Vipertoons Productions and Whirled Pies Downtown present Eugene Women in The Blues, a benefit for Womenspace on International Women’s Day, Wednesday, March 8th. The benefit features Eugene area blues musicians including Gaye Lee Russell, Joanne Broh, Nicolette Helm, Matrisha Armitage, Lynda Duffy, Teresa Cunningham, Janie Smith, Paula Vaden, Anya Lecuyer, Sue Hunnel, Carleen McCornack, Gina Montel, Naomi Debacker, and more.
A dynamic singer and charismatic entertainer, Gaye Lee Russell performs regionally with The Badass Band. Known for her powerful, soulful voice and the passion of her performance, Joanne Broh is one of our area’s finest singers of blues, jazz, and Motown. Seasoned blues veteran Nicolette Helm performed with her own Nicolette Helm Band for many years and is now performing jazz standards.
Matrisha Armitage is one-half of the rock and blues band Bajuana Tea, and the Executive Director of the Music Education & Performing Artists Association which now produces the GRRRLZ ROCK Music & Arts Festival.
Whether it’s Blues or Jazz or Crossover, Lynda Duffy’s gutsy, powerful and dynamic vocals and stage presence, brings the story to your heart and leaves you wanting more.
Soulful improvisation and heart-felt expression characterizes Teresa Cunningham’s performances featuring tenor, soprano, and alto saxophones and clarinet, as well as vocals.
Saxophonist Janie Smith performs with Heavy Chevy. Paula Vaden is vocalist and percussionist with Souliscious. Anya Lecuyer is working on a CD with Clown Dancer and is also involved with Anya Lecuyer and Friends doing rock, R&B, blues, funk, and jazz. Long-time Eugene area vocalist and fiddler Sue Hunnel currently performs with the Fiddlin’ Big Sue Band.
Singer-songwriter Carleen McCornack has been performing award-winning Folk-Americana for over four decades. A veteran of band from Alternative Rock to Blues, Gina Montel is a drummer with the Lane Community College’s Band Jazz Ensemble, The Joneses, and Howling Dogma . As the youngest of the performers scheduled, Naomi DeBacker carries Eugene’s blues torch into the future.
Womenspace believes each person has the right to live a life free from violence and fear of abuse. The agency’s mission is to prevent domestic violence in intimate partner relationships in Lane County and support survivors in claiming personal power. One in four women and one in seven men will experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetime. Locally, one in three police call outs are domestic violence related. By providing support and resources to survivors of intimate partner violence, educating the community and working together Womenspace knows we can decrease the rate of domestic violence and create a healthier and safer community for everyone.
Advance tickets for a $20 donation are available at Whirled Pies and Theo’s and online at whirledpies.com. Tickets at the door are on a sliding scale donation of $5 to $50 with a suggested donation of $20. Whirled Pies Downtown is at 199 West 8th in Eugene. Show time is 7:00 pm.