Columbia Theatre to present Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
Date: April 27, 2012

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     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas, on May 4.

     Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre, the event is exclusively sponsored by Whitney Bank.

     "Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans, returns to Southeastern's Columbia Theatre bringing her distinctive voice, the one that makes you 'sit up straight even before making you move to the tune,' to again charm North Shore audiences," said C. Roy Blackwood, Columbia Theatre interim director. "Designated 'one of America's 50 great voices by NPR,' Ms. Thomas will grace our stage with another memorable performance. She is a living treasure; don't miss this opportunity."

     A Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Thomas has a music career that spans 50 years, including numerous Grammy nominations, a Grammy Award for her 2006 album "After the Rain," and two Soul-Blues Albums of the Year.

     Tickets range from $38 - $44 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at

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