Cris Williamson Birthday Celebration and CD Release

Cris Williamson Birthday Celebration and CD Release

Vicki Randle, Julie Wolf, Barbara Higbie, Shelley Doty, Scott Amendola, Zachary Ostroff

Saturday, February 11th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$30 Advance/$34 Door

Advance tickets for this show are sold out. Standing room only tickets will be available when the show starts at 8pm.

Cris Williamson
Cris Williamson
"The first time I heard Cris' music, it was like hearing honey dripped on a cello... Cris has been a whole lot of women's heroes -- including mine." - Bonnie Raitt

Decades before women had any real access to the music industry, Cris Williamson was busy changing the face, and challenging the very structure, of popular music. In 1975, the twenty-something former school teacher recorded The Changer and the Changed,for her brainchild, Olivia Records, the first woman-owned woman-focused record company.

Her music and voice quickly became an essential part of the soundtrack of a movement, and was the cornerstone of what would become known as “women’s music,” music created, performed, and marketed specifically for and by women. Today, that recording, The Changer and the Changed, remains one of the best-selling independent releases of all time.

For Cris, the music became the vehicle for something larger. Her lyrics appear on a regular basis in books and thesis papers. Her albums are part of the curriculum for women's studies courses, and thousands of people who may not even know her name join their voices in "Song of the Soul" around campfires and places of worship. She is embraced by women. She is sampled in hip-hop. Her music is used by midwives welcoming life into the world, while hospice choirs sing her songs in tender sacred escort.

"She is often considered a treasure, passed hand-to-hand, person-to-person," says the Boston Phoenix, "Williamson is a heroic character whose tireless activism continues."

Today, with 32 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.'

Criss new album, Motherland, produced by Julie Wolf, has just been released. Cris is currently touring the new material, teaching songwriting, working with choruses, enjoying collaboration, and lastly, preparing her newest selection of music for the month of
February. Stay tuned!
Vicki Randle
Vicki Randle
San Francisco native Vicki Randle has worked with such diverse artists as Aretha Franklin and Kenny Loggins, Celine Dion and Dr. John, Mickey Hart and Lionel Ritchie. She was the percussionist and lead singer for the acclaimed Tonight Show Band led by Kevin Eubanks for more than 14 years.
Julie Wolf
Oakland’s Julie Wolf is a composer, teacher, and master of the accordion who has worked with Maceo Parker, Ani DiFranco, the Indigo Girls, Bruce Cockburn, Cris Williamson, and Barbara Higbie, as well as composing music for films and serving as music director for the Berkeley Rep’s 2010 world premiere of Girlfriend.
Barbara Higbie
Barbara Higbie
Barbara Higbie is a master of piano and violin who combines technical brilliance with the pure joy of playing. Her unique compositions weave together elements of jazz, folk, and classical with the music of Ghana and Brazil. She’s joined tonight by a group of musical guests for an evening of melodic merry making.
Shelley Doty
Shelley Doty
"...the complete performer in her use of cranked up emotions in her singing, edgy rock energy and swinging jazz guitar rhythms."

Labeled "a future legend" by one reviewer and a "guitar goddess" by another, Shelley Doty is considered one the best independent performers in the business. Watching her perform is awe-inspiring due to her masterful guitar licks, soulful voice and charismatic stage presence. As a songwriter, she creates articulate songs for today by sprinkling them with respect for the music of her youth (rock, R&B, jazz, funk). Shelley sings with passion and plays with an authentic raw energy that cuts through the air with jubilant imagination and freshness. Her brand new CD "Over The Line" is now out and available via CD Baby.

In addition to fronting her band, the Shelley Doty X-tet, Shelley also often performs solo acoustic. When Shelley plays electric guitar she rips into it like no other woman ever has - she has a swagger and confidence to play lead guitar that is as rare as it is electrifying. But she also has the subtly and tenderness to cause an audience to shiver at the elegance of her voice and insightful lyrics. Don't be fooled though - she can bring the same intensity she's known for when playing electric to an acoustic setting. Shelley was featured in the March 2008 issue of the renowned Guitar Player Magazine.
Scott Amendola
Scott Amendola
For Scott Amendola, the drum kit isn’t so much an instrument as a musical portal. An ambitious composer, savvy bandleader and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Charlie Hunter, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades, violinists Regina Carter and Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, players who have each forged a singular path within and beyond the realm of jazz.

No project better displays Amendola’s big ears and musical ambitions than “Fade To Orange”, an orchestral piece commissioned as part of the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s Irvine Foundation-funded New Visions/New Vistas initiative. The roiling work premiered to critical acclaim at Oakland’s Paramount Theater on April 15, 2011.

As a sideman, Amendola has performed and recorded with a vast, stylistically varied roster of artists, including Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Mike Patton, Mondo Cane, John Scofield, Cibo Matto, John Dieterich from Deerhoof, Wadada Leo Smith, Bruce Cockburn, Madeleine Peyroux, Joan Osborne, Jacky Terrasson, Shweta Jhaveri, Phil Lesh, Sex Mob, Kelly Joe Phelps, Larry Klein, Carla Bozulich, Wayne Horvitz, Johnny Griffin, Julian Priester, Sonny Simmons, Pat Martino, Jim Campilongo, Bobby Black, Larry Goldings, Paul McCandless, Rebecca Pidgeon, and the Joe Goode Dance Group.

Over a career spanning more than three decades, Amendola has forged deep ties across the country, and throughout the world. As an ambitious composer, savvy bandleader, electronics explorer, first-call accompanist, and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his wide-ranging rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. He’s never more than one degree away from a powerful musical hook-up.
Zachary Ostroff
Zachary Ostroff is a 21 year old musician, composer, and singer. Although he is most well known as an upright bassist, Zachary also performs and records on guitar, drums, piano, and ukulele. He straddles the jazz, classical, and rock worlds in his work as a leader, sideman, and soloist, performing wherever the music takes him.

In 2014, Zach made his debut performance as a leader, since fronting garage rock bands in middle school, at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.. In the fall, he will be featured in the HBO Series Masterclass performing with Joshua Bell in New York and London. In 2013, he was the youngest faculty member of the Stanford Jazz Institute. In 2012, he was invited to participate as a member of the Americans for the Arts' National Policy Roundtable hosted by Robert Redford along with Stanley Tucci, Robert Gupta, Bill Ivey, and other notable artists, actors, musicians and policy makers. In 2011, he appeared on the GRAMMYs alongside Best New Artist, Esperanza Spalding. Zachary was also named the only 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts for jazz, one of the nation's highest honors for achievement in the arts. He is a Stanford University undergraduate student studying Earth Systems with the aim of carving a path towards helping others in every facet of his life.

He draws his musical inspiration from good people, animals, the Earth, good waves, and the present moment.