An Evening of Duos ft. Aaron Price, Peggy Ratusz & Jeff Thompson

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An Evening of Duos ft. Aaron Price, Peggy Ratusz & Jeff Thompson

WHERE: Ambrose West, 312 Haywood Road, 28806
WHEN: Saturday May 19, 2018
DOORS: 7pm | SHOW: 8pm
GENRE: rock / pop / blues
AGES: all ages
TICKETS: $10 adv. / $12 d.o.s. / $15 vip (guaranteed seat in 1st 3 rows!)
SEATING: seated general admission
WEB LISTING: http://www.ambrosewest.com/duos

This evening of music features two different duos Aaron Price plays with: Bygone Blues with Peggy Ratusz and a Duo with Jeff Thompson.

Aaron Price Music:

HEAR SOME MUSIC: www.reverbnation.com/aaronprice
SEE A VIDEO: https://youtu.be/iXDERg5h1TA

Aaron Price has been making music in Asheville since 1997. He is one of the the most-in-demand musician in the city of Asheville, playing over 150 dates a year in his home town.

Aaron started ear training in the crib, listening to his mother teach piano in Quincy, Illinios. He started playing piano shortly thereafter and he hasn't looked back! His musical journey brought him throuogh Boone NC where heplayed in the Appalachian State University jazz band and began writing songs. After college Aaron moved to Asheville where he formed cabaret group\ Vendetta and The Nines and opened Collapseable Recording Studio. He directed music for productions of Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Hair, The Who's Tommy, and other musicals. He has teaches at Asheville Community Theater's Tanglewood summer camp and today works with children in the Asheville Symphony's MusicWorks program at Hall Fletcher Elementary. He serves as Music Director at West Asheville Presbyterian Church and has two children.

Peggy Ratusz:

WEBSITE: www.reverbnation.com/peggyratusz
HEAR SOME MUSIC: www.reverbnation.com/bygoneblues
SEE A VIDEO: https://youtu.be/rRQc-25lEvE

Our intention as the duo “Bygone Blues,” is to step back in time about 95 years, to honor the women who blazed this trail we walk down. We cover the prominent and not so prominent Black Pearls and Blues Queens from the 1st 4 decades of the 1900’s as well as originals inspired by this bygone era and these remarkable women.

Bygone Blues featuring Aaron Price (keys) and Peggy Ratusz (vocals/hand percussion) was born from a shared passion for Vintage Blues and Women in Blues History. They’ve been working together on and off within Blues infused configurations for 10 years. Winning the Charlotte Blues Society’s Blues Challenge in 2015 awarded them a spot at the prestigious 33rd annual International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, Tennessee in 2016. Judges there made them semi-finalists, stating “A true vintage style and sound from this impressive duo is refreshing and nostalgic all at the same time! They’re references to stories and tidbits about the lives of women from an era whose lights don’t shine bright enough in history was delightfully educational. Well done indeed, Price and Ratusz from Asheville, NC!”

Price is a superb, sought after player, producer and engineer as well as an accomplished songwriter. “Chanteuse” Ratusz has been voted in an area poll, Best in Blues, placing or winning for 10 years. She writes a monthly music column for WNC Woman magazine “Women Making Music”, she’s a booking manager, vocal coach and songwriter. Vintage Blues and originals inspired by a bygone era is yet another sub-Blues genre where their interpretive skills shine.

Jeff Thompson Music:

WEBSITE: www.jeffthompsonmusic.com
HEAR SOME MUSIC: www.reverbnation.com/jeffthompsonmusic
SEE A VIDEO: https://youtu.be/oqCJDA6eH68

Jeff Thompson is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and performer. He likes to wear fedoras and blazers. He likes when spontaneous conversations with strangers and friends proceed like improvised poems. He often wishes he had a tape recorder in his hand. He usually ends up texting choice phrases to himself, so that he won’t forget them. Most of his lyrics come to him, melodies in tow, in the shower or in the last drops of dreaming before waking wipes the slate of his mind dry for the day.

He was born and raised in the same city that spawned Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jr., Dr. John, and Lil Wayne. His style sounds nothing like any of them. Except maybe Harry. A little bit. Sometimes. He left New Orleans at a pretty young age, and has lived just about everywhere else since then. He spent six months studying Buddhism in a monastery in Bodh Gaya, India overlooking a rice paddy. There were a lot of mosquitoes and it was next to a very loud bus stop. The Thai monks all smoked cigarettes. They were mostly there because their families wanted them to be. Jeff wasn’t allowed to have a guitar there, because the monks’ code won’t let them listen to music, but he smuggled one in. It was a Yemaha. Not a Yamaha. He bought it in Kathmandu for thousands of rupees. Or…eighteen dollars. He wrote one of his favorite songs, furtively, in the wee hours of the morning, just after meditation. He’s also lived in Austin, Boulder, NYC, and of course Asheville. He’s still in Asheville. He gives it two thumbs up. He thinks he’ll probably stick around awhile.

He misses New Orleans an awful lot sometimes, but credits his health to having escaped it when he did. He thinks New Orleans is a really nice place to visit. The distilled essence of Mardi Gras, Jackson Square, the Mississippi River, and late night adventures he’d rather not discuss right now flow through his veins, indistinguishable from his blood.

Jeff Thompson has won major songwriting contests, even though he thinks it’s silly to pit songwriters against one another. He wrestled in junior high and saw his name on more than enough elimination brackets back then. Of course, back then, he barely ever made it past the first round. Jeff won 1st Place in the Eddie’s Attic Competition (other winners include John Mayer, The Indigo Girls, and of course the great Chelsea Lynn Labate of Ten Cent Poetry), 1st Place in the Cary, NC Six String Cafe Songwriter’s Competition, 1st Place in the Evening Muse Songwriters’ Competition. He was featured in Performing Songwriter Magazine.

Jeff Thompson plays all over the Southeastern United States, and has shared the stage with a lot of people you’ve heard of. He doesn’t feel like name dropping, though.