Joan Osborne will perform Saturday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.  General admission tickets are $30 in advance and will be $35 at the door; call 594-0070 or visit

In a career that spans over 15 years, soulful singer/songwriter Osborne has proven to be an artistically restless yet consistently enthralling performer who has made a career performing an eclectic mix of original tunes and covers, while developing a bluesy and intimate pop style all her own, along the way playing stages from The Grand Ole Opry to Lilith Fair.

Her 1995 release “Relish,” which spawned the pop-oriented, spiritually ambiguous mega-hit “One of Us,” earned eight Grammy nominations and catapulted her into national stardom.

In 2002, Osborne cemented her reputation as a top-tier soul singer with an incredible turn in the acclaimed documentary film “Standing in the Shadows of Motown,” followed by a tour with legendary Motown backing band The Funk Brothers. She and her band accompanied the Dixie Chicks for a national tour in the summer of 2003, during which time she also joined veteran San Francisco jam-rockers The Dead as a vocalist.

On her current tour, Osborne appears as a duo with pianist Keith Cotton. She said the idea for a stripped-down tour with Cotton evolved after they played together on a show for WXPN radio in Philadelphia.

“The songs we will do will be drawn from my studio albums and live recordings, along with some special only-on-this-tour covers thrown in (any fan requests will be considered) plus some sneak peeks at new material from an album in the works,” she said.

Osborne’s appearance at the Strand will give fans the opportunity to hear her nuanced collection of songs in a small and intimate concert setting.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to