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June 10, 2010

Starr stars as Tina at Roxy

Check out these legs. Starr Fisher is returning from her show in Las Vegas to take the stage in Muskogee for a Tina Turner Tribute.

The show is part of an impersonator series that continues at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Roxy Theater in downtown Muskogee.

“It’s going to be a fun-filled power-packed evening and everyone should come out and see my legs,” Fisher said and laughed. “Tina Turner has the most awesome legs.”

Turner is often called the “queen of rock ’n’ roll” with a career that has included hits like “Proud Mary” and “Private Dancer.” At age 70, she is still known for her shapely legs.

Fisher, a former Miss Black Oklahoma, is known for her powerful voice singing in Muskogee and frequently at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in Tulsa. She moved to Las Vegas in April to headline her own show with a band of five musicians from the area. They play at the BB King Lounge inside The Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

A friend of hers, who is a drummer, helped her make the connection.

“We’re doing everything from Aretha Franklin to Carlos Santana, Sly and the Family Stone,” she said.

They are playing four nights a week and live in condos while in Las Vegas. Phase III is the band and includes Harley Hamm, Muskogee, guitar; Charlie Redd, Tulsa, bass; Pete Tillman, Tulsa, drums; and Stephen Greer, Austin, Texas, music director.

“Vegas is totally awesome,” she said.

There is an agent wanting her to bring a video back from this show as Turner to see if it’s something he might make work in Vegas.

Fisher started her music career with a butter knife as her microphone in the kitchen at age 3.

Cassandra Gaines, Roxy manager, said Fisher always puts on a good show.

“I want everyone to come out and support the series,” Gaines said.

Paige Frix agreed. Her son, Avery Frix, is doing the lighting for the Tina Turner Tribute show. She’s seen Fisher perform in other shows at The Roxy.

“She brings a lot of energy,” Frix said. “She doesn’t put you to sleep; she makes you want to dance.”

Frix said The Roxy is a good venue with a family atmosphere.

Fisher will have friends singing with her as “The Ikettes,” like the trio of women that often sang with Tina Turner. Earl Clark will be part of band, too.

“It will be like a musical documentary,” Fisher said. “You’ll learn things you don’t know about Tina Turner as an artist and person. It’s an honor to portray Tina because of obstacles she’s overcome being from an abused household and a momma that abandoned her when she was young.”

Fisher has never impersonated Turner before but has been studying her characteristics. She can’t pick a favorite Turner tune.

“All of her songs are full of energy,” Fisher said. “I hope I get the spirit of Tina in me.”

If you go

WHAT: Tina Turner Tribute featuring Starr Fisher.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, doors open at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Roxy Theater, 220 W. Okmulgee Ave.

TICKETS: $15.

INFORMATION: 684-6363, Ext. 23.

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