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story.lead_photo.caption Submitted photo THIRD THURSDAY: Side Hustle Entertainment and The Big Chill will present Hurricane Ruth LaMaster for the Third Thursday Concert Series at 8 p.m. March 21.

Side Hustle Entertainment and The Big Chill will present Hurricane Ruth LaMaster as part of the Third Thursday Concert Series at 8 p.m. March 21.

Admission to the show is $10 at the door and $15 for reserved seating. All proceeds from the concert series benefit the Unknown Legends Musicians Relief Fund, a nonprofit that assists musicians with health care related expenses.

"Hurricane Ruth LaMaster is a vocal powerhouse with a style all her own," a news release said. "She earned the Hurricane nickname by melding the power of Big Mama Thornton, the fire of Janis Joplin, the energy of Tina Turner and the soulfulness of Aretha Franklin into one dynamite performance."

"Ruth has a voice that is destined to be one of the greats of the Blues. Hurricane Ruth is small in stature but somehow this voice, this force of nature, comes out of her taking your breath away," Melbourne, Australia's Peter Merrett, said in the release. "Voices like this, with this much passion, very rarely come into our lives."

LaMaster was exposed to music through her father's tavern in Illinois. At the age of 3, she would sit on his lap while he played drums, keeping time on the ride cymbal. Since then, she has gone on to perform with John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Taj Mahal, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Sam & Dave, Fenton Robinson, Maynard Ferguson and his orchestra, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Royal Southern Brotherhood and Ronnie Baker Brooks. "While her vocals are deeply rooted in traditional blues, make no mistake, LaMaster can rock the house. She has opened for renowned rockers Heart, Judas Priest, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and Steppenwolf," the release said.

Joining Hurricane Ruth will be guitar virtuoso Scott Holt. Holt first came to national prominence as part of various high-energy bands led by legendary Chicago blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy. "He was just 23 when Guy took him under his wing and taught him how to travel intelligently while accommodating the rigorous nature of blues touring. Holt stayed with Guy on the road and in the recording studio for a decade, earning his postgraduate education with one of the true blues guitar masters. Holt has four albums to his credit and has shared the stage with Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Albert Collins, Jack Bruce, Carlos Santana and Richie Sambora," the release said.

Call David Hughes at 850-774-2270 for more information on the show or the Unknown Legends Musicians Relief Fund.

Entertainment on 03/15/2019

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