On Saturday, August 17, join us at Open Space for Arts & Community for a powerful night of women’s music featuring the iconic Jami Sieber, Ferron, and Cris Williamson. We’re absolutely thrilled to be hosting what’s sure to be a memorable night of soul-shaking tunes when this dynamic group of musicians/songwriters/composers grace our Grand Hall stage in a benefit concert for LGBTQ services for youth on Vashon. Doors open at 6pm, and the once-in-a-lifetime performance begins at 7pm.
Electric cellist and vocalist Jami Sieber reaches inside the soul with compositions that are contemporary, timeless, lush, and powerfully evocative. Sieber’s musical path has traveled from classical to folk to rock/pop where within her popular band “Rumors of the Big Wave,” she garnered the coveted Northwest Area Music Association (NAMA) Award for Best Rock Instrumentalist. Jami’s sometimes ethereal, sometimes hard-edged style of performance has earned her rave reviews throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, and has brought her invitations to be a guest artist in China, Russia, the Balkans, Italy, France, and Thailand.
In addition to being one of Canada’s most famous folk musicians, Ferron is one of the most influential writers and performers of women’s music, and an important influence on later musicians such as Ani DiFranco and the Indigo Girls. From the mid-eighties on, Ferron’s songwriting talents have been recognized and appreciated by music critics and broader audiences, with comparisons being made to the writing talents of Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen. Ferron has published 14 albums, including: her-well known Testimony (1980), whose title song is something of an anthem for many in the women’s music community; Shadows on a Dime (1984); Driver (1993); Boulder (2008), and most recently Lighten-ing (2014).
Decades before indie labels were the norm and years before women had any real access to the music industry, Cris Williamson was busy changing the face of popular music. In 1975, the twenty-something former schoolteacher recorded The Changer and the Changed for her brainchild, Olivia Records, the first woman-owned, woman-focused record company. Cris Williamson’s music and voice quickly became the soundtrack of a movement, and was the cornerstone of what would become known as “women’s music”—music created, performed, and marketed specifically to women. Today, The Changer and the Changed remains one of the best-selling independent releases of all time. Today, with 30+ full albums to her credit, Cris continues to tour the acoustic circuit adding new material at each juncture. Her performance career includes three sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall and the headlining of many of the great folk festivals, including Newport, Kerrville, Moab and Vancouver.