Grammy-Winner Rickie Lee Jones to Appear at SOPAC Nov. 22

by The Village Green
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From the South Orange Performing Arts Center: 


Two-time Grammy Award-winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically-acclaimed albums. The celebrated singer-songwriter (“Chuck E.’s in Love,” “Satellite”  and “The Last Chance Texaco”) comes to SOPAC November 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $48-$68 and can be purchased online at, or by calling the box office at (973) 313-2787.

Jones’ debut album, Rickie Lee Jones was released in 1979, nabbing the coveted Grammy Award for Best New Artist that year. A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance. Rickie Lee Jones is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazzy rock and what has come to be known as ‘confessional’ songwriter performances.

Through the years she has blazed her own way, constantly experimenting with new genres and sounds. Her creative light has burned brightly though it has not always enjoyed commercial success. Jone’s second album of cover versions, It’s Like This, was released in 2000 and garnered her another Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.  Her latest album (2015), The Other Side of Desire, was written, recorded and rooted in the city of New Orleans, where Rickie Lee Jones lives. Produced by John Porter (of Roxy Music) and Mark Howard, this is the first new music Rickie Lee Jones has written in over a decade.

“This work is inspired by many years of sitting with all the events of my life until I had something to paint with,” says Jones.  “I came to New Orleans to write and to live a different way than what I have known in on the west coast…. Here is another record then, made of my imagination, and whatever else that has no words, using the clay of this place and the shapes of my eyes to form some kind of picture of my life, or my heart, that I alone can understand, and hopefully that others can enjoy.”

Jones brings her long-awaited new music to SOPAC on November 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $48-$68 and can be purchased online at, or by calling the box office at (973) 313-2787.

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079.


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