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9 WALLIS PRE-SHOW DINNER $19.95

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Critically Acclaimed Shows ... Up Close & Personal
GINA SICILIA
DATE Saturday, April 28, 2018
TIME 8:00PM (Doors 7:00PM)
VENUE
9 Wallis (see map & parking)
9 Wallis Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Venue Details
TICKETS ALL AGES RESERVED SEATS $19.50, $23.50 All Seats $28 at the Door
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Last year, Gina Sicilia captivated a packed house with her extraordinary voice and deeply personal songwriting. This April, she returns with over 20 new songs and a hit record.

Not since Susan Tedeschi has a young female Blues singer made such an impression...remarkable voice
-Blues Revue
Earthy, voluptuous voice
-Boston Globe

Gina's acclaimed new CD "Tug of War" hit #1 on the Roots Music Report and has been on the iTunes "Hot Tracks" list for over 7 months.

Don't miss Gina Sicilia's only Massachusetts show on her Northeast U.S. Tour at the most intimate, elegant listening room on Boston's North Shore!

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ABOUT GINA SICILIA

A songwriting and sonic breakthrough

Dynamic vocalist and live performer Gina Sicilia's new album, Tug of War, celebrates her status as one of the reigning voices in modern blues and marks a potent evolution in her songwriting. The 11-song set is Sicilia's seventh release since her emergence as a doyenne of the genre a decade ago. Today, Sicilia's experience and the fully realized powers of her warm, flexible, emotionally nuanced singing resonate like never before.

Tug of War's title alludes to the complexities of life, which ring throughout this album's original tracks, mostly written by Sicilia. And it speaks of her own experiences. "I've been through a lot in the past three years," she relates. "I suffered through a painful and dramatic event in my life and needed to start over, so I moved to Nashville—where I didn't know anybody, and went into a period of really challenging myself as a songwriter."

That desire to raise the bar on her own artistry was an important part of Sicilia's decision to relocate from her native Philadelphia to Nashville. "Becoming part of a community that includes some of the best songwriters and musicians in the world has been inspiring," she explains. "On any night of the week, you can hear amazing performances and great songs that sound so truthful and deep. I took that inspiration to heart.

"Being exposed to that, and having dealt with the deep sadness that I felt, I decided that I needed to push myself to be more open, personal and vulnerable in my writing. Even if it hurts. And you can hear that on Tug of War."

"Damaging Me" bares all of the emotions Sicilia experienced—detailing the toll on her "bruised, battered and scarred" heart over an infectioussnare beat, with a sweet-toned guitar break that leads toward a brighter future as she's "picking all my pieces off the floor." "I Don't Want to Be in Love" plays like a sequel to "Damaging Me" as it plumbs the worry of feeling the tug of love again after suffering heartbreak, and takes the album closer to Memphis with its Hi Records and Stax inspired arrangement. Sicilia co-wrote the song with Dave Darling, who produced fellow Blue Elan blues artist Janiva Magness' 2016 Grammy-nominated Love Wins Again.

Darling plays guitar and produced that tune as well as a soul-soaked take on the Beatles "All My Loving," where Sicilia's voice and Darling's tremolo'd six-string perform a delicate pas de deux—accomplishing the rare feat of bringing something wholly original to a familiar classic. The majority of the album was produced by multiple Grammy winner Glenn Barratt, who also helmed Sicilia's 2013 release, It Wasn't Real. Barratt produced the five tracks on last year's Sunset Avenue, a teaser for Tug of War whose songs also appear on the new album.

"Dave and Glenn are both magnificent to work with," Sicilia relates. "They are dedicated to keeping the sessions fun while respecting the songs and getting timeless sounds on tape. I loved every minute of making this album with them."

Another timeless element of Tug of War is its strong base in blues, the genre that Sicilia has pursued with limitless passion since her bold, dark-honey voice made her a sensation singing in jams at Warmdaddy's, a Philadelphia jazz and blues club, when she was just 19. "The blues is the starting point for everything to me," she says. "Not only because my early heroes Etta James, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Bobby Bland come from that style, but because it's the basis of most forms of American music—even today.

"Soul music, one of the deepest avenues of blues, is a direction I wanted to pursue more with this album," Sicilia says. "It seemed right for the more personal songs I was writing." She also revisits several soul classics, including the percolating "He Called Me Baby," which was previously recorded by Patsy Cline and, closer to the stylistic bone, by Candi Staton at Muscle Shoals' FAME Studios in 1971.

Yet another number, the addictively upbeat early-'60s classic "Tell Him," by songwriter Bert Berns, is an echo from the days of the Great American Songbook. Sicilia's performance is a nod to one of her mentors, the Philadelphia-based composer and musician Russell Faith. Faith wrote songs for Sinatra and other interpreters of the Songbook, including Nat "King" Cole and Sarah Vaughan. "He encouraged me to sing and, really, it took his death in 2004 to inspire me to get up on the stage at Warmdaddy's for the first time," she explains.

"Tell Him" is also part of her earliest musical roots. Sicilia began to sing when she was only two years old, and wrote her first song at age 12. "When I was a very little girl," she notes, "I sang "Tell Him" in the bathtub."

Although Sicilia had planned a career in journalism, her natural gifts made music a stronger draw. While she was still in college, her 2007 debut, Allow Me to Confess, was released. After that, things happened fast. She was signed by one of the nation's premier roots music booking agencies just one week later and began to tour the globe, play major festivals and rise up the blues charts. The album garnered her first Blues Music Award nomination, for Best Debut Artist.

Since then Sicilia has remained in the upper echelon of female blues vocalists, regularly releasing albums that earn accolades and ride the charts, and playing 150 dates each year. Asked about her passion for making music and her tireless pace, Sicilia replies: "Working—writing songs, touring, recording—motivates me. That keeps me inspired and focused. I've learned that hard work and experience are what it takes to grow and become a better artist. And I see myself as always evolving, reaching for a kind of perfection within the music I love to make. I'm not sure I'll ever find it, but I'll never stop searching."

ABOUT 9 WALLIS

9 Wallis
9 Wallis Street, Beverly MA - next to the Larcom Theatre
National Touring Artists
Regular performances by national touring artists
9 Wallis Stage
The most intimate, elegant listening room on Boston's North Shore
Crescent shaped solid oak bar
Crescent shaped solid oak bar
Fine Wines, Local Craft Beers, Specialty Cocktails & Top Shelf Spirits
Serving Fine Wines, Local Craft Beers, Specialty Cocktails & Top Shelf Spirits
9 Wallis Stage
Comfortable cabaret-style seating at elegant tables
Corky Laing and his band
Up close and personal
Henri Smith Mardi Gras Concert
Feel like you're part of the band
Jon Butcher's SOLD OUT CD Release Concert at 9 Wallis
Jon Butcher's SOLD OUT CD Release Concert at 9 Wallis
9 Wallis Stage
High-Five from Grammy-nominee Jon Butcher [photo by Michael Sparks Keegan]
Eric Gales SOLD OUT SHOW at 9 Wallis
Eric Gales SOLD OUT SHOW at 9 Wallis
BARRY GOUDREAU'S ENGINE ROOM SOLD OUT SHOW at 9 Wallis
Barry Goudreau (formerly of BOSTON) and his new band, Engine Room SOLD OUT SHOW at 9 Wallis
Henri Smith Mardi Gras Concert w/ Grammy-winners Charles Neville & Amadee Castenell
Henri Smith Mardi Gras Concert w/ Grammy-winners CHARLES NEVILLE & AMADEE CASTENELL
Barrence Whitfield with former Savages
Local Soul Star BARRENCE WHITFIELD and former Savages rock a sold-out crowd! [photo: Ted Reed]
Rock Legend Corky Laing of MOUNTAIN
Rock Legend Corky Laing of MOUNTAIN kicks off his 2017 US Tour at 9 Wallis
British Blues/Rock pioneer Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown CD Release Concert
Savoy Brown CD Release Concert
Gary Hoey
Rock Guitar God Gary Hoey's SOLD OUT Show!
Davy Knowles w/ Johnny A.
Davy Knowles SOLD OUT Show with surprise guest Johnny A.
Loretta LaRoche - Dinner and Comedy at 9 Wallis
Loretta LaRoche - Dinner & Comedy
Drum Shop North Shore Drum Hang
Drum Shop North Shore's Drum Hang w/Fabio Pirozzolo and Steve Mossberg
Dancing
Best Dance Floor on Boston's North Shore
Rev. Bennett
The Rev. Andre Bennett speaks at Beverly's Martin Luther King Community Breakfast JANUARY 2018
Roomful of Blues
5 Time Grammy Nominees Roomful of Blues at our Grand Opening APRIL 1 2017
Quentin Callewaert
Young Rising Star Quentin Callewaert at our Grand Opening APRIL 1 2017
Elegant seated dinner party
Appetizers for a private party
Elegant Buffet Dinner

About 25 miles north of Boston, award-winning 9 Wallis is a gorgeous, fully restored, historic location conveniently situated in the heart of Downtown Beverly's Arts District at 9 Wallis Street, right next to the Larcom Theatre -- less than half a mile from the Beverly Depot rail station and 3 miles from Route 128, with plenty of nearby parking (see map).

In April 2017, after 4 years of presenting over a hundred award-winning concerts at Beverly's Larcom Theatre, we transformed 9 Wallis into most intimate, elegant listening room north of Boston with comfortable seating at tables, plus food & beverage service offering fine wines, local craft beers, specialty cocktails (featuring local distilleries and all-natural juices) and top-shelf spirits.

In August 2018, 9 Wallis owners, Peter and Vickie Van Ness, were presented with the Boston Blues Society's Keeping the Blues Alive Award for their work at 9 Wallis.

Because of its beautifully restored, tremendously flexible space (including the best dance floor on Boston's North Shore) 9 Wallis has become a favorite venue for fundraisers, private parties and corporate events. Local charities have raised thousands of dollars at 9 Wallis. We can book world-class entertainment, including national touring artists, for your event. Our stage, with state-of-the-art sound and lighting plus Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) 4K Video, can accommodate any performance or presentation. If you'd like someone to contact you about raising money for your charity CLICK HERE. If you want to book a party or corporate event CLICK HERE.

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PLENTY OF NEARBY PARKING SEE PARKING MAP

There is plenty of nearby parking at 7 lots from 150 feet away to 3 blocks away. Lots are 25 Cents/Hour (see map). Street parking is more. All parking is FREE after 8pm and on Sundays.

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