Maria Muldaur has offered music fans a career characterized by her ability to interpret a variety of musical styles, beginning with her early exploration of jug band and folk music to her explorations of pop, blues, jazz and country. Her performances can be as musically varied or focused as her audience and their interests
Following closely on her recent appearance at the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth, Minnesota, Maria Muldaur performed at The Dakota Bar & Grill in St. Paul's Bandana Square, featuring songs from her latest CD release A Woman Alone With The Blues - The Songs of Peggy Lee and her 1991 release Jazzabelle. Backed by the Joshua Wolfe Trio, Maria entertained a very appreciative audience with a jazz oriented, two-set performance on the first evening of her two-night stand at The Dakota.
The entertainment for evening opened without Maria as the Joshua Wolfe Trio introduced themselves with an instrumental number featuring solos by all members of the Trio; Joshua Wolfe (piano), Gordy Johnson (acoustic bass) and Joe Pulice (drums). Following the opening instrumental Maria Muldaur stepped onto the stage to perform her opening number, "I'm A Woman." The eleven song opening set included some great renditions of some true classics such as Peggy Lee's "theme song," "Fever"; "Your Molecular Structure" originally written and performed by the incomparable Mose Allison; Abby Lincoln's classic, "Long As You're Living"; and several great songs written and recorded by Ms. Peggy Lee, such as "I Don't Know Enough About You," "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'" and "Some Cats Know." Between songs, Maria told stories, made some jokes and maintained a nice rapport with the audience, many who I noticed singing along with Maria on several songs.
Whether she is singing jazz, blues, pop, folk or jug band music, Maria Muldaur is always entertaining and a true modern American treasure. To find out more about Maria, her recordings and her stellar musical career, visit her website at www.mariamuldaur.com. To find out about upcoming shows at The Dakota, as well as to learn more about the venue's move from St. Paul Bandana Square to downtown Minneapolis, you can visit their website at www.dakotacooks.com.
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