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The Valentine Songologues
The Resource Center for Nonviolence
Santa Cruz, CA
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The Valentine Songologues
~ an evening of stories and songs by women, for everyone ~
A benefit for the Walnut Avenue Women's Center

Saturday February 16th @ 8pm
@ the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street  Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The Valentine Songologues were inspired by the V-Day movement, which was begun by Eve Ensler, creator of the Vagina Monologues. V-Day is a global movement to end violence against girls and women and is celebrated in February around Valentine's Day.  This year, five female songwriters from Santa Cruz and across California come together to share their songs in celebration of women's health, safety and empowerment. Proceeds from the evening will go to the Walnut Avenue Women's Center, a community and family resource center in Santa Cruz.

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~ Performers include ~

AMANDA WEST ~  ~ Philosophical Folk Songstress
 A performing songwriter for over half her lifetime, Amanda West regularly tours west coast and has participated in a range of festivals including California World Fest, The Kate Wolf Festival, Fairieworlds and the San Francisco Free Folk Festival. She has self-produced four CD's and is currently working on her second solo album. With an inquisitive mind, open heart, and old soul, this engaging songstress sings to heal the world and remind us all of our beautiful interconnectedness.
 Pete Solomon accompanies on world percussion, keyboards, classically influenced jazz saxophone and the occasional electronic loop. The duo explores topics from humanity's impact on the planet, to musings on women's role in society, intimate stories of love, and recipes for self empowerment and cultural evolution.

LEAH RAY MENDEZ ~ ~ Wistful Songbird
Dripping with bittersweet and haunting beauty, Leah Ray Mendez's music brings listeners to a place of intimacy, romance, and honesty. The bluesy-folk sounds of Leah's arrangements are intricately woven together by plucked guitar, grounding bass, syncopated percussion, and soaring, vulnerably sweet vocals.  "Leah Ray Mendez's music is a creative folk masterpiece and she deserves to be celebrated as a top indie folk artist." -I Am Entertainment Magazine

MANA MADDY ~ ~ River Nymph Blues
Multi-instrumentalist and songstress Madeline Streicek was born to an opera singer mother and gold miner father in the bustling northern BC logging town of Quesnel. Based in the Bay Area since 2006, she's now enchanting audiences as Mana Maddy and delivers an osmotic blend of folk, doo-wop and classical music with the same palpable electricity that won over fans of her previous roles in Bay Area groups Antioquia & Whiskerman. Mana Maddy's EP Another Trip Around the Sun numbered among the Top 12 Debuts of 2012 on music blog, along with reviewer Dennis Cook's apt forecast: "...this feels like a creative torrent on the verge of breaking free."

MARYA STARK ~ ~ Cinematic Dream Folk
"Marya Stark's music is Crystaline Goddess Magic woven with lyrical and musical genius and aromas of interplanetarhealing"

"Marya takes singing to a whole different dimension, showcasing vocal control unheard by any of today's top major label. A multi-instrumentalist / composer, songwriter and singer, she delivers everything I've been begging for since I first heard artists like Bjork and Amel Larrieux."

"Freddy Mercury does the Nutcracker"

LILY WILSON ~ ~ Sweet Soulful Folk-Pop
Lily's career in music began when she moved to Spain, and was drawn to the Flamenco songs coming from gypsy caves above the city. She started writing, and was soon performing on street corners, in teashops and clubs all over Andalusia. Now based in Los Angeles, she has released five CDs independently, and is currently writing and recording with producer/ bassist, Mark Browne (Melissa Etheridge, Simple Minds). Her voice has been described as "soothing in some other worldly way," with her sound reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, Sarah McLachlan or Patty Griffin. Lily has lent her voice to other artists' projects, and has performed and recorded with Melissa Etheridge, Beth Thornley, Kiki Ebsen, Philip Sayce, Kenny Loggins, Patty Griffin, and John Batdorf.



The Resource Center for Nonviolence (View)
612 Ocean St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
United States

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Music > All Ages
Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter
Other > Fundraisers

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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