Gaye Adegbalola, Founding member of Saffire, the Uppity Blues Women, brings her dynamic presentation on Women in the Blues to GCCR, to help raise money for GLSEN Richmond. This workshop will be on Sunday April 1 at 4 pm in the GCCR Event Hall. Suggested donation of $5 ( more if you can, less if you can’t, no one turned away).
Gaye traces the history of blues women from the 1920s to today. She shares video and/or audio clips from Bessie Smith to Billie Holiday, from Rosetta Tharpe to Big Mama Thornton, from Etta Baker to Etta James and many others. She illuminates how the history of working class black women is documented in blues lyrics. Musically, she highlights the many vocal techniques (wails, syncopation, phrasing, growls, etc.) that are used that give drama and immediacy to the performances of blues women.
Snacks and drinks also available for a donation.