Sheryl Crow brings two decades of hits to Van Wezel in Sarasota

wtatangelo@bradenton.comFebruary 14, 2013 

All she wanted to do was have some fun. She had a feeling she wasn't the only one.

When Sheryl Crow plays the Van Wezel on Friday attendees will most likely sing along to that one, plus at least a couple more songs from her career-launching debut album that came out almost two decades ago.

Yeah, you owned it. Or at least were friends with, or dated someone, who owned "Tuesday Night Music Club."

The CD could be found at music stores in the summer of 1993. But the album didn't become a multimillion-selling smash until the breezy, carefree ditty "All I Wanna Do" inundated radio and MTV almost a year later.

Subsequent hits "Can't Cry Anymore," "Strong Enough" and "Leaving Las Vegas," culled from the same debut record turning 20 this year, made Crow the perfect rock star for all those people who could no longer stomach grunge.

Since first becoming famous in the mid-'90s, Crow has become a luminary in the worlds of pop, rock and country thanks to a winning combination of solid songwriting, smart covers and successful collaborations. Hey, the Kid Rock duet was huge.

Crow, who turned 51 on Monday, is a class act who has survived breast cancer and a relationship with toxic liar Lance Armstrong. The Van Wezel not only booked her to perform, but to headline a sold-out fund-raiser gala.

"She's just the coolest lady," Mary Bensel, executive producer of the Van Wezel, said of Crow shortly after announcing her upcoming show. "She's a celebrity who supports wonderful causes and we're so thrilled to have her for our gala."

Country royalty Holly Williams opens for Crow at the Van Wezel. The singer-songwriter daughter of Hank Williams Jr. and half-sister of Hank Williams III, she recently released the acclaimed, neo-traditionalist country album "The Highway."

Williams headlines her own show at 8 p.m. Saturday at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota. Tickets for the Saturday performance are $10. For more information call 941-894-6469.

Details: 7 p.m. Feb. 15, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trial, Sarasota. Tickets: $30-$110. Information: 941-955-7676 or www.vanwezel.org.

-- Wade Tatangelo

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