Don’t miss this encore Brisbane performance that is selling out fast!
If you haven’t made plans for Valentine’s Day yet, maybe a visit to QPAC for the critically acclaimed ‘AT LAST- The Etta James Story’, starring the supremely talented Vika Bull and the Essential R & B Band will be the perfect treat.
Following standing ovations for the 2013 national tour, the show is returning to Brisbane for one night only on Friday 14 February.
Telling the story of one of the most influential soul singers of all time, AT LAST The Etta James Story was written by critically acclaimed UK author John Livings and premiered at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre on 19 February 2013 (just over a year after Etta James’ death in January 2012), then went on to play a sell-out season at Sydney Opera House in April before touring to Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide.
In the 1990s Etta became recognized as one of the first to bridge the gap between rhythm & blues, rock & roll, and pop. She has since inspired the careers of a new generation of artists such as Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse and Adele.
The star of the show, Vika Bull, is a commanding singer with an impressive career, having sung alongside some of Australia’s most iconic voices including Paul Kelly, John Farnham, Tim Finn and The Black Sorrows, and supported world famous musicians Bob Dylan, Sting, Joe Cocker and Billy Joel.
“Etta James has had a huge influence on my musical journey. Someone played her record to me when I had just started performing, and from then on I was hooked. She had a voice so powerful it could knock you over, and I just love her sassy cheekiness on stage,” Ms Bull says.
The narrative concert sees Vika put her heart into telling the story of Etta’s turbulent life and give her soul over to voice Etta’s most beloved songs including ‘Tell Mama,’ ‘Something’s Got A Hold On Me’, ‘Sugar On the Floor’, the heart rending ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’, her iconic signature song ‘At Last’ and many more.
Etta James’ prolific career was shadowed by recurring problems with drug addiction; her time spent playing to thousands of fans juxtaposed with periods inside several prisons and rehab clinics.
“Like many famous musicians Etta had a tough life, but she kept on coming back – singing and performing until she became ill in 2010. This show tells her incredible story and all I can say is I hope it does her justice,” Ms Bull says.
Producers Moira Bennett and Simon Myers from Room8 and Harley Medcalf from Duet are thrilled to have Vika Bull tell the story of Etta James.
“Vika is a phenomenal singer – her voice has a similar raw strength and depth of emotion to Etta’s, and that combined with her depth of experience in the music industry makes her the perfect fit,” Ms Bennett says.
Vika has maintained a successful music career since the 1980s, when she and her sister Linda helped The Black Sorrows to achieve multi-platinum status. Since then they have released their own albums (the first produced by Paul Kelly) and performed on some of the biggest stages in the world. Backed by the sizzling Essential R&B Band, Vika Bull will sing Etta James’ songs with raw emotion, punctuated by an intimate telling of Etta’s tumultuous life.
Half of the tickets for this show have already sold, so get in quick to avoid disappointment.