Due to overwhelming demand Bill has added a second date for Sonia! We are so excited. Here is a link to what she is up to. And you might try including the youtube links from the announcement so folks can get a feel for her music. Here's another great one from when SONiA was playing with her sister Cindy as the band "SONiA & disappear fear".: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3kum-SUZCs&feature=relmfu Cindy will be at the Friday show. Hope she joins SONiA on some songs.
You are invited to a concert in the intimate setting of our 100 year-old Capitol Hill home to experience the folk/blues/world/folk-rock music of the Baltimore-based singer/songwriter SONiA (of SONiA & disappear fear) . this is what our host has to say:
. SONiA (born Sonia Rutstein) is an award winning, global touring singer-songwriter, activist, and producer based out of Baltimore. SONiA has been performing professionally since 1987 when she and her sister Cindy formed the acoustic folk-pop band "disappear fear", a name originally conceived for a Baltimore rape crisis center where SONiA worked. In 1996 Cindy stopped performing regularly with the band to focus on her growing family and SONiA embarked on a highly successful solo career, sometimes being joined on her albums and in performances by Cindy and a re-formed "disappear fear" orchestra/band. . SONiA's music is an eclectic blend of folk, pop, rock, blues, global sounds, Americana and addresses themes of peace, love, progressive political causes, GLBT rights, and, most of all, working toward a world devoid of fear. SONiA has an expressive/soulful voice, sings from the heart, accompanies herself on guitar and piano (and sometimes harmonica a la Dylan), and composes and sings in four languages: Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish and English (see the links below for examples of her multi-lingual singing and the persona she brings to the stage). SONiA's global touring has taken her from the Middle East (where she has played in Palestinian villages and in Israeli bomb shelters during 2006 Lebanon war) to Australia's Sydney Opera House; the Lilith Fair, with Sarah McLachlan, the Indigo Girls, and Jewel; the Montana Jazz and Blues Festival in Fiji; the Blue to Bop Festival in Switzerland and Texas' Kerrville Folk Festival. She's shared the stage with the likes of Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, John Prine, Emy Lou Harris, and Ani DiFranco, and others. Performances at major events have included The March on Washington for Women and the Concert for Peace at the Lincoln, Memorial in Washington, D.C. with Peter, Paul and Mary (2003) and the Olympic Games in Sydney (2000). A sampling of the many awards and critical acclaim SONiA has garnered over her 25 years of performing includes multiple Grammy Award nominations in both the folk and pop categories, the GLAMA Awards for Best Female Artist of the Year (1999) and Best Acoustic Album (2002), and the GLAAD Media Award for Best Album (1994), an award previously won by Elton John. SONiA's songs are featured in several movies, and she has scored a number of films. SONiA has fourteen albums, either solo or with "disappear fear", to her credit. Her most recent album, Get Your Phil (2011), is a cover of the songs of one of her mentors and heroes, the late Phil Ochs. When not touring, SONiA produces and does commissioned artwork, including paintings and large murals. . In keeping with her message of global harmony SONiA has created "Guitars for Peace", a non-profit organization that delivers instruments to children in impoverished or war-torn countries. In addition, 18% of every song download on her website goes to the United Nations World Food Program.
The Saturday show sold out in a few hours so don't wait to sign up!