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Aimee Mann

Fresh from playing the ultimate house concert, the White House, singer and songwriter Aimee Mann returns to the road for a string of West Coast tour dates in August. Mann kicked off her tour at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and followed with a stop at the Hollywood Bowl for a tribute to Joni Mitchell, along with Herbie Hancock, Glen Hansard, Chaka Khan, Cassandra Wilson and Wayne Shorter.

She plays Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville.

To be clear, Mann doesn't usually play house parties. She made an exception when she was invited to perform in May at the official residence of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. Mann joined a prestigious cast of poets, musicians and artists to celebrate the art of American poetry and prose at the event.

Currently working on her eighth solo album, set for release in the next year, Mann also is writing a musical production based upon her critically acclaimed concept album "The Forgotten Arm," her first foray into the realm of musical theater. Set in the 1970s, "The Forgotten Arm" follows the story of John, a Vietnam vet and boxer struggling with drug addiction, and Caroline, a young woman trying to escape the dead-end world she lives in, as they meet, fall in love and take a road trip across America.

Never one to rest on her laurels, Mann has recorded albums and toured for the better part of the past decade.

She was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and three Grammies for her soundtrack of Paul Thomas Anderson's 1999 motion picture, "Magnolia." The soundtrack was released simultaneously alongside her album "Bachelor No. 2."

Mann continued her solo career with "Lost in Space" in 2002, her second release on Super Ego Records, then moved on to her first live CD and DVD, "Live at St. Ann's Warehouse," in 2004. "The Forgotten Arm" followed in 2005, then a Christmas album, "One More Drifter in the Show" (a homage to the spooky beauty of the holiday season) a year later.

Mann's 2008 release, "@#%&! Smilers," was hailed by Mojo magazine as "a masterpiece," while People Magazine pronounced "trends may come and go, but real artists, like this singer-songwriter, remain."

With the upbeat single "Freeway" garnering a solid amount of radio play across the country, Mann followed with sold-out summer, fall and Christmas tours, along with appearances on "The View" and "The Tonight Show." Mann also has brushed up on her comedic acting skills, with a recent guest appearance on IFC's "Portlandia."

Call 541-773-6077 or see www.brittfest.org for ticket information.

Singer and songwriter Aimee Mann turned heads nationally with Til Tuesday's '80s hit 'Voices Carry.' - Photo courtesy of Britt Festivals