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Marcia Ball plays the Knick

Published November 07. 2013 4:00AM

She's known lovingly as Long Tall Marcia Ball, but her expansive mastery of and contributions to the whole of Gulf Coast piano goes beyond regional notoriety; Ball is a national treasure.

While she can absolutely channel James Booker or Professor Longhair, her own compositions - on such must-own albums as "Hot Tamale Baby," "Blue House," "Peace, Love & BBQ" and 2011's Grammy-nominated "Roadside Attractions" - are absolutely competitive with the entire history of blues and R&B. Recently - and deservedly - Ball was nominated by Living Blues magazine for Blues Artist of the Year and Most Outstanding Musician.

Ball and her world-class band appear Friday at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly. If you've never seen her, you owe it to yourself.


Marcia Ball, 8 p.m. Friday, the Knickerbocker Cafe,

35 Railroad Ave., Westerly;

$30, $35; (401) 315-5070, theknickerbockercafe.com

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