Marcia Ball & Tinsley Ellis: Acoustic Songs and Stories

Saturday, March 4, 2023 @ 7:00 PM (Pacific)
  • Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 27
    • Museum Members receive a 10% ticket discount

    Event Details

    Join us as Blues singer/pianist Marcia Ball and Blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis present Acoustic Songs and Stories at the Museum of Making Music!

    Marcia and Tinsley will each perform a set of their own music sharing stories with the audience of their years on stage and on the road. 

    Tinsley, an elder statesman of the Blues world, will perform some of his most popular songs spanning over twenty albums. Expect to hear everything from delta blues to the classics on his National Steel and Martin acoustic guitars.

    Marcia, a five-time GRAMMY Award nominee, will play the piano and sing her often raucous and sometimes touching original songs full of the characters and places that shaped her.

    They will conclude the evening as a duo performing together and swapping tales of their travels, trials, and tribulations!


    “Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist MARCIA BALL of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world. With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. Her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. 


    Georgia troubadour Tinsley Ellis has been immersed in music his entire life. Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1957 and raised in South Florida, he acquired his first guitar at age seven, inspired by watching The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. Like many kids his age, Ellis discovered the blues through the back door of British Invasion bands like The Yardbirds, Cream, and The Rolling Stones as well as southern rockers like the Allman Brothers Band. Twenty albums later - on record labels such as Alligator and Capricorn (and millions of miles traveled) - Ellis has become an elder statesman of the Blues world.