Tickets on sale now for Buffy St. Marie Tribute April 18th (Mariee Sioux, Emily Jane White, & more) + Chasing the Moon w/ Sonya Cotton & Honeycomb
there are two wonderful & complex shows i'm helping to put together this month. i really believe they are going to be unique events that i hope will bring you pleasure and contentment to attend.
in an effort to be more organized about things, we are selling tickets in advance, and this message is to encourage you to purchase yours now by going to the links below. I think they are very reasonably priced for what surprises & good songs are in store, & you will be supporting the musical & creative efforts of many people, which is a worthy cause in itself, while simultaneously gaining satisfaction from the performances. :) similarly, any help in spreading the word is more than greatly appreciated. all the RSVP links are below - please invite friends, post to your various web pages, & mark your calendars clearly. if you are able to help by handing out flyers (street team style), please let me know!!
thanks so much! hope to see you on the 18th & 28th.
Sunday April 18th, SeaweedSway & the Songbird Festival Present
a Tribute to Buffy St. Marie,
with songs from Emily Jane White, Mariee Sioux & Friends, Michelle Hannigan (the Sarees), Heidi Alexander (the Sandwitches), Windy Gap, Conspiracy of Venus, Michael Musika, & Gabrielle Ekedal.
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.
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:
(purchasing tickets in advance makes us happy & is much appreciated. great as gifts for friends or for yourself! :) w/
HONEYCOMB* podcast release! The premier of Honeycomb's Chasing the Moon episode myspace.com/honeycombmusic *not playing live, but will be fully present at the show, perhaps singing along :) plus live music from
SONYA COTTON Labeled "The Frida Khalo of songwriting," Sonya's compositions are deeply personal, drawing upon her dreams, family, and love; they often come from a place of profound reverence for the natural world and the creatures of the earth. "Sonya Maria Cotton ... is a really damn fine singer." --Pitchfork sonyacotton.com
JASCHA VS. JASCHA After using his dreams to spark a music career in Brooklyn, Jascha moved to San Francisco to record his first album. With hushed vocals and unexpected twists, his songs are vulnerable, clever and eccentric. Jascha will be joined by Dina Maccabee and special guests to celebrate the release of his album *A Cure For Sleep*—and the launch of an open-source songwriting blog.
KRIS GRUEN Born in New York City, Kris Gruen is a Vermont-based singer-songwriter. Often compared to Andrew Bird, The Arcade Fire, and The Decembrists, Part of It All, with the help of Mother West producers/engineers Charles Newman, JJ Beck and Rob Stevens, takes Gruenâ€™s songs and stories to an adventurous and fresh musical place. krisgruen.com
"Full Pink Moon: This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month's celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn." farmersalmanac.com/full-moon-names
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