Musician Bonnie Raitt has a dual agenda for her performance Friday night at the Silver Legacy. Not only will she perform her Grammy Award winning music but VIP ticket sales benefit the organization Healing Ourselves and Mother Earth.
Music critics have praised Raitt, who has been performing since the mid-’70s, as more than an artist, singer, songwriter and exceptional guitarist, but also a well-rounded performer. While struggling to launch her career during the ’70s, Raitt finally found commercial success with her 1989 album “Nick Of Time.”
Raitt released her first album in 1971. The self-titled release was able to generate a buzz about Raitt’s music but did not propel her into the music scene. “Nick Of Time” was Raitt’s tenth album and made her music well known.
Nearly 20 years since “Nick Of Time,” Raitt has released more than 10 albums and three concert DVDs. During her career, Raitt’s music has earned her nine Grammy Awards, including her first Grammy in 1989 for Best Traditional Blues Recording for “I’m In The Mood,” to 1994’s Best Pop Album for “Longing In Their Hearts” and her most recent win in 1996 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “SRV Shuffle,” recorded with artists B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Jimmie Vaughan, to name a few.
The genre-hopping Raitt is hard to define. She has perfected a blues sound that incorporates rock, pop and R&B tones. After honing her music over nearly 30 years, Raitt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2000.
Having accomplished the often elusive goal of longevity in the recording business, Raitt is humble about her success and has planned a tour that benefits selected organizations, including northern Nevada’s H.O.M.E. organization. Proceeds from Friday’s performance for tickets sold in the Gold, Silver and VIP sections of the Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall will go to H.O.M.E.
H.O.M.E. is an organization opposing the use of Yucca Mountain, located in southern Nevada, as a nuclear waste storage facility. Raitt’s other tour stops in Tucson, Ariz. and Livermore, Calif., benefit the Guacamole Fund, which advocates alternative energy and denounces the use of nuclear energy.
Raitt is a founding member of the Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE), which was founded in 1979. Raitt is an advocate for renewable energy and is joined by fellow musicians David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne to name a few.
Raitt will perform Friday at 9 p.m. in the Grande Exposition Hall. Tickets are $55, $65 and $75. To purchase tickets, visit www.silverlegacy.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Tickets to benefit H.O.M.E range from $200 to $300. Silver Circle tickets are $200 and Gold Circle tickets are $300 and include a backstage visit with Raitt. Seats in the Gold and Silver circles are located in rows four, eight and nine. To purchase these tickets, visit www.guacfund.org.