Sad news from the U.S. West Coast - Singer Kathi MacDonald of Anacortes, Washington, and based for years in San Francisco and the Greater Seattle Area, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 3, after slipping into a coma. Early in her career she was an Ikette backing singer with Ike and Tina Turner and went on to perform and record on a long-term basis with Long John Baldry, best known for his hit, “Don’t Try to Lay No Boogie-Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll”. Among the numerous bands and artists she worked with was Big Brother and the Holding Company (post-Janis Joplin’s departure from the band), and more recently she recorded with that band’s drummer and his new troupe, The Dave Getz Breakaway. She also made a duo recording with John Lee Hooker guitarist Rich Kirch earlier this year. She released several CDs under Kathi McDonald & Friends, and also contributed to the Seattle Women in Rhythm and Blues project. The Washington Blues Society inducted her into their Hall of Fame in 1999.
Republic of Doyle’s Lynda Boyd, Krystin Pellerin and Sean Panting will be singing jazz and blues standards, along with favourite local jazz and blues musicians, Mary Barry, Bill Brennan, Shawn Beresford, Gary Johnston, Brad Jefford, and more. The contact email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call 709-722-8005.