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Michelle "Evil Gal" Wilson

Michelle "Evil Gal" Wilson

A writer in the respected Allmusic.com once put it this way: "Her singing is like a strong cup of Joe -- it beelines to the gut and jolts the system."

And that's putting it mildly.

Michelle is a force of nature— an emotional ball of talent that inspires with her original songs but also takes you on a journey through what she calls "the lost music" of vintage soul/R&B legends like Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown and Etta James. 

Michelle has had a remarkable career. The Boston native made four albums with Bullseye Records (a subsidiary of Rounder Records) under the watchful eyes of producers Ron Levy (who also played keyboards with B.B. King for many years) and the Grammy Award-winning Scott Billington, who has more than 100 albums to his credit. Michelle herself has been nominated for the W.C. Handy Award for best blues vocalist (she lost to Etta James) and has toured internationally, most recently with (award winning blues pianist) Anthony Geraci’s Boston Blues all-Stars, with whom she appeared at The Lucerne (Switzerland) Blues Festival in 2018 and The Notodden (Norway) Blues Festival in 2019.

In 2013, she recorded a live album, Fortune Cookie, at world renowned jazz club Scullers in Boston. 2015 offered her the opportunity to sing with “Night Tripper” Dr. John at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, MA. Michelle sang on 2 of Anthony Geraci’s most recent recordings, including the title track to 50 Shades of Blue with legendary singer Sugar Ray Norcia, which was nominated for record of the year and song of the year in 2016 at the Blues Foundation’s Handy Awards. She sang on guitarist Duke Robillard’s Blues Bash and is currently working on several new projects (shhh…can’t tell yet!)

She is looking forward to playing with her amazing band. This group has been making music together for over 20 years. 

Featuring:

Zac Casher – drums 

Mike Mele – guitar

Shinichi Otsu – keys/bass

Donn Scott Shetler – clarinet, sax, mandolin

Did you know?

Michelle dropped out of college to start her first band in 1978. In 2015, she returned to UMASS Amherst’s UWW program to complete her bachelor’s degree and graduated magna cum laude in 2019.

Michelle works at a small, mostly jazz, NPR affiliate radio station, 90.5 WICN in Worcester, MA. She is host of a wildly eclectic weekday morning music program (Morning Vibe Time - M-F 6-9am) and is also WICN’s production manager; creating, programming and overseeing the station’s recorded and automated programming. (wicn.org)

This event is free, but tickets are required. Please use the link below to reserve your free tickets to this concert. All HCA summer concerts will take place in the outdoor amphitheater. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and snacks and get ready to have a great time.  

This concert is part of Hopkinton Center for the Arts Summer Arts Series featuring more than 20 free concerts, three art and sculpture exhibits, dance and theatrical performances. The HCA is celebrating 10 years of bringing the arts together under one roof -- help us celebrate!

Friday, September 24
6:00 PM

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