Backyard Betties Zoom Concert and Open Mic
Zoom Concert for Women in the Arts/National Women's Music Festival Members
We will start with a song by Jori Costello followed by a 30-minute concert with The Backyard Betties which will be followed by 60 minute Open Mic led by Jori Costello.
The Backyard Betties, based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, offer an authentic folk/americana style performance. The band engages audiences with Nancy Laberge's witty banter and heartfelt original songs, the high-energy background vocals of Pip Hazell, the vocal-harmony and driving beats of Sarah Nielsen, and the captivating lead guitar of Mark Cassano. Together, they skillfully communicate personal experiences of love, life, and loss through their music, creating a genuine and relatable connection with their listeners.
The Backyard Betties are proud to introduce their newly refined sound featuring a three-part harmony of unique female voices. This distinctive vocal blend has garnered them invitations to multiple events and venues throughout Alberta and British Columbia. In July 2023, they completed a showcase at the National Women's Music Festival in Wisconsin, earning an invitation back as a full-stage act in 2024. Additionally, the group is set to participate in the Folk Alliance in Kansas City in 2024, as part of the Alberta Room. The Backyard Betties have stepped up their game with two new releases (released under Nancy Laberge). The first, "Forgiveness and Grace," was nominated for a YYC Music Award in 2022 and became a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. The second release, "Just Leave," received a nomination for a YYC Music Award in 2023. Notably, Nancy achieved international recognition by securing the People's Choice Award at the esteemed Edinburgh Folk Club's 47th Annual Songwriting Competition.
Their recent performances include the Calgary Folk Club, Rocky Mountain Folk Club in Calgary, Gallery House Concerts Society in Calgary, Calgary Stampede, Calgary Public Libraries, Inglewood & Currie Night Markets in Calgary, Skirts a Fire Festival in Edmonton, The Venue in High River, and Invermere Pride. They have also graced the stages of popular Calgary venues such as the Ironwood Stage and Grill and Gravity Wine and Espresso Bar for their sell-out Backyard Betties bash annually.
JORI COSTELLO Is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, performer, playwright, visual artist, and teacher based out of the Ozark Mountains in Fayetteville, AR. In her fifth decade of performing, Jori has been in several bands, choirs, been a solo performer, festival emcee, stage manager, dance DJ, and now in its 3rd year, the radio host for the womens music show, Go Sistah Go.
She is well known for her part in the nationally touring band, Big Bad Gina, with Renée Janski and Melodie Griffis, and in the art-rock duo, Jorian Oxygen which grew out of The Jori Costello Band. Her one-woman musical tribute, Songs of My Soul, has been featured at 7 regional festivals and venues. Collaborating with actor/director Jules Taylor, Jori has added soundscape, original music, music direction, and live performance for several Northwest Arkansas theatres. Jori teaches private lessons in multiple instruments, serves as a session staffer at Girls Rock Camp Madison, and is the creator of a summer camp music program.
Schedule - All shows start at 7pm (Central Time Zone)
7pm - Jori Costello - Open Mic
7:10 - The Backyard Betties
7:45-9:00pm - Jori Costello - Open Mic
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