||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
To Perform at The Cabin
MAILED: Dec. 1, 1999|
Diedre McCalla will present three free concerts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Dec. 9-11. A contemporary troubadour who has spent the last decade crisscrossing the country, McCalla will begin her shows at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in The Cabin, Davies Center.
"Take an acoustic guitar, add a vibrant voice, and let them loose on themes from peace to poignant love. Then you'll have Diedre McCalla," wrote The Capital Times.
A compelling songwriter and a passionate visionary, McCalla presents a show that is a melodic workout of tender ballads, politically progressive thought and heart-warming humor. Her brand of urban acoustic pop/folk celebrates the power and diversity of the human spirit.
An ex-New Yorker who now makes her home near Atlanta, Ga., McCalla came of age during the Big Apple's folk heyday when the clubs of Greenwich Village were filled with the likes of Dylan, Baez and Ochs. She is a black woman who views America's strengths and weaknesses from an African-American lesbian perspective.
"Some might think of McCalla as a folk artist," wrote The Shepherd Express, "but her music is too fast-moving to be considered folk, and while it has social messages McCalla speaks out against condescension toward homeless people and poverty her smooth voice and clear instrumentation, with a subtle island flair, make these themes come across as genuinely felt."
McCalla has shared bills or opened concerts with such notables as Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, Odetta, The Flirtations, and Pete Seeger.
The show is open to all ages. Proof of age is required for alcohol purchase. The Cabin program is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Dec. 1, 1999