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Evening Concert with Gaye Adegbalola

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Songs in the Key of "G"aye

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When Feb 28, 2010
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Where Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, 4701 Queensbury Road. Riverdale, MD
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Gaye will mainly perform original songs. She will offer some description before each song telling how they came to be -- lyrically and musically. Concert goers will be encouraged to ask questions and/or make comments about the songs.

Concert cost is $15
- let us know if you are coming by emailing

Gaye is a story teller, a modern day griot. Much of her solo material is topical; addressing contemporarysocial issues, and many of her
songs find humor in the pain of one's daily struggles. As written in The
Washington Post, her originals are often ". . . songs in which a liberated woman looks on love with the rueful eye of experience and the saving grace of good humor."

The intimacy of a Gaye Adegbalola solo performance allows listerners to hear every nuance, every emotion and every turn of phrase clearly. Gaye accompanys herself with guitar, and performs mainly original songs. While some these songs might come from her Saffire repertoire or from her Neo-Classic Blues repertoire, often they are songs which don't fit either incarnation.

"She doesn't simply deliver a good line – she sings her heart out, letting herself go with the flow of a phrase . . .This is no Evita on a balcony, this is the March on Washington!"
– fab! (magazine)

"Gaye's voice is instantly recognizable; she's made the classic songs her own and her own songs classics."
– Bob Margolin, Blues Revue Magazine

". . . blues performed with so much heart and panache that it is unreservedly recommended."
– Ron Weinstock, D. C. Blues Society

" The respect and love for this music is evident by the joy just dripping from your speakers."
– Beardo, Sr. contributing editor, BluesWax ezine

"Gaye has always been the ultimate modern realization of this breed of blues great (classic blues women).
. . She continues to be a pathfinder to the truth in all
its naked wonder."
– George P. Seedorff, Big City Blues Magazine

GAYE ADEGBALOLA, Blues Music Award winner (formerly called the W. C. Handy Award) and a founding member of Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women, plays guitar, harmonica and is a composer. She has recorded 9 CDs on Alligator Records and has toured widely throughout
the U.S. and internationally.

Gaye has also released two CDs on her own Hot Toddy Music label:
"Neo-Classic Blues" with Roddy Barnes and "Blues Gone Black" by Blue Mama Black Son (Gaye & her son Juno). Another CD, "Gaye Without Shame," was completed in February 2008, and is set for release summer 2008, also on Hot Toddy Music. Of note,Gaye and Roddy toured Ghana and Togo in West Africa in April, 2008.

A former Virginia State Teacher of the Year, Gaye is also in demand for workshops, lectures and motivational public speaking. A long time activist, she is presently involved with issues of diversity and is committed to the struggle for GLBT rights

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