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posted Friday, March 25, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 12
A Dyke About Town: Dark Divas present energetic performance
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A Dyke About Town: Dark Divas present energetic performance

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Dark Divas
Dark Divas' fundraiser for Nu Black ArtsWest Theater had a sold-out enthusiastic audience March 20 at the Triple Door. The theme was historical African-American female singers. It included interesting information about each of the women.

The ensemble opened with 'There's No Business Like Show Business' in very tight harmony. Kibibi Monie did a sweet rendition of an Ella Fitzgerald song 'A Tisket a Tasket.' Nyema Yvonne Clark's 'Santa Baby' was spunky. Josephine Howell's 'Willow Weep For Me' was luscious. Cuteness was impressed with her six-inch heels. Felicia Loud's Moms Mabley routine was funny and her voice was strong on 'Abraham, Martin, and John.'

Demene Hall knocked 'If I Can't Sell It' out of the park. Gwendolyn Phillips song about Bessie Smith, 'Let the People Know' was well-served by her powerful voice.

Cleve Ticeson's 'Sophisticated Lady' was mellow. Gwendolyn was channeling Billie Holiday on 'Good Morning Heartache.' Josephine's 'What a Difference a Day Makes' made Mercy chuckle with satisfaction.

Demene nailed Nina Simone's 'Four Women.' Kibibi's 'Summertime' paid nice respect to Sarah Vaughn. An encore of 'Down By the Riverside' rocked soulfully.

Madeleine Peyroux
Mercy is looking forward to seeing Madeleine Peyroux at Jazz Alley, because Madeleine is another chanteuse Cuteness has turned Mercy on to. The dates are March 31 to April 2. Peyroux is an American jazz singer, songwriter, and guitarist. She is noted for her vocal style, which has been compared to that of Billie Holiday. Peyroux has cited Holiday, Bessie Smith, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Mercer, Charlie Chaplin, Serge Gainsbourg, and Bob Dylan as influences on her music. Band members are Gary Versace (piano), Barak Mori (bass), and Darren Beckett (drums).

You can get your tickets at www.jazzalley.com.

Laura Love and Bitch
Mercy is a big fan of Laura Love. She is looking forward to seeing her and violinist Bitch at the Triple Door on Sunday, March 27. Love began her performing career at age 16, singing for the prisoners at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. Love relocated here, where she was a member of the late 1980s rock group Boom Boom G. She was also a member of the band Venus Envy. After Love released three albums on her own label, Octoroon Biography, Putamayo released a collection of her songs. Her album Welcome to Pagan Place included the controversial song 'I Want You Gone,' which was about George Bush. She published an autobiography, You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes, with an accompanying album of the same name in 2004. Her style has been described as Afro-Celtic and has also been influenced by bluegrass.

You can get your tickets at www.thetripledoor.com.

Seattle Men's Chorus (SMC)
Mercy is intrigued by SMC's upcoming concert on April 2 and 3 at McCaw Hall. It will contrast the lightness of the Weimar era with Gay persecution during the Holocaust. There will be an associated art exhibit. You can get your tickets from www.flyinghouse.org

Seattle Men's and Women's Choruses Free Children's Concert
Mercy wants you to know that on Saturday, April 2, Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus join forces with 30 of Village Theatre's KIDSTAGE kids (ages 11-19) to provide an entertaining, inspiring, and completely free one-hour matinee concert at McCaw Hall. This is the 12th year the groups have done this. Call or go online to request free tickets. (206) 388-1400; Monday-Friday noon-7 p.m.

Visit http://www.flyinghouse.org/smc/childrens/.

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