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If you're familiar with Savor Restaurant, located at 4356 Lindell, about halfway between the Central West End and Grand Center, you know its more than just a destination for a great meal. Head up the stairs to Savors second floor and youll find an elegant space that's home to Cabaret at Savor, an entertainment series that regularly features some of the finest cabaret singers from Manhattan to San Francisco on its entertainment schedule.

Okay, you're probably saying but what's that got to do with Blues?

Everything, thanks to a new series that debuts next Friday and Saturday, April 11 & 12 at the venue. St. Louis vocalist/pianist Anita Rosamond will open a three concert series called Cabaret In Blue that weekend. Classic blues music and the influence of blues on all styles of American music -- will be showcased in a setting that will bring the audience into an intimate atmosphere thats as close to hearing music up close and personal as youre ever likely to experience outside of your own living room. There are only 65 seats at Cabaret at Savor and those seats are arrayed at tables in a stepped theater setting that brings the audience so close to the musicians that microphones and a PA system seem like an after thought.

It's a creative approach to blues music thats never been tried before in St. Louis but it seems exactly the right setting for talented artists such as Anita Rosamond, Renee Smith and Uvee Hayes to weave a magical, unforgettable take on the essence of the blues that's sure to connect with the audience.

"We're trying something new with Cabaret in Blue", explains series producer/director Jim Dolan. This new series will put three wonderful blues and jazz singers into a new context: the intimacy of The Cabaret at Savor. They will be singing in a blue hue -- but with a grand piano and acoustic accompaniment in a cabaret style. Look for blues and jazz, but with less rhythmic propulsion and more focus on lyric and melody.

Anita Rosamond is primarily known as a vocalist who can sing EVERYTHING well. Her acclaimed Timeless CD, which balances jazz standards with winning interpretations of contemporary classics by Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and Maria Muldaur, showcases her versatility. But as anyone who has seen Rosamond live will tell you, she has a voice that brims with soulful blues... and a performing style that pulls in an audience like an electromagnet from the very first note.

Rosamonds blues credentials were certified by critical acclaim for her holiday recording, This is Christmas, which features stunning versions of blues classics Merry Christmas Baby and Please Come Home for Christmas, the latter featuring one of the finest solos St. Louis guitar great Rich McDonough has ever recorded. Anita will be backed by guitarist Shaun Robinson (lead guitarist with Good 4 The Soul and Brian Owens) and special guest Sandy Weltman on harmonica (as only Sandy can dish it out).

As Anita explains, this is a show that's built on the blues but its all about the amazing influence of the blues on every style of American music. "I was born in St. Louis, but grew up in a small town in the south, she recalls. So I came to blues music in a roundabout way I heard what blues brought to pop, rock and jazz before I heard the REAL blues when I moved back to St. Louis. So this is a personal story about my relationship to the blues and especially to St. Louis blues artists. I hope everyone who loves the blues will come and maybe my take on the blues will help people realize its at the root of every style of American music"

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