PORTLAND – Multiple Grammy nominee Susan Tedeschi will return to rock Portland on June 23 at the city’s newest venue, the Port City Music Hall. It will be Tedeschi’s first time back to Portland since her 2005 appearance at the State Theatre, and she’ll be celebrating the release of her latest album, “Back to the River.”

“I think it’s a pivotal record for me. I like this one a lot,” Tedeschi said of her latest Verve Forecast release. “I think it’s really emotional, but it’s not really a blues record. The blues is still in there, but there’s a lot of other stuff, too. I definitely put a lot into this one and worked really hard to put a lot of ideas across.”

“Back to the River’s” 11 songs encompass a broad musical and emotional palette, and showcase Tedeschi’s multiple talents as an expressive singer, a soulful and melodic guitarist and a distinctive, evolving songwriter.

The 8 p.m. concert is a 21+ event.

Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13. General admission, standing-room only tickets are $30 in advance, $32 day of show. They are available at Bull Moose music stores and online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Seated VIP tickets are $50 and are available only at www.brownpapertickets.com. Port City Music Hall is at 504 Congress St. For more information, visit www.portcitymusichall.com.

Growing up in Norwell, Mass., Tedeschi began singing with local bands at age 13 and subsequently pursued her passion for music while studying at Berklee College of Music. After establishing herself as one of New England’s top-drawing live acts, and making her recording debut with her 1995 album “Better Days,” she achieved an impressive musical and commercial breakthrough with her 1998 indie release “Just Won’t Burn.”

The album achieved gold sales status and won Tedeschi a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, alongside Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Macy Gray and Kid Rock. Her next release, “Wait for Me,” in 2002 was also nominated for a Grammy. She moved to Verve Forecast for her fourth album, “Hope and Desire,” which marked a substantial departure, presenting her in the role of interpretive vocalist.

Now, with “Back to the River,” Tedeschi takes a major musical leap forward. “People have been waiting for new music from me for awhile, so I look forward to touring, to bring these songs to as many people as I can,” the artist said.


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