services, Inc. (FSS), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has been making a meaningful difference in the emotional, social, and physical well-being of older adults; preserving their independence, improving their quality of life, and connecting them to the community. For active older adults age 50+ Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Center offers a wide variety of social, leisure, fitness and recreational activities, the award-winning Ultimate Café, and more. For more information about Fayette Senior Services visit

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