On tour in the Northwest, Bonoff will first play a show in Portland, then at Seattle’s Triple Door, before taking the ferry to Vashon for a single performance tonight at Vashon Theatre.
With a career that spans 40 years, the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter will perform songs from all four of her albums plus some new material. Acoustic guitaritst Nina Gerber has toured with Bonoff for more than a decade and will accompany Bonoff who will split her time between playing the guitar and baby grand piano.
Part of the new wave of female songwriters in the 70s who personalized songs with soul-searching lyrics, Bonoff’s hit “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me” sung by Linda Ronstadt, “Home” sung by Bonnie Raitt and “Tell Me Why” sung by Wynonna Judd were among her many titles that resonated with fans then and still do today.
“Music transcends and moves people,” Bonoff said. “People say, ‘You were the soundtrack of my life,’ and that is so meaningful to me. I feel that way about other songs. They do stay with you, and you remember where you were at a certain point — you smell all the smells.”
Tickets are $30 in advance and sold at vashontheatre.com or $35 at the door. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21.