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Melissa Etheridge (Photo provided by Artpark & Company)
Melissa Etheridge (Photo provided by Artpark & Company)

Melissa Etheridge to perform at Artpark on Aug. 24

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Tue, Jun 15th 2021 04:40 pm

Part of ‘Tuesdays in the Park’ concert series

√ Tickets on sale Friday

Melissa Etheridge will perform on the Artpark Amphitheater stage at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24. The concert is part of “Tuesdays in the Park” with featured act sponsor Miller Lite.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 18, and cost $55 for Front-of-Stage (standing-room-only); $60 for Reserved Seating (numbered chairs provided); $38 for General Admission Bowl; and $19 for General Admission Lawn (carry-in chairs permitted).

Prices include a facility fee. Additional fees apply for online orders. Prices increase by $5 starting Sunday, Aug. 22.

Tickets will be available at the Artpark box office (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays/Saturdays), 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston; and online at ticketmaster.com.

Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show. For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as "Bring Me Some Water," "No Souvenirs" and "Ain't It Heavy," for which she won a Grammy in 1992.

The singer hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, “Yes I Am” (1993). The collection featured the massive hits, "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window," a searing song of longing that brought Etheridge her second Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Performance.

In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest-charting album, “Your Little Secret,” which was distinguished by the hit single, "I Want to Come Over." Her success that year led to Etheridge receiving the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996.

Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades. In February 2007, she celebrated a career milestone with a victory in the “Best Song” category at the Academy Awards for “I Need to Wake Up,” written for the Al Gore documentary on global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

As a performer and songwriter, Etheridge has shown herself to be an artist who has never allowed “inconvenient truths” to keep her down. Earlier in her recording career, Etheridge acknowledged her sexual orientation when it was considered less than prudent to do so. In October 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer, a health battle that, with her typical tenacity, she won. Despite losing her hair from chemotherapy, Etheridge appeared on the 2005 Grammy telecast to sing “Piece of My Heart” in tribute to Janis Joplin. By doing so she gave hope to many women afflicted with the disease.

On Oct. 7, 2016, Etheridge released “Memphis Rock & Soul,” her first album since 2014’s critically lauded “This Is M.E.” Recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, the album received stellar reviews. She followed that up with the release of “The Medicine Show” in April 2019. For “The Medicine Show,” Etheridge reunited with celebrated producer John Shanks to sound as rousing as ever, bringing a new level of artistry to her 15th studio recording. “The Medicine Show” deals with universal themes of renewal, reconciliation, reckoning, compassion and, most profoundly, healing.

In June 2020, Melissa launched Etheridge TV, an independent channel built on the Maestro platform. She goes live five days a week for her fans, each day offering something different. That same month, she also announced the launch of The Etheridge Foundation. Through the foundation, the singer hopes to raise money to support healthy new research into the causes and effects of opioid addiction. Etheridge wants to partner with and support organizations that delve into new ways of understanding and treating underlying mental health issues in conjunction with drug addiction. She said she hopes to find ways for people to seek treatment outside of pharmaceutical norms and find new answers and relief for those suffering from the devastating effects of addiction.

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