Venue Address (Get Directions)Westhaven Center for the Arts
Date and Time
Thursday, October 11th, 2012 at 7:30pm
Join two celebrated songbirds, Northwest Coast songwriter-performer Joanne Rand and Nashville based touring artist Mare Wakefield share an intimate Concert at the Westhaven Center for the Arts on Thursday, October 11, 7:30PM. Admission is $10 at the door (501 South Westhaven Drive). For more information contact 707-677-9493 or visit www.JoanneRandMusic.com.
“Daddy was a seeker,” says Mare Wakefield. “Eventually he became a Salvationist minister. Mama was more of a gypsy, loving nothing more than a long, clear stretch of open highway.” Mare grew up with wanderlust embedded in her DNA, and lived in 8 different places by the time she was 10 years old. “It was a roller-coaster way to grow up, but my brother and I learned to fit in fast,” she says. “We had our rural Wisconsin accents down in two weeks flat. And eighteen months later we were drawling like native Texans.” This versatility and love for travel is evident in Mare’s music as well. Listeners roam through Arizona deserts, Oklahoma oil fields and South Dakota plains, and take side-trips to ancient Babylon or the streets of Amsterdam. The journeys go inward too, exploring valor and valentines, hope and heartbreak, and the occasional whiskey-soaked barroom brawl. Story and song are woven seamlessly together by Mare’s intimate delivery and gift for melody. Currently based in Nashville, Mare—pronounced Mary—continues her journey by co-writing with hit songwriters and burning up the highways with her piano-playing husband (aptly named Nomad!) and Martin acoustic guitar in tow.
Touring nationally for a quarter of a century alongside some heavyweight musicians, Joanne Rand recently released her twelfth CD. Writing and playing music since childhood in the Deep South, Rand cut her performance teeth playing bluegrass in Alaska. A North Bay Bohemian readers’ poll voted her “Best Acoustic Band,” and calls Rand a “legendary…longtime local hero.” “Nothing short of brilliant.” -Santa Rosa PD. In the 1990s Rand also lived in Seattle where she helped anchor the city’s thriving music scene and collaborated with her songwriter brother, as he died of AIDS. She now resides in Arcata, CA, where she’s raising her daughter, teaching music, touring, and crafting her thirteenth CD.
MARE WAKEFIELD ACCOLADES
• "Oregon cafes, small Texas towns and twangy Nashville rolled into one" ~ Cranky Crow
• "Simply Amazing" ~ Skope Magazine
• “Musically sophisticated, weaving elements of jazz and bluegrass into her compositions. Don't pass up the opportunity to see her perform.” ~ San Francisco Bay Guardian
• "Cozy brilliance ... Could she be the merger of Maria McKee, Natalie Merchant, Shawn Colvin and Dolly Parton?" ~ Michelle Manker, Louisville Eccentric Observer
• “One of the best we've heard!” ~ Maverick Magazine, UK
JOANNE RAND ACCOLADES
• “Rand traverses love, politics, conservation, spirituality and life with a seasoned-to-perfection voice, that, according to Terry Tempest Williams, ‘Opens the doors of creation’.” -Santa Cruz Weekly, 2010.
• " celebrated musician, composer and teacher….consistently engaging, perceptive, universal music." SFStation.com 2011.
• "Joanne is a very intense performer whose music transcends the folk genre and makes it a spiritual, musical, and lyrical experience. She plays both piano and guitar, but it is her delivery and ability to fill a room with emotion, as if she is delivering a private performance directly to your heart, that makes her shows very special. Book this woman, she's fantastic." -M. Nassar, concert producer, 2012
• “Joanne continues to push the art pedal to the floor. Her music is fierce, visionary, incantatory and filled with advocacy for the natural world and sanity in this 21st century. Her voice is a powerful, remarkable, exceptional and unforgettable force of nature.”- Portland, OR SE Examiner, 2010
• “Excellent voice - spot on arrangement” - Solent Records, U.K.