Donna Herula performs with her Trio May 4, 2022, 7:00 pm/CST at Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St., Woodstock, on the historic Woodstock Square. This Off Square Music event is our second 1st Wednesday Concert.
If you love the blues, if you love slide guitar, you’ll love the Donna Herula Trio. In 2021, Donna was voted Artist of the year winner in the UK and is tearing up the circuit in Chicago-land blues venues. She has played with some of the greats and looks like she is only 25! She specializes in traditional Delta and Country Blues, early Chicago Blues, folk, Americana, and roots music.
Acoustic Guitar Magazine named native Chicagoan Donna Herula as one of the top 10 up and coming resonator guitar players in an article, “Down and Dirty: 10 contemporary resonator players talk about their love for that nasty sound.” On October 16th, 2016, Donna was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame at Buddy Guy’s Legends.
The Donna Herula Trio includes Donna Herula (vocals and resonator slide guitar), Tony Wittrock (resonator guitar), and Marc Edelston (upright bass). Read more below about Donna Herula and the other members of her Trio – and enjoy a sample performance!
Attend at Stage Left. Tickets are $15.00/pp to attend the live event at Stage Left Cafe. Get your tickets for the live event here.
Attend via Zoom. You can also enjoy the concert from home! Tickets are $10.00/pp to attend via Zoom. Get your Zoom tickets here. Prior to the event, we’ll send an email with the Zoom link to everyone who purchased tickets.
About Donna Herula, Our May 4 Performer
Donna Herula is a Chicago-born blues singer, songwriter, and slide guitarist that has a passion for playing traditional Delta and Country Blues, early Chicago Blues, folk, Americana, and roots music. Using electrified resonator guitars, her sound combines her love for the music of the Deep South and Chicago with her love of blues guitar improvisation. Her songwriting tips the hat to the tradition while creating a fresh, contemporary perspective on blues and roots music.
Donna is Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee and was voted “Artist of the Year” by Doc’ Blues Awards 2021 (UK). Her 2021 album “Bang at the Door” charted #1 for the year 2021 on the Acoustic Blues Album Chart and charted #24 for the year on the Blues Album Chart, according to the Roots Music Report. “Bang at the Door” was nominated for best Acoustic Blues Album by the 2021 Blues Blast Music Awards and it was listed on numerous “Top 10” and “Best Album of the Year” lists.
Donna is a 2022 nominee for the International Acoustic Music Awards including “Best Female Artist” for “Who’s Been Cookin’ in My Kitchen” and “Best AAA/Alternative Song” for “Bang at the Door.” She also received a number of nominations by the 2022 Fair Play Country Music Media Group Red Carpet Awards in Holland including: “Best Song of the Year – All Genres” and “Best Collaboration in Music” (with Jon Shain) for “Got What I Deserve,” “Best Original Americana Song” for “Movin’ Back Home,” “Best Blues & Jazz Original” for “Can’t Wait to See My Baby,” “Best Voice – all Genres” and “Songwriter of the Year.”
You can read more about Donna Herula on her website.
Donna Herula – What folks say
“A truly gifted virtuoso of the resonator guitar who also possesses the most stunning of voices. Herula is a Chicago born Blues artist of the highest order who not only sings, plays slide but also is a more than accomplished composer.” ~ Peter Merrett, PBS 106.7 FM, Melbourne, Australia
“This album certainly will be destined for awards — it’s the best acoustic blues and roots album I’ve heard in at least a year, if not longer. I most highly recommend this CD for all lovers of traditional and acoustic blues. It’s a wonderful mix of Delta and Chicago blues with some great folky overtones. I don’t think I can pick out a favorite cut here because they are all superb. Eleven fine originals and three marvelous covers make for some really interesting and classic performances from top to bottom.” ~ Steve Jones, Chicago Blues Guide
“Donna Herula is totally amazing. Anyone who wants to learn more about blues music or U.S. history should watch for an opportunity to hear her. I went to the Arlington Heights library concert that featured her trio and learned so much — and was inspired to find more connections to other videos on YouTube and other sites. I think the messages she and her trio present could help enrich anyone’s understanding of our world. I can’t wait to hear her Off Square Music concert!” ~ Mary Sherman
Ways to get to know Donna and her music better
- Visit Donna’s website – https://donnaherula.com/
- Follow Donna on Facebook – @DonnaHerulaMusic
- Also on Instagram – @donnaherula
- And YouTube – Donna Herula Music
1st Wednesday Concert Series
The 1st Wednesdays Concert Series (formerly 4th Friday Concerts at Home) from Off Square Music features touring musicians and bands. Our concerts are now Hybrid Events, live at Stage Left Cafe or virtual via Zoom.
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