Madeleine Peyroux Performs at Folsom's Three Stages, 8/23


The first thing to be noticed is her voice. Madeleine Peyroux was quickly crowned with the neo-Billie Holiday label, but her earliest influence was Bessie Smith. Neither a show-off stylist nor a laid back crooner, “she sings as elegantly as Peggy Lee and writes with the downbeat clarity of Leonard Cohen” (Mojo). Madeleine Peyroux takes the stage at Three Stages next month.

Opening the concert is Rebecca Pidgeon, a singer-songwriter both “nuanced and assured” (Rolling Stone) and whose dual career as an actor includes several featured roles in husband David Mamet’s movies (The Spanish Prisoner, Heist).

Executive Director Dave Pier noted that, “Whether performing other people’s material with style and the best of taste, or presenting her own thoughtful compositions, Madeleine Peyroux is a wonderful artist, and a fine choice for kicking off Three Stages’ program of jazz this season.” The performance is sponsored by Capital Public Radio.

Madeleine Peyroux with Rebecca Pidgeon will perform in Three Stages on Thurs, Aug 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25-$35, Premium $45; students with ID $12. Tickets are available online at or from Three Stages Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, Calif., facing East Bidwell Street.

Madeleine Peyroux’s career has been marked by gold-certified records (“Careless Love”), awards (Best International Jazz Artist at the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards) and splendid reviews (Time magazine greeted her debut album with a rave: “"the most exciting, involving vocal performance by a new singer this year”) but through it all, she has lost none of her compelling ability to reinvent a lyric and give it soul-shaking meaning, fueled by her nuanced vocal shadings and unforgettable voice.

Her current recording, “Standing On the Rooftop,” was produced by Craig Street, best known for his work with k.d. lang, Norah Jones and Cassandra Wilson. Peyroux wrote solo as well as with a number of collaborators, including former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman. The two met when he approached Peyroux at a jazz festival in Nice. “He was at the festival to see B.B. King,” she recalls. “He said ‘I’m a fan of yours. I have all the records.’ And I was actually quite stunned.”<

That meeting turned into their writing together in London for a week. “I went to see him every day. We worked on a big handful on songs. There were moments that were like, ‘I’m sitting here with a former Rolling Stone!’ when he was telling me stories, but he’s incredibly down to earth and humble and so very kind. He had a lot of tea, I had a lot of coffee. ”Their caffeine-fueled writing sessions yielded the deliciously funky “The Kind You Can’t Afford.” Other contributing artists to the recording include guitarist Mark Ribot, bassist Meshell Ndegeocello and legendary New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint.

Three Stages at Folsom Lake College presents touring artists from around the world; partners with the best regional arts organizations, and supports productions by FLC students and faculty.

Three Stages at Folsom Lake College is a $50 million performing and visual arts center that opened in February 2011. Located on the campus, Three Stages includes three intimate performance venues (850, 200, 100 seats), an art gallery, a recording studio, ample rehearsal and classroom space, a full service ticket office plus all the amenities of a state-of-the-art performance venue. Parking is free on weekends and for those buying tickets in advance.

For more about Peyroux, visit, and for more aobut Rebecca Pidgeon, go to

Three Stages at Folsom Lake College is located at 10 College Parkway, Folsom, Calif. Tickets: 916-608-6888 (Monday through Saturday, 10 am-6 pm, and two hours before showtime).