with special guest Gracie and Rachel
Singer-songwriter, poet, and feminist icon, Ani DiFranco, will return to the F.M. Kirby Center on Friday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m., with special guest Gracie and Rachel.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 2 at noon and will be available at the venue box office, online at www.kirbycenter.org and charge by phone at (570) 826-1100.
A Kirby Member Pre-Sale will begging this Wednesday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m.
One of the first artists to create her own label in 1990, Ani DiFranco has been recognized among the feminist pantheon for her entrepreneurship, social activism, and outspoken political lyrics. At a time of global chaos and confusion, DiFranco is kicking ass and taking names, with a set of songs offering a wide range of perspective and musical scope.
With her twentieth studio album, Binary, the iconic singer/songwriter/activist/poet/DIY trendsetter returns to territory that brought her to the world’s attention more than twenty-five years ago.
For the better part of 2016, DiFranco beat the drum for voter turnout on her “Vote Dammit!” tour, focusing on registering and inspiring people to vote. In the days following the election, fans turned to her for guidance with renewed earnestness, anxious to hear music and wisdom from the longtime activist.
DiFranco encouraged fans to take political action and did the same herself, participating in the Women’s March on Washington and performing at the official Women’s March after party benefitting Planned Parenthood with The National and Sleater-Kinney.
Gracie and Rachel are a study in duality: light and dark, classical training with a pop sensibility, Californians in New York. On their debut full-length album, Gracie and Rachel pit anxiety and tension against an almost serene self-assurance. The self-titled record quickly won the hearts of NPR fans who voted them to #4 on NPR’s Your Favorite New Artist, with Bob Boilen describing as having “a terrific tension in the sound, an underpinning of mystery set against a baroque, but modern, pop foreground.”
Gracie and Rachel has since recorded an NPR Tiny Desk Concert and was named to NPR 100 Best Songs of 2017, Bob Boilen’s Top 10 Albums of 2017 and Slingshot 2018, public radio’s artist incubator program for exceptional emerging artists.