November 16, 2006

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An all-chick show
Lisa Marie (no, not that one) organizes a traveling, rotating show
By Bill Copeland news@hippopress.com

Lisa Marie and All Shook Up have been cranking it up at blues rooms all over New England for four years. When Lisa Marie brings her rotating cast of players to Del Vaudo's in Nashua this Saturday night, the line -up will be all female.

"I had come up with the idea of doing an all-chick line-up, just for fun," Lisa Marie said. "I thought it would be a great way to bring together some of the female artists that I had started to get to know and hear about."

"It seems that a lot of female artists were not really as well known as many of the usual blues artists who are well established. So I thought this might be a fun way to bring them to the forefront and get them a little attention," she said.

The female line-up is going to be a special event held a few times a year at different venues in different parts of New England. This Saturday's all-female line-up will not be a permanent band that Lisa Marie is going to be with all the time. The continued tradition of All Shook Up is for Lisa Marie to use as many different players as possible. She created the All Shook Up platform to create an opportunity for audiences to see different musicians and for her backing players to make new acquaintances. Regular members of her rotating cast might on some nights include Jason James, Greg Tower and Travis Colby (Roomful of Blues).

So the next time Lisa Marie hosts the all-female line-up she might use the same female rhythm section, but she will look for new female singers and guitarists.

"I want to feature different female artists," she said. "I'd like to move the show around to a few different areas."

Debuting with the female line-up will be Maine blues belter Liz Lannon, guitarist Stacy Queen, drummer Diane Gately (Boston Soul Review), and bass player Susan Goldberg.

"There's going to be a great feeling of sisterhood of being able to make music with other women who are also strong women who are also performers," Lisa Marie said. "I definitely want to showcase them to a different audience, perhaps people who have never seen these performers before. Some of them have been on the scene for a long time, so they have been well established on the New England blues scene."

Fans of Lisa Marie are assured they will not see the same show twice. The rotating cast always influences her set list. The all-female line-up at Del Vaudo's may feature songs that Liz Lannon played in her career or music from Diane Gately's current project as well as songs Lisa Marie favors.

"I try always to highlight my players' strengths. If I hire Jason James, there will be a lot more rockabilly. If I hire someone else, we may do more funk," she said.

Live girls!
Lisa Marie And All Shook Up will perform at Del Vaudo's this Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There is no cover charge. Del Vaudo's is located at 112 West Pearl St. in Nashua. For more information, visit www.lisamarieworld.com or call Del Vaudo's at 598-8007.