In the inaugural concert series of 2017, the Sky House (21 Deer Ridge Road) will weave together social justice and intimate listening environment shows featuring artists from around the United States.

These public concerts and mini-workshops are an open invitation to Jefferson County residents to build community, get involved with local social justice initiatives, and enjoy intricate music in an intimate listening environment.

For all shows doors will open at 5:30 pm with a potluck and social justice focused workshop followed by music at 7:00 pm. Workshops will vary, including writing letters to Water Protectors who have been incarcerated at Standing Rock, talking about Inherent Racial Bias, discussions with local leaders, Herbal Medicine Making, Know Your Rights role playing, and more. Each workshop will be posted on www.abakismusic.com/shows prior to the event.

Music will begin at 7:00 pm. This series’ lineup features the amorous song-scapes from Strong Sun Moon (PT), cosmic eco-prayer dance from Cavegreen (OLY), the sacred wonderings of Diane Cluck, the rootsy soothsayer Ali Dineen, Port Townsend’s very own Kia Cavallaro, and Painted Honey’s trans-continental incantations. Abakis will open each show with a short set featuring new work.

Multiple Dates: Abakis will open all shows
March 24th -  Dianne Cluck & Standing Rock Prisoner Letter Writing Campaign
April 13th - Painted Honey, Ditrani Brothers
May 6th - Cavegreen
June 6th - Ali Dineen
July 20th - Kia Cavallaro

$5 - $20 suggested donation goes to the touring bands, no one turned away. and a dish or drink to share. For more information call (360) 531-0312 or visit www.abakismusic.com/shows.

 

More about the musicians:

 

ABAKIS: www.abakismusic.com

Abakis creates collaborative music that bridges new and old worlds: a delicate blend of classic soul led by powerhouse vocals and Kottke-style fingerpicking guitar. Her songs sway with soulful folk and country swing, blending these together with elements of jazz and funk.

 

ALI DINEEN: www.alidineen.com

Ali performs original acoustic folk music, as well as songs from U.S. folk traditions, and incorporates historical and sociopolitical commentary into her shows. Her music is personal and also political, and explores the intersections of personal stories with larger histories.

 

DIANE CLUCK (VA) www.dianecluck.info

“Diane Cluck is a virtuosic talent with an emotionality that feels at once ancient and alien. Her mastery of her voice as an ecstatic instrument is so compelling.” -Anohni

CAVEGREEN: www.cavegreen.us

Cavegreen is the artistic collaboration of Eleanor Murray and GianLuca Bucci, that blends electronic and acoustic music, poetry, and images.  

 

KIA CAVALLARO www.kiacavallaro.com

Homespun weird folk from an original mind, Kia is a troubadour who’s sounds have taken her from the streets of Europe, to New Orleans and currently Virginia. She is originally from Port Townsend.

 

PAINTED HONEY www.paintedhoney.bandcamp.com

Vital symbols of the feminine, a witch creating new stories that connect us to the earth and stars, weaving poetry and song.

 

STRONG SUN MOON: www.strongsunmoon.org

Since 2015 Strong Sun Moon, which began as a duo with Camelia Jade and Mike Antone has evolved into a 5-piece ensemble. These multi-instrumentalists create original pieces which draw upon their ancestry and cultural influences from the Pacific Northwest, to the Black Sea and South America.