By happy coincidence, three vocalists who have carved out significant niches for themselves as recording and performing artists will appear at the Britt Festivals this week.
The line-up begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23, with an appearance by Madeleine Peyroux. She released her debut album, "Dreamland," in 1996 when she was 22 years old. The album demonstrated Peyroux's ability to bring new insight to material associated with Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Edith Piaff and Patsy Cline.
NPR said of her, "Peyroux became famous, in part, for putting her idiosyncratic touch on time-tested standards." Peyroux's latest album, "Half The Perfect World," mixes in four original tunes along with favorites written by Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Fred Neil and Joni Mitchell's "River" (a duet with k.d. lang).
Opening for Peyroux will be singer/songwriter Josh Ritter.
Tickets are $41 reserved, $25 lawn and $17 for children (to age 12).
The original Dreamgirl, Mary Wilson from the Supremes, will join the musicians who created the Motown sound, The Funk Brothers, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24. They will perform hits like "The Way You Do The Things You Do," "Stop In The Name Of Love," "Come See About Me" and "You Can't Hurry Love."
The Funk Brothers recorded every Motown recording of that classic era — more No. 1 hits than The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley combined, including the hits of The Temptations, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and The Four Tops. Wilson's voice helped launch more than 30 Top-40 hits, including "Where Did Our Love Go," "Baby Love," "Reflections" and "Love Child."
Tickets are $53 reserved, $32 lawn and $221 for children (0-12).
Joan Armatrading performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 29. With 18 albums to her credit and a new blues-based CD scheduled for release this spring, Joan Armatrading's eclectic sound ranges from soul to sophisticated pop driven by her guitar. She has earned countless gold, platinum and silver discs and has been nominated for Brit and Grammy Awards.
She received the Ivor Novello Award and also has been nominated as one of the 100 Most Influential Women In Rock in the VH1 poll.
Opening for Armatrading will be folk-soul musician Amos Lee.
Tickets are $46 reserved, $32 lawn and $17 for children (0-12).
See www.brittfest.org or call 773-6077.