(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Melissa Manchester heads out on a rare club tour October 10 with residency dates in New York and Los Angeles, including a nine-night run in New York City and five nights in Los Angeles, where Manchester hasn't played a solo show in nearly 10 years.
"When I get to stay put in a city for a few nights," she explains, "it seems that extra magic happens. The songs and the music get deeper and tighter."
Manchester's song list will be culled from her current album, When I Look Down That Road, her first of all-new material in 10 years, some chestnuts she hasn't performed in years, including "Easy" (from her 1973 debut Home To Myself), "So's My Old Man" (from 1976's Help Is On The Way) and "I Got Eyes" (from 1975's Melissa) and a new arrangement of "Don't Cry Out Loud." She'll be backed by a four-piece band.
"This will be my first time playing with just a quartet," she says. "I'm really looking forward to performing in the same stripped-down way we recorded the CD."
Oct. 10-11 San Francisco, CA The Plush Room
Oct. 12-16 Los Angeles, CA Cinegrill-Roosevelt Hotel
Oct. 26-30 New York, NY Feinstein's at the Regency
Oct. 31 Boston, MA Scullers Jazz Club
Nov. 2-5 New York, NY Feinstein's at the Regency
— Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner