Female icons rock at Weigel Hall
Holly Near and Cris Williamson, icons in the genre of independent women's music and outspoken activists, will appear
at Weigel Hall at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.
The pair has been performing nationally to sold-out houses in celebration of
the August 2003 release of their joint CD.
While not widely recognized by the mainstream, both have met with large
and appreciative audiences since the 1970s - when a women's genre was truly "alternative."
They have served as tremendous
influences in the forefront of the women's music movement - and a major presence in the lesbian community for decades.
are both singer/songwriters who try to incorporate into our lyrics - either the songs we write ourselves or ones we choose
by other writers - some kind of reflection of positive conscientious community thinking," Near said.
In addition to
music, Near and Williamson will talk about their experiences. While Near assures concert attendees a "nice concert," she promises
it will not be void of content.
"We take situations we've experienced either in our family life or social change movements
we've worked with," Near said. "We reference them in a way the audience relates with and finds amusing and entertaining."
concert is brought to Ohio State by Silverstream Music and co-sponsored by the OSU Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender
"GLBT helped bring them here because they are both such instrumental figures in women's music and
music in general, that we wanted to bring these two pioneers here in order to give people in a Columbus a chance to hear their
music," said Brett Beemyn, coordinator of GLBT services. "It also serves as a small precursor to the National Women's Music
Festival that we are sponsoring this summer."
Proceeds from the concert will benefit the National Women's Music Festival,
which has its permanent home at OSU. The NWMF, celebrating its 30th year this summer, is the oldest women's festival running.
The concert will be interpreted in American Sign Language. Tickets can be bought at the door for $35. For information
call Silverstream Music at 614-675-1182.