FLINT TWP. — Laura Love returns to the stage after a nearly 10 year hiatus living off grid and raising her daughter, Nov. 8, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint, 2474 S. Ballenger Hwy.
Love is returning to the stage to continue where she left off true to her colorful style. Love embraces blues, bluegrass, jazz, folk, gospel and reggae, sometimes called her music “Folk-Funk”, “Afro-Celtic,” or Hip-Alachian.”
She’s ventured into other genres too; as a member of satiric feminist group Venus Envy. Touring the world since the early 1990s she has performed at nearly every great music festival in North America, has composed commissioned music for dance and theater productions and is a published author. Laura has released 12 CDs on major and minor labels.
By 2007, Laura had grown increasingly alarmed at the regression of race relations in the U.S and decided it was time to return to her roots as a light-skinned African American girl, growing up during the 1960s at the very height of the Civil Rights Movement.
She assembled a quartet called, HARPER’S FERRY composed of IBMA award winning musicians. The release, “NeGrass” was named Best CD of 2007 in the Alt Country category by the Indie Acoustic Project. In the fall of 2009, Laura released her 11th CD, “The Sweeter the Juice”, a collaboration with an acknowledged master of country blues guitar and dobro, Orville Johnson. The recording focused on social issues, race relations in America and her own family’s experiences, dating all the way back to slavery.
Her 2018 release, “She Loved Red,” is a tribute to her late sister who lost her struggle with depression. Love’s songs affirm that you can endure, you have survived, and you’re not alone.
“Trouble So Hard” deftly segues from personal problems to those of the worlds’. It’s the album’s most danceable number, with that trademark funk from Love’s thumping bass. It’s also a song of encouragement, with Love singing of resistance and assuring us that “You and I together/ we have the power.”
Tickets: $12/Advance, $15/Door.
Details: Call 810-232-4023 or visit lauralovemusic.com. — G.G.