'An inspiring thing to behold'

The San Francisco Chronicle said of Beth Baker, Rogue Valley's cabaret chanteuse, "Baker at full throttle is an inspiring thing to behold." Those who wish to behold vocalist Beth Baker can see her perform from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, at the Avalon Bar and Grill, 105 W. Valley View Road, Talent.

Baker makes her home in the Rogue Valley. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she began her cabaret career. She starred as Fanny Brice in "Funny Girl" at Foothill Community College, where she later played Sally Adams in "Call Me Madam." She received DramaLogue nominations for her roles in "Boys From Syracuse" and "Call Me Madam." Other theater work was followed by solo performances, including singing the national anthem for the San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, San Jose Sharks and the Oakland A's.

Baker spent — 1/2 years in New York City where made a name for herself for her one-woman cabaret show at houses such as Eighty-Eights, Danny's Skylight Room and Don't Tell Mama's. She was also a regular soloist with the Gospel Choir of Middle Collegiate Church/East Village.

Here in the Rogue Valley, audiences have seen her perform in one-woman Holiday Cabaret shows, as featured soloist at Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Daedalus Project and at Horizon Institute's "An Evening in Celebration of the Human Spirit." She opened for the Smothers Brothers and Burt Bacharach at the Britt Festivals. She has lent her vocal talents and big heart to a wide variety of fund-raising events and benefits.

Audiences at the Avalon can expect to hear a mix of blues, ballads, jazz, gospel, inspirational and musical theater comedy.

"I have to say that it's thrilling to have a regular spot to perform," Baker said. "The Avalon has a really nice feel to it. To me, it feels like it's somewhere between a New York cabaret club and a bar. I get to do the music I love and the audience behaves like they're at a show. It's quite wonderful and I feel really lucky."

There is a $15 cover charge for the show and reservations are required. See or call 512-8864.

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