March 8: Eugene Women in The Blues
Vipertoons Productions and The Eugene Weekly present Eugene Women in The Blues, a benefit for Womenspace, at Cozmic on International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8th. The benefit will feature Eugene area blues musicians including Barbara Healy, Gaye Lee Russell, Joanne Broh, Lynda Duffy, Darcy Lee Gribble, Matrisha Armitage, and more.
Barbara Healy’s soulful vocals and lyrics have ignited some of the finest West coast stages and radio waves for more than thirty years. She recently released her fifth CD, Shades of Blues with her new band, Barbara Healy & Her Groove Too Band.
A dynamic singer and charismatic entertainer, Gaye Lee Russell performs regionally with The Badass Band and also the Portland-based The Bridge Town Blues Review. She won the Rainy Day Blues Society’s Rooster Award in 2009 for “Best Female Blues Vocalist” and is recording a new CD to be released in 2013.
Known for her powerful, soulful voice and the passion of her performance, Joanne Broh is one of our area’s finest singers of blues, jazz, and Motown. In 2011 she was a finalist in the Cascade Blues Association’s Journey to Memphis competition.
Lynda Duffy is an explosive, sultry vocalist performing R & B and blues with the richly blended Americana band Barefoot Leroy. Darcy Lee Gribble performs with the rockin’ blues and soul band Heavy Chevy, currently in the studio working on their first CD to be released later this year. Matrisha Armitage is one-half of Bajuana Tea, a duo that combines old and new school in a way that captures the audience with creative originals and classic covers.
Womenspace believes each person has the right to live a life free from violence and fear of abuse. The agency’s mission is to prevent domestic violence in intimate partner relationships in Lane County and support survivors in claiming personal power. One in four women and one in seven men will experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetime. Locally, one in three police call outs are domestic violence related. By providing support and resources to survivors of intimate partner violence, educating the community and working together Womenspace knows we can decrease the rate of domestic violence and create a healthier and safer community for everyone.
Benefit organizer Jon Silvermoon said “This benefit is one way the local blues community can help offset a small part of Womenspace’s loss of funding due to the failure of Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act while at the same time celebrate the depth and talent of local women blues artists on International Women’s Day.
Advance tickets for $10 are available at Cozmic, CD World, House of Records, and Museum of Unfine Art and Record Store or online at cozmicpresents.com. Tickets at the door are on a sliding scale of $12 to $20 with a suggested admission of $15. Cozmic is at 199 West 8th in Eugene. Show time is 8:00 pm.