SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University President’s Cultural Series presents Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton on Wednesday, February 20, at 7 p.m. in Janikies Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
After four decades of singing background for icons like the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan and Nine Inch Nails, two-time Grammy winner Lisa Fischer is stepping into the spotlight with her inventive new band Grand Baton, whose organic fusion of African, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean rhythms, psychedelic soul and progressive rock ignites Lisa’s flexibility and freedom of expression.
Raised in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, Lisa emerged from New York’s studio scene in the early-1980s and quickly became session singer royalty. The breakout success of the Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013) altered the course of Lisa’s musical journey. Featuring clips of Lisa’s 1991 Grammy-winning R&B hit “How Can I Ease The Pain” and her legendary duet with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter,” and glowing testimonials from famous colleagues like Sting, Patti Austin, and Chris Botti, the film showcased her virtuosity and vulnerability, earned her a second Grammy award, and left audiences eager to see and hear more.
Lisa’s range is legendary, but her greatest gift is the ability to reach the hearts of her listeners. Whether fronting her own band or collaborating with other artists, Lisa’s passion for music leads to growth and experimentation.
General admission is $20. Smithfield residents may receive two complimentary tickets per household (additional tickets are $20 each).
Tickets for non-Bryant students and teachers are $10 with a school I.D. Tickets for Bryant alumni are $10 if reserved in advance ($15 on concert night).
Register at www.bryant.edu/alumnievents or by calling (401) 531-6663.
Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. The University's 3,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students study in an intensive and immersive learning environment that has been purpose-built for high achievement. Bryant’s groundbreaking academic programs have been nationally recognized by organizations including the Davis Educational Foundation and Hanover Research. Founded in 1863, Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, College Factual/U.S.A. Today, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Barron’s.