‘Godmother of Soul’ Patti LaBelle coming to MSU for Lyceum Series performance

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

Legendary rhythm and blues artist Patti LaBelle is performing Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. as part of Mississippi State’s 2018-19 Lyceum Series. (Photo submitted/by Derek Blanks)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Grammy Award winner Patti LaBelle is bringing her legendary rhythm and blues to Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium Nov. 15 as the next guest in Mississippi State’s Lyceum Series.

Known as the “Godmother of Soul” and ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the “Top 100 Singers of All Time,” LaBelle will perform at 7 p.m. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before the curtain rises for the show, which is part of the university’s long-running performing arts program.

Former lead vocalist for Patti LaBelle and The Bluebelles, the music icon’s classic original songs and renditions of pop and spiritual standards have created a personal platform of versatility for which she has been known and revered throughout her 50-plus year career. LaBelle’s signature songs “New Attitude” and “On My Own,” a Billboard No. 1 duet with Michael McDonald, are sure to be included in her performance, as are her show-stopping renditions of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and her 1975 original “Lady Marmalade.” First hitting the charts in 1962, she also performed with the genre-bending trio Labelle, and then began a solo career in the 1970s.

A successful entrepreneur known for her best-selling, original recipe Patti’s Good Life sweet potato pie, LaBelle also is an advocate for adoption and finding cures for diabetes, cancer and HIV/AIDS. Learn more at www.pattilabelle.com.

For LaBelle’s performance, general admission individual tickets for the auditorium’s first balcony are $45; $35 on the second balcony. Reserved seating individual tickets for the auditorium’s first floor front section are $65; $55 for the first floor back section. MSU students with valid student I.D. must purchase tickets to attend LaBelle’s concert, but will be admitted free to all other Lyceum events.

Ticket purchases may be made online at http://events.msstate.edu. If available, individual tickets may be purchased at the door before each program.

Contributions to the Lyceum Series can be made via the MSU Foundation by contacting Lynn Durr at 662-325-8918.

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