Australia's 'First Lady of Blues' to play Martini's


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Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2014, 12:07 pm
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
Anni Piper, Australia's award-winning "First Lady of Blues," continues her winter tour with a show this Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Martini's On The Rock Grille & Bar, 4619 34th St., Rock Island.

Admission is $7 if you are a Mississippi Valley Blues Society member, or $10 if you are not a member (membership applications will be available at the door).

Ms. Piper recently won "Best Blues Album" at the 2013 Canberra Roots & Blues Awards in Australia for her collaborative effort with Nicole Hart on the critically-lauded "Split Second" (Blues Leaf Records). Ms. Piper also is nominated in the "Female Vocalist Of The Year" category for the 2014 Australian Blues Music Awards.

In 2005, she won "Best New Talent" at the 2005 Australian Blues Music Awards. Subsequent album releases include 2007's "Texas Hold 'Em," 2010's "Chasin' Tail" (released by Blues Leaf), and her newest, 2013's "Split Second." Blues Leaf also released "Two's Company," a compilation from her two Australian releases. Throughout her career, "Piper's charismatic stage presence and sultry vocals have garnered her both great reviews and multiple music industry awards nominations," according to a promotional release.

"Split Second" has received international radio airplay and was a recent "Pick to Click" on SiriusXM's popular "Bluesville" show. Dr. Blues wrote: "When two hot mama blues divas get it together, you can assure (sic) that fireworks are in store. Piper and Hart lead and follow, harmonize and highlight each other like sisters from another mother while the band provides all the heat needed to keep things at a boil."

For more information, visit annipiper.com.



















 



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1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
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