SUNDAY APRIL 18TH
SEAWEEDSWAY & SONGBIRD FESTIVAL PRESENT:
A TRIBUTE TO BUFFY ST. MARIE
EMILY JANE WHITE
MARIEE SIOUX & FRIENDS
MICHELE HANNIGAN (the Sarees)
HEIDI ALEXANDER (the Sandwitches)
CONSPIRACY OF VENUS
"I hear Buffy's influences in the macabre lullabies of Diamanda Galas and the sagacious song stories of Mariee Sioux." - Devendra Banhart in Bust Magazine
Cree Indian folksinger Buffy Sainte-Marie first made a name for herself in the folk revival scene of the early 1960s, and released her successful debut “It’s My Way!” in 1964. Her intense vibrato and complete vocal fearlessness are often compared to Joni Mitchell or Joan Baez, but her political stances are very much her own. After recording “Universal Soldier,” a song which takes individual soldiers to task for participating in war (“He’s the Universal Soldier, and he really is to blame,” she sang) Sainte-Marie was blacklisted from radio on orders from the White House itself -- in the late 1960s, this was a career death sentence. Not one to let others slow her down, she became a regular cast member of children’s television show Sesame Street, noting that she wanted kids to know that Indians still existed and were part of society. Popular culture, then as now, wasn’t forthcoming with that information. Education was and remains important to her, and she also saw Sesame Street as an exercise in democratic learning. She continued to make music, however, enjoying success overseas and in “Indian Country.” In 1969, she came out with one of the first records to feature electronically generated sounds, with her voice and guitars altered to psychedelic effect by a Buchla synthesizer. This went against the “Pocahontas with a guitar” image that many had formed of her, and “Illuminations” apparently scared a lot of fans away. Today, it’s seen as an important musical advance and a skilled collaboration between musician and scientist, in addition to being yet another signal of a great mind at work. Currently on tour behind her new, well-reviewed record, “Running for the Drum,” Sainte-Marie continues to enchant her fans, who include Morrissey, Rufus Wainwright, Robbie Robertson, and Neko Case, among other notable people. For these reasons and many others, and out of admiration for her eclectic, adventurous fashion sensibilities, we pay her tribute.
@ THE MAKE-OUT ROOM
3225 22nd St.
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Emily Jane White
Buffy St. Marie
Emily Jane White
Michele Hannigan (the Sarees)
Heidi Alexander (the Sandwitches)
Conspiracy of Venus
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Buffy St. Marie in BUST Magazine:
This just in: Buffy's Academy Award-winning song will be performed, just for us, on April 18. There is either nothing better, or else nothing worse, than the following clip. Jennifer Warnes' hair will not be joining us, alas. Here it is - Up Where We Belong, sung by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes:
Buffy for beginners.
Take My Hand for Awhile:
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