Turtle Island strings with McKay at Riley Center


October 25, 2013

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MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian


A string ensemble joining with a singer-songwriter sounds like a pleasant evening of predictable music.

The strings of Turtle Island Quartet joining with singer-songwriter Nellie McKay may be pleasant, but it will be anything but predictable. The Grammy-winning string ensemble typically goes for the most untypical, offering unique interpretations of such artists as John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix.

In a similar vein, Nellie McKay’s Doris Day-like vibe is well-trained but deceptively sweet.

Together, they bring their “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing” tour to the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian on Friday [Oct. 25] at 7:30 p.m. A pre-show reception will take place at 6 p.m.

The tour’s name comes from a song penned by renowned jazz composer Billy Strayhorn and featured on the 1957 Vince Guaraldi Trio album of the same name.

Vintage jazz is the theme as Turtle Island’s musicians blend their wildly versatile skills with McKay’s effortless cabaret style. On stage, they will take on Strayhorn, Billie Holiday and others, delighting the audience with respectfully fresh interpretations of many jazz standards. The tour is in collaboration with Monterey International.

Tickets are $24 and $18 at the MSU Riley Center box office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601-696-2200.