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
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
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.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 16, 2001