Jazz and blues diva Lynne Jordan to launch Raue Center’s ‘Arts on the Green’

Jazz and blues artist Lynne Jordan will kick off Raue Center’s new summer outdoor entertainment series at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 24.

Arts on the Green will feature a terrific variety of musical performances and two evenings with Shakespeare over the course of the next few months, set at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, 210 McHenry Ave., in Crystal Lake. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic, and come enjoy the fun, invite event organizers.

Invoking the spirit of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin and other legendary ladies of the blues, Lynne Jordan proves she’s a Chicago area treasure, a news release stated.

“Lynne Jordan is an outstanding entertainer, delivering blues, ballads, and R&B with soulfulness and flair,” Bruce Iglauer, owner and founder of Alligator Records, said in the release. “She can win over any audience with her larger-than-life personality and good humor.”

A favorite at the House of Blues, Jordan is a Chicago institution who brings her special brand of storytelling, raw humor, and musical performance to audiences worldwide.

“Some performers go so deep inside you can hardly see them, but you sure can feel it,” said Corky Siegel, internationally known blues pianist and singer-songwriter. “Some performers roll themselves up into a ball and shoot themselves out of a cannon and plaster you against the back wall. Some performers make you laugh out loud and others make you cry tears of joy. Others are just perfect and can do anything; welcome to the world of the ‘bodacious diva,’ Lynne Jordan.”

Jordan’s soaring vocals dip effortlessly into blues, jazz, funk and rock. Her talent dazzled late Chicago film critic Roger Ebert, who declared her his “favorite diva.”

Tickets for Raue Center’s Arts On The Green start at $20. Student tickets for youth age 18 and younger cost $8. To purchase tickets, visit www.rauecenter.org or call the box office at 815-356-9212.