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Musical tribute to honor R&B artist Minnie Riperton

8/11/2014, 1:16 p.m.
"Vivacious", a musical tribute honoring Minnie Riperton, will be presented to celebrate her life and legacy on August 22nd.
Petersburg native Angela Crawley will perform songs from Minnie Riperton in an upcoming musical tribute.

"Vivacious", a musical tribute honoring Minnie Riperton, will be presented to celebrate her life and legacy at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, August 22nd at The Shop, located at Zero E. Fourth Street in Richmond.

The salute, which chronicles the life, music, and times of Riperton, marks the 35th anniversary of her untimely death at the age of 31 to breast cancer.

A generous love offering will be accepted for donation. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a local breast cancer awareness organization.

Riperton's songs will be performed by Petersburg native Angela Crawley, and are interspersed with spoken word passages about her life and music.

Carrying a great passion for the performing arts since she was very young, Crawley has engaged in many singing, dancing, and musical instrument performances since the age of 10. She decided to fulfill her hidden desire to pursue acting and began taking classes in 2012.

She performed in a variety of roles, including the role of Catherine from the Tony Award-winning play, “Proof” and directed her first one-act play in 2013.

Keith Wallace, keyboardist from the local smooth jazz band Quintessential Jazz, will provide musical accompaniment.

The cast of "Vivacious" also includes, singers Carrie Simmons and Zita Correll, as well as television personality Belinda Todd. Ten year-old Elijah Coles-Brown makes his acting debut portraying the Greek muse of music, Euterpe.