The Sparwood Legion is hosting a Tina Turner tribute performance on Mar. 25, as part of the Hope Beyond Thunderdome PTSD Awareness tour. Expect to hear classic hits such as “Proud Mary”, “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, and “Private Dancer”.
Luisa Marshall is the performer behind the Tina Turner look alike. Her performances have been featured on both Oprah and Ellen’s talk shows and she has performed beside her doppelganger. Marshall organized the tour in benefit of PTSD and is taking the show from Vancouver, B.C. to St. John’s NL.
Her opening show on Vancouver Island raised $3,600 towards the cause.
“She’s been wanting to do some sort of tour for PTSD for quite some time and they have come up with this idea that they are going to cross Canada and do these shows and the proceeds go to that charity,” said Roger Fairhurst, an organizer of the show. “We are also holding a 50/50 draw that night where of course the winner will get half and then the other half will go to that charity as well.”
Fairhurst is anticipating a full house for the show, as 80 per cent of the tickets have already been sold.
“Our ticket sales are pretty good. I’m hoping to of course sell out. All the proceeds from the ticket sales go to her; the legion just takes the bar sales, which is a good deal for everybody,” he said.
Fairhurst saw Tina Turner perform in Vancouver in the 1980s and says that Marshall is a very convincing replica of Turner.
“Unless you put them side by side, because Tina is much taller – she does a very good act,” he said.
“We are very excited. It’s not very often we can bring somebody of this caliber into the Elk Valley here and offer people a chance to see something they wouldn’t have seen unless they’d gone to a casino in Vancouver or something.”
The two-act show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Mar. 25. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Sparwood Legion.