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Folk Fights Back: Bay Area Benefit for LGBTQ Rights

Folk Fights Back Bay Area is proud to present Hattie & Joe Craven, Quiles & Cloud, Evie Ladin, Maurice Tani, Shelly Doty, Brandon Godman & the Side Porch Gang, and Mike Rufo

This show features an amazing lineup of Bay Area talent supporting LGBTQ Rights and the work of Oakland’s Pacific Center. Pacific Center for Human Growth fosters and enhances the well-being and self respect of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer youth, seniors, and adults through the delivery of LGBTQ competent mental health and wellness services, and through the cultivation of a strong community of LGBTQ-proficient mental health care professionals. Founded in 1973, Pacific Center for Human Growth is the oldest LGBTQ center in the Bay Area, the third oldest in the nation and operates the only sliding scale mental health clinic for LGBTQ people and their families in Alameda County. Pacific Center provides direct services for over 3,000 people a year. 

Folk Fights Back is a nationwide musician-led organization that seeks to raise awareness for critical issues in today’s political climate and fund local organizations actively fighting for social and political change through fundraiser concerts simultaneously in cities across the U.S. 

Folk Fights Back was founded by Rachel Baimen, Kaitlyn Raitz and Lily Henley. Volunteer-powered every two months, supporting a needed cause, FFB Bay Area is spearheaded by Michael Rufo and Evie Ladin. Let us know if you want to help produce the FFB Bay Area events!

Hattie & Joe Craven
Stunning young vocalist Hattie Craven is joined by her father, award-winning multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven. Hattie has built a reputation as one of the finest young performers on festival stages across California, while Joe is a creativity educator, former museum curator, camp director, poet/storyteller, fashion consultant, coast to coast music festival emcee and recipient of the 2009 Folk Alliance Far-West Performer of the Year.

Quiles and Cloud
Maria Quiles (vocals and guitar), Rory Cloud (vocals and guitar), and Oscar Westesson (upright bass) have a sound characterized by soulful melodies, close harmonies, and interweaving guitar lines that owe as much to jazz and classical music as to folk and bluegrass. 

Quiles & Cloud have played hundreds of shows, won the 2014 FreshGrass Duo Award, and caught the attention of Grammy Award-winning banjo player Alison Brown, who produced their third album, Beyond The Rain

Evie Ladin
Evie is a banjo player, step-dancer, singer, songwriter and square-dance caller with a lifetime of experience in traditional American cultural arts, even as she brings an urban edge and contemporary vision to her original work. The polyrhythmic funk of her clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, and from Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. 

Maurice Tani
Maurice is a veteran of the California Americana scene, known for his wry-to-romantic songwriting, agile guitar style and expressive singing. He has released six critically acclaimed albums of original material over the past dozen years. Maurice uses the term “Supercalifornographic” to describe his particular flavor of Americana. While rooted in country music, Tani's writing is centered on an urban, West Coast perspective.

Shelly Doty
Shelley is an East Bay gem, considered one the best independent performers in the business. She sings with passion and plays with an authentic raw energy, and with jubilant imagination and freshness. Masterful guitar playing, soulful vocals and a charismatic stage presence on both acoustic and electric guitar, she also writes songs of swagger, tenderness, and joy. 

Brandon Godman & The Side Porch Gang
Brandon has been a professional fiddler in the national roots music scene since the age of 17. Fresh from Nashville, TN, he is living in San Francisco and touring with the acclaimed Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, while also running his own business in the violin trade called The Fiddle Mercantile. Brandon is an award-winning and sought after fiddler as well as a prime mover in Bluegrass Pride.

Mike Rufo
Mike's songs build upon poetic lyrics, captivating vocals, and enticing melodies to explore emotional depths and personal and social transformation. Mike delivers gripping, resonant songs, from Folk to Americana to Blues-Rock, that leave listeners entranced, enlivened and fired up. Songs from his latest folk CD, Nothin' But Now, have been featured on KALW and KPFA. Mike also co-fronts the Bay Area rock band No Exit.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Later Event: July 23
James Lee Stanley