Pamela Means Band w/ Diana Alvarez

Pamela Means Band w/ Diana Alvarez

Fri ยท December 28, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$12 in advance - $15 day of show

Pamela Means Band
Pamela Means Band
A multi-talented performer, singer, songwriter, composer and producer, Pamela Means's multiple honors include being named Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's "# 1 Most Wanted New Artist," "Wisconsin Folk Artist of the Year," "Wisconsin Female Vocalist of the Year," and her politically provocative album, Single Bullet Theory, was voted 2004's "Outmusic Outstanding New Recording." Pamela Means was twice voted "Best Acoustic Act" of the year in her hometown of Milwaukee, WI; and after setting up shop in the bustling 'burbs of Boston, Mass., Pamela was nominated for an "Outstanding Contemporary Folk Artist" Boston Music Award. Means's latest album, Precedent, elegantly addresses a range of themes from the state of the union to the state of the heart. Curve Magazine calls her "one of the fiercest guitar players and politically-rooted singer-songwriters in the music industry today."

Consistently honing her craft, Pamela Means garnered acclaim with her seminal jazz recording, the "insanely brilliant" (Press Herald, Portland ME), Pamela Means Jazz Project, Vol. 1, in which, "Means takes her rightful place among contemporary superstar jazz vocalists such as Cassandra Wilson and Norah Jones" (Curve Magazine). Pamela Means Jazz Project, Vol. 1 was also named a "Top Ten Album of 2007" (Muruch Entertainment Blog).

From recording her first tape in the living room of Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie, Pamela Means has gone on to share stages with artists including Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger, Indigo Girls, Joan Baez, Howard Zinn, Angela Davis, Eve Ensler, David Strathairn, Neil Young, Shawn Colvin, Richie Havens, Patty Larkin, Melissa Ferrick, Violent Femmes, Television, The Radiators, Adrian Belew, Leo Kottke and Janis Ian. Pamela Means has performed at notable venues such as the Newport, Falcon Ridge and Clearwater Folk Festival(s), SXSW Music Conference and, internationally, at the eminent Woodford Folk Festival (Australia), Stockholm Pride (Sweden) and Jazz Cafe Alto (The Netherlands). Pamela Means has also composed for and licensed music to PBS, independent filmmakers and folkpoet Alix Olson's multi-award-winning film and CD projects.

With virtuosic musicianship, razor wit and a disarming sense of humor, Pamela Means is building a vibrant and remarkable career, delighting audiences from Anchorage to Amsterdam to Sydney to Stockholm to Honolulu and New York. Thrilled audience members often exclaim they've 'never seen anyone play guitar like Pamela Means!' Plus, Ani DiFranco said to Pamela Means, "you groove so deep, so deep I can't get out. And I wouldn't want to." We guarantee you won't want to either.
Diana Alvarez
Diana Alvarez
"The virtuosic vocal finesse of Diana Alvarez is a wonder and a privilege to behold--and no surprise to witness every audience stunned into silent awe and transcendence." -Pamela Means

Diana Alvarez is a Xicana vocalist, musician, poet, video and sound artist based in Northampton, Massachusetts. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Diana began performing with a professional hotel and resort lounge band at an early age, and later worked as a bilingual studio vocalist and apprentice recording engineer with SeaMyst Productions (owned and operated by the late Linda Flores), a recording studio and music production company based in South Texas. Diana's country music single, "Get Into the Pain," produced by Linda Flores, was released in 2000.

Diana's chapbook poetry collection Consultations with Bruja Juana was published by Toadlily Press in 2009, and two of her poems appear in The Best of Toadlily Press, published in 2011.

Diana has performed as a vocalist and poet and taught interdisciplinary writing workshops in a range of venues in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, and Massachusetts, including La Villita (San Antonio, TX), La Casa Azul Bookstore (Harlem, NY), Cornelia Street Cafe (Manhattan, NY), the Academy of Music Theatre (Northampton, MA), the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (New Orleans, LA), and The Whitney Center for the Arts (Pittsfield, MA).

Currently, Diana is a PhD fellow in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York). At Rensselaer, Diana is composing a Mexican ritual opera as a case study for socially responsible arts practice that descends from contributes to a lineage of women and genderqueer artists of color.
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301
https://www.hawksandreed.com/