Laura Berger returns to Prescott to celebrate Linda Ronstadt’s music. (Courtesy)
Originally published Friday, February 23, 2018 at 06:03a.m.
Laura Berger is bringing back her Linda Ronstadt tribute, performing once again at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center where she appeared last year.
Last August’s performance was part of when she launched the tribute to Ronstadt, Berger said. With nobody else doing a tribute to her, this show is pretty original, she said.
“She was an incredible musician, she had such a prolific career,” Berger said. “It just made sense to put together something … fresh and new.”
At the same time, her music is so pervasive people are going to know one of her songs, she said. Whether they realize it or not, everybody knows her biggest hits, Berger said. Her favorite to perform is “Blue Bayou” and it was always one of her favorite Ronstadt songs, she said.
Every performance of the show she does has seen people coming up to her afterwards telling of how much they love Ronstadt or sharing memories they have of Ronstadt and her shows, Berger said.
“I feel like every performance that I’ve done so far, there have been people that I’ve made these awesome connections with,” she said. “It’s bringing back a lot of really fond memories for people that are coming to see the show. It’s a really neat way to meet people and connect with people and entertain them for the evening.”
Ronstadt herself performed her last live concert in 2008 and retired in 2011. A 2012 diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease left her unable to sing.
Berger takes the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and are available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.
In doing Ronstadt’s music throughout the decades, Berger said she sticks to the performer’s biggest hits. The audience is going to know all the songs, she said.
“They’re going to know and love the music. I start out with her big hits from the 60s and 70s, I go through her Nelson Riddle Orchestra days in the 80s and I go all the way through her big hits in the 80s as well,” Berger said. “People are definitely going to find a way to connect to the music when they’re seeing it.”
The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 117 E. Gurley St.