Champaign, IL – Grammy and Academy Award-winning recording artist and activist Melissa Etheridge will perform with her full band in a special finale event of the 2022 CU Pride Fest at the historic Virginia Theatre Sunday, October 2, 2022, at 7:30 P.M. Reserved seating tickets are $49.50 to $89.50 plus an additional per-ticket processing fee of $5.00 to $8.00 and are on sale at the Virginia Theatre Box Office, online at thevirginia.org, or charge by phone at 217-356-9063. Presented by the Champaign Park District.
2022 CU PRIDE FEST
The Champaign Park District has partnered with Uniting Pride of Champaign County to present Melissa Etheridge in concert at the Virginia as the finale event of this year’s CU Pride Fest. The 2022 CU Pride Fest runs Saturday, September 24 to Sunday, October 2 with programming throughout Champaign, Urbana, and the University of Illinois campus. Featured events include the traditional Pride Fest Parade and Fair, a Queer Homecoming Dance, Pride Nature Hike, Online Auction, Educational Programming, Block Party, an Art Opening, parties and more. The 2022 CU Pride Fest culminates at the Virginia Theatre Sunday at 7:30 P.M. with Melissa Etheridge’s full band concert. Full CU Pride Fest details are available at www.unitingpride.org/pride-2022.
MELISSA ETHERIDGE: ONE WAY OUT TOUR
Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades.
Melissa’s first album led to a live appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show. For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs,” and “Ain’t It Heavy,” for which she won a Grammy in 1992. But Etheridge really hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am (1993). The collection featured the massive hits, “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought Etheridge her second Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Performance.
In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest charting album, Your Little Secret, which was distinguished by the hit single, “I Want to Come Over.” Her astounding success that year led to Etheridge receiving the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996.
In February 2007, Melissa Etheridge celebrated a career milestone with a victory in the “Best Song” category at the Academy Awards for “I Need to Wake Up,” written for the Al Gore documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth.
In 2020, Etheridge launched her own live streaming subscription and single ticket concert platform, Etheridge TV. Etheridge plays five unique shows Tuesday-Saturday at 3pm (PT) and has done over 200 live streams in 2020.
On September 17, 2021, Melissa released a new album called One Way Out. The 9-track album is a collection of songs Etheridge wrote in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s that never made the cut….until now. The time is finally right, and fans will finally get a deeper glimpse to who Melissa was then.
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