Jana Horton-Kowitz and her band, Time Fades Away, take Gainesville on a journey with “Road Tested-Through the Decades,” a tribute to 10-time Grammy award winner Bonnie Raitt, at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series, Friday Aug. 26
Time Fades Away’s song list for the tribute includes a variety of songs from John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery” to Del Shannon’s “Runaway” that Raitt played in Boston coffee houses while attending college. It was during this early period in her career that she was first noticed as a promising folk and blues singer and slide guitarist. The band will also perform well-known Raitt hits, such as "The Thing Called Love," “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and "Something to Talk About," songs covering when Raitt rose to the height of her career from 1989-1994. She became a Grammy favorite with the new releases, and credited her success to finally becoming clean and sober. The show will also include songs from Raitt’s latest 2016 CD release "Dig in Deep," where she writes about the healing process after dealing with her own personal loss. Bonnie Raitt is currently on tour promoting the new album.
According to Horton-Kowitz, "When I first heard Bonnie Raitt as a young girl, I was intrigued. I thought, here is this woman who is not only an amazing singer, but was quickly gaining respect as a slide guitarist in a field dominated by men. And to see her performing along with blues legends like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Mississippi Fred McDowell, I felt inspired and empowered and I wanted to be just like her. I am honored, years later, to play tribute to her. Our band, Time Fades Away, is an ensemble of some of my favorite hometown musicians that I've had the privilege of working with in past performances."
Time Fades Away was formed especially for this tribute, and includes Tony McMahon (slide guitar), who Horton-Kowitz says was instrumental in helping put the project together, Jon Alexander (rhythm and lead guitar), Mark Miale (rhythm guitar and vocals), Tran Whitley (keyboards and vocals), Frank Varos (bass) and Larry Thompson (drums). The show will have a few surprises with special local guest musicians Mike Boulware and Paco, along with Gus Olmos on blues harp.
The 2016 “Free Fridays” concert series is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and funded in part by grants from Visit Gainesville and Culture Builds Florida. The concerts play each Friday night this year from Friday, May 6 through Friday, Oct. 21 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza, at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2016 schedule, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.