Pamela Means Band

Hawks & Reed Presents

Pamela Means Band

Diana Alvarez, Carrie Ferguson

Sat · February 17, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 12:00 am)

$12 advance / $15 day of show

Off Sale

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 and Wisconsin Folk Artist of the Year. Curve Magazine calls her "one of the fiercest guitar players and politically-rooted singer-songwriters in the music industry today."

Pamela Means has shared stages with the likes of 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 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.
Carrie Ferguson
Carrie Ferguson
Carrie Ferguson grew up playing an enormous upright, chocolate-brown (to put it politely) piano inherited from the family of one of her father’s third-grade students. This piano, built from the parts of several old pianos by students in a local instrument-building workshop, had a darkly booming, slightly furry quality to it, not unlike the weather outside in her hometown of Arcata on the North Coast of California. In order to write good music you had to play the way the instrument itself demanded, which to her ear meant sticking to the lower 2/3rds of the keyboard, and using plenty of rolling arpeggios and minor chords. Ferguson credits the stubborn and sonorous voice of her childhood piano, combined with the perpetual fog and exhilarating clamminess of coastal Northern California, as instilling in her the baseline aesthetic of melancholic optimism that still permeates her words and music today.

Currently based in Northampton, Ferguson’s original songs range from playfully jubilant and quirky, to soaring pop, country-tinged folk and straight up rock. Ferguson’s band, a rotating all-star squad of players from the Pioneer Valley, uses a shifting palette of instruments and voices to create live shows that are joyful affairs, full of humor and warmth, beautifully showcasing her haunting melodies, and smart, gorgeous lyrics.


Ferguson celebrated the release of her second full-length record, The List of Whales, on January 5, 2014 with a sold-out show at The Iron Horse Music Hall, in Northampton, MA. The release marks the culmination of a year-long project which began in the Fall of of 2012 when Ferguson raised $7,500 using the using the online crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

Called by the Greenfield Recorder, “beautifully produced ...impeccably arranged” the 12 song CD was produced, mixed and engineered by Garrett Sawyer at his Amherst, MA studio, Northfire Recording Studios. The record features an all-star cast of Western MA musicians including Jim Henry (Mary Chapin, Tracy Grammer) on guitar and mandolin, Zoe Darrow (Zoe Darrow and the Fiddleheads) on violin, Stephen Katz on cello, Steve Yarbro (The Primate Fiasco) on saxophone and clarinet, and JJ O’Connell (Heather Maloney) on drums.

Carrie was finalist in the 2013 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase. Carrie has opened for Antje Duvekot, Cheryl Wheeler, Livingston Taylor, Chely Wright, Catie Curtis, Patty Larkin, Charles Neville, Jill Sobule, and Meg Hutchinson .
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301
https://www.hawksandreed.com/