(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- The Center for the Arts at Monmouth University has announced that tickets are on sale for a November 8 concert starring singer-songwriter, guitarist and poet Ani DiFranco at the Pollak Theatre. Opening the show will be female alternative singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick, and three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on NPR, the BBC, HBO's Def Poetry Jam Buddy Wakefield.
The prolific recording artist from
Buffalo, NY has accrued an enviable following of devotees, regularly
playing to packed theater-size houses of fans who appreciate the
emotional honesty, and passionately unflinching point of view, that
infuses both her music and her public persona.
What's more, she's
maintained her long-playing career by working completely outside the
music-industry mainstream having established her own successful record
imprint (Righteous Babe) as early as her debut release in 1989. At the
same time, she's built her fanbase via college appearances, social media
and even good old word-of-mouth, long before the major-label suits were
blindsided by the twenty-first century.
Even if this multiple
Grammy nominee's one trophy was awarded for "Best Album Package," it
still speaks to Ani DiFranco's multi-faceted standing as musician,
author, promoter of talent, award-winning feminist, mom, social
activist, and crafter of smart, incisive, often funny perspectives on
human intimacy, big-picture issues and that always uneasy crossroads of
Art and Commerce.
It's a set of qualities that are very much in
evidence on DiFranco's seventeenth and most recent Righteous Babe
release Which Side Are You On?, a collection that finds the artist
(who's made intriguing music with everyone from Dar Williams and Cyndi
Lauper to funkmaster Maceo Parker and Prince) joining the legendary Pete
Seeger for an electrified take on his titular folk anthem while
addressing themes of life, death, innocence and "Promiscuity" with her
signature love of language, and a stripped-down alt-punk energy that
delightfully defies any and all attempt at pigeonholing this Icon of
As to the question of what to expect when you're expecting a
concert by Ani DiFranco suffice to say that "the expected" has seldom
been part of the toolbox for this artist that continues to run circles
around the arbitrary categories and clich formats of an increasingly
fragmented music scene. When Ani comes to Monmouth, she's sure to find
happy harbor at this place that's embraced appearances by Robert Pinsky
and many more of the world's leading poetic voices and a sea of happy
listeners here in what's become one of the region's top theater venues
for intimate music events.
Tickets for the November 8 Ani DiFranco
concert are priced at $75/50/40 and can be reserved through the
Monmouth University Performing Arts Box Office at 732-263-6889, or
online at www.monmouth.edu/arts.
Tickets for other upcoming events in the 2013-2014 Performing Arts
series at Monmouth University including Josh Ritter (November 22) and
Matisyahu (Dec 5) are on sale now.
About Monmouth University
University is a leading private institution that offers a comprehensive
array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University
provides students with a highly personalized education that builds the
knowledge and confidence of tomorrow's leaders. Located in West Long
Branch, New Jersey, Monmouth University's magnificent and historic
campus is approximately one hour from both New York City and
Philadelphia and is within walking distance of the beaches of the
Atlantic Ocean. Monmouth University is listed in U.S. News & World
Report's "America's Best Colleges" and the Princeton Review's The Best
377 Colleges, and is recognized by the latter as one of the country's
top "green" colleges. To learn more, visit us at www.monmouth.edu .