“One of the finest bands in America right now, like a folk-based U2.” -San Diego Troubadour
San Rafael, CA (PRWEB) October 04, 2012
With their decade plus of live performances and recordings, BLAME SALLY has established a legacy of song combining country, folk, rock, Celtic and strains of classical music, which has brought originality together with a roots sensibility and pop accessibility.”
This local folk-rock quartet with an attitude, combines acoustic textures with Americana harmonies and an independent spirit. They’ve shared stages with like-minded artists like Los Lobos, Ani DiFranco, Richard Thompson, Roseanne Cash, Joan Beaz and Greg Brown. In 2007, Severland, the Sally’s third album charted number one on XM Satellite Radio’s Starbuck’s XM Café, and Neil Young featured their protest song “If You Tell a Lie” on his Living with War site. The band released their fourth studio album,
Speeding Ticket and a Valentine in 2011.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Amazing Live Acoustic Folk Rock Harmonies
Some Table seating available
General Admission- First Come First Served
Concessions include beer/wine/signature cocktail/snacks
Purchase Tickets in advance/at the Center for best pricing
Typically plenty of space, but give yourself time for parking
Blame Sally has always been impossible to pin down with clichés and conventional wisdom. Each of the four women put her individual career aside to start Blame Sally when they were in their late thirties and forties – the age at which bands are traditionally supposed to break up and begin solo careers. And, obviously, this is an all-female band, albeit not a “girl group” in the traditional sense, those usually being the novel province of youthful upstarts, not mature singer/songwriters.
Formed in 2000, Blame Sally – Pam Delgado (percussion and vocals), Renee Harcourt (guitar, bass and vocals), Jeri Jones (guitar, bass and vocals} and Monica Pasqual (piano, accordion and vocals) – realized early on “that some of the things that might have been considered liabilities were actually assets,” says Pasqual, “and that in truth, the very thing you might be thinking you should hide or isn’t going to help you is something that people are excited about.”
Severland followed a period during which the band underwent some serious reflection –Then, after a successful collaboration with Grammy Award-nominated producer Lee Townsend on Night of 1000 Stars, Blame Sally opted to self-produce Speeding Ticket and a Valentine, in hopes of more faithfully capturing the edginess of their live dynamic.
As has often been noted about Blame Sally, this is an outfit that boasts not only strong compositional and vocal skills, but serious instrumental chops as well. “I don’t think there are that many well-known women singer-songwriters who are that good on their instruments,” says Pasqual. “Ani DiFranco, Bonnie Raitt or Tori Amos, yeah, but they’re often backed up by men. So people do get surprised when they see four women playing really well. It crosses a lot of gender and age stereotypes, too; people who are just into music all really relate to that.”
ABOUT THE KANBAR CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS:
Epitomizing the essence of Marin, with a range of authentic cultural experiences enjoyed by many generations, the Osher Marin JCC offers award-winning facilities, including The Kanbar Center, which has established a strong and well respected reputation within the community as a Center for the Performing Arts in Marin County. Originally known as CenterStage, this performing arts department within the Osher Marin JCC has been presenting a stunning lineup of world-class performances from emerging and established performers annually since 1990. Venues include the grand Hoytt Theater, the intimate Kurland Lounge and outdoor venue, Swig Field. Performances offer concessions including cocktails for those 21+ We invite all to come early, get to know each other and celebrate with us.