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Peggy Lee Tribute Concert Helps Celebrate History in Wimbledon

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Nationally-Acclaimed Jazz Artists to Perform Peggy Lee Tribute in Jamestown and Fargo.

Fargo's recently-renovated The Stage at Island Park will host a special concert at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26th, featuring accomplished jazz trio performing the legendary music of North Dakota native Peggy Lee on legendary star's birthday.

Critically-acclaimed vocalist Stacy Sullivan is joined by master jazz pianist Jon Weber and accomplished bassist Steve Doyle in "A Tribute To Miss Peggy Lee," a show that has filled venues from coast to coast and garnered impressive critical reviews as an interpretive exploration of Lee, including the extraordinary music and the personal struggles of a woman whose voice captivated millions-all part of an elegant and loving homage highlighting the classic songs, intricate rhythms, and exquisite arrangements that defined Lee's career.

Lee's grandchildren will also travel to North Dakota and attend the Fargo event-along with a Friday-night show in Jamestown, ND, and the Saturday grand opening of a renovated train station in Wimbledon, ND, where the star lived as a child-to wrap up two days of events that give North Dakotans an opportunity to honor of one of the most legendary personas to come out of the state.

Upon hearing a previous performance of the tribute show, Lee's granddaughter Holly Foster Wells said, "I was impressed how Stacy and her wonderful musicians put their own unique spin on each song and stayed away from imitation. From the thoughtful song selection (with some hidden gems) and the creative arrangements, I found myself listening to the songs as if hearing them for the first time. I know that my grandmother would be thrilled, as I am, that Stacy is introducing Peggy's music to new audiences as well as giving fans a chance to once again hear these great songs performed live. "

Peggy Lee was a singer, composer, and actress whose remarkable career spanned over six decades, opened new roads to females in the music industry, and influenced jazz and popular-music culture worldwide. Lee was born Norma Deloris Egstrom on May 26th, 1920, in Jamestown, the seventh of eight children of Selma and Marvin Egstrom. Her father was a station agent for the Midland Continental Railroad. All three of Peggy Lee's grandchildren and their families will attend the weekend activities.

Winner of New York's 2008 Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist and 2002 MAC Award for Outstanding Female New York Debut from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, Sullivan has performed across the country-from the 92nd Street Y and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York to the Ford Amphitheater and Feinstein's in Hollywood. She has recorded four albums for the LML Music label.

The show's pianist, Jon Weber is a New York City and Chicago-based jazz artist whose compositions and performances have met critical and popular acclaim in many countries. Weber serves as host of Piano Jazz Rising Stars on National Public Radio.

Sullivan said she and the other show musicians are looking forward to a North Dakota audience. "We're excited and delighted to be bringing our 'Tribute to Peggy Lee' to North Dakota, where Peggy Lee's life and extraordinary legacy all began," said Sullivan.

At 11:00 a.m. the day of the show, Saturday, May 26th, the community of Wimbledon, ND will host the grand re-opening of the renovated Wimbledon Midland Continental Railroad Depot, the site where Lee's father was station agent and where Lee, whose mother died in 1924, lived and worked as a teenager. A portion of profits from both the Friday show in Jamestown and Saturday show in Fargo will benefit the Midland Continental Depot and Transportation Museum.

Popular North Dakota historian and performer Steve Stark will present a short illustrated history of Lee's life and legacy at both the Jamestown and Fargo shows, as well as at the historic depot dedication.

Tickets for the May 26th Fargo performance of "A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee" are $20 for reserved seating and are available at The Stage at Island Park box office at 333 4th Street South in Fargo, or by calling the box office at 701-235-6778. Tickets at the door will be $25.

A very limited number of VIP tickets also will be available for $40 and will include preferred seating and a reception following the performance in The Stage's beautiful Gazebo.

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