Originally Published: August 17, 2017 8:59 p.m.
Where: Elks Theatre, 117 E. Gurley St.
Who: Laura Berger with Miguel Jackson
When: Saturday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m.
Admission: $22 - $30
Before multi-platinum vocalist Linda Ronstadt’s voice was taken by Parkinson’s disease in 2012, she released over 30 studio albums and recorded 21 singles that made the top 40, 10 in the top 10, three at number 2, and one that went to number 1, “You’re No Good.”
Ronstadt performed her last concert in 2009, but if you want to see her music performed live again, you’ll want to see Laura Berger’s tribute show on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Elks Theatre in Prescott.
Berger was most recently seen in TAD Management’s show, “Those British Girls,” which played the Elks in March. This new show came about when TAD’s owner, Terry Davies, suggested she “would make a terrific Linda Ronstadt,” said Berger.
The fact that Berger “was familiar with, at least, all her hits, made it easy to glom onto” Ronstadt’s performance, and Berger said Ronstadt’s music is “ubiquitous.”
Having done just one performance of this show so far, Berger said, the major difference for her, between “Those British Girls” and the Linda Ronstadt tribute is that she carries this one herself.
“This is really just me up there,” she said. “‘Those British Girls’ was much more of an ensemble production … what’s different about the ‘Linda’ show is that it’s really just Laura Berger up there on stage, talking about, ‘This is what that I love about his music and this is what I think you’ll love about it.’”
The connection she makes with the audience is one of the best parts of this new show.
“My vocal style and range is very similar to Linda Ronstadt’s, so I think that is one of the advantages of me signing this music,” she said. “Singing is something I’ve always done, for as long as I can remember, and it’s just such a huge part of me and who I am.
“Singing for an audience is kind of an intimate thing,” Berger said. “It gives me this opportunity to share something that I really love about myself.”