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Guitarist Pamela Means
To Perform at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Oct. 16, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — Acoustic guitarist Pamela Means will present three free concerts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Oct. 25-27.
         The shows will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in The Cabin, Davies Center. Refreshments will be sold.
         Widely praised for the energy of her live performances, Means has pushed the boundaries of acoustic guitar possibilities through her study of classical and jazz guitar, exploration of alternate tunings, and percussive attack. Her lyrics are honest and raw, whether questioning social ills or exploring introspective moods.
         When she was 18 and in the midst of intensive classical guitar studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Means began performing her own music at The Coffee House, a volunteer-run forum for acoustic music and poetry in Milwaukee. She went on to co-manage the club for five years, honing her skills in performance, songwriting, and her percussive, anything-but-folky guitar style.
         In 1994 Means moved from her native Milwaukee to Boston, a national center for folk and acoustic music. Since beginning her career she has won a number of prestigious awards, including the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards for Wisconsin Folk Artist of the Year and Wisconsin Female Vocalist of the Year, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival award for Most Wanted New Artist.
         Means has four titles on her own Wirl Records label — “Seven Romans” (1992), “Bone Spurs” (1995), “Cobblestones” (1998) and “Pearls” (2000). She has opened shows for Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Neil Young and Ani DiFranco.
         The concerts are open to all ages. Soft drinks, domestic and imported beer, wine coolers and popcorn will be sold. Proof of age is required for alcohol purchases.
         The Cabin program is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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Updated: Oct. 16, 2001