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2007 Events

Pamela Means

7:30pm Thursday October 18, 2007
Corey Union Fireplace Lounge
SUNY Cortland
Cortland, NY


Pamela Means to perform at SUNY Cortland Oct. 18

Acclaimed guitarist Pamela Means, who the New York Times Magazine has described as producing "stark, defiant songs," will attempt to set the status quo and the stage afire on Thursday, Oct. 18, at SUNY Cortland.

Means, a bi-racial, feminist "indie" folk artist from Boston who offers an original and dynamic guitar style and punchy, provocative songs, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Corey Union Fireplace Lounge.

She also will present a workshop titled "Guitar and Voice: Performing as an Independent Artist" earlier that day from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in the Old Main Colloquium. Both events are free and open to the public as the result of a grant from the New York State Music Fund Program sponsored by the Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors.

Means' performances have been credited with bringing the struggle for social justice and human dignity to the forefront of a new generation.

She was honored as the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's "Most Wanted New Artist" and Wisconsin's "Folk Artist of the Year" and "Female Vocalist of the Year." Means was also a Boston Music Award Nominee in the category of "Outstanding Contemporary Folk Artist." She has shared the stage with artists including Ani DiFranco, Joan Baez, Neil Young and Pete Seeger.

Means performs at clubs, coffeehouses, colleges and festivals across the country, including the Newport Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and the South by Southwest Conference. She is a favorite at regional gay pride events. Her work is inspired by the words of the poet Audre Lorde, who wrote, "I am myself a Black woman warrior poet doing my work, come to ask you, are you doing yours?"

To learn more about Means visit www.pamelameans.com. For more information, contact Colleen Kattau, assistant professor of Spanish, at kattauc@cortland.edu or (607) 753-2025.