Blame Sally, Caroline Aiken and Jill Knight at The Center for the Arts |

Blame Sally, Caroline Aiken and Jill Knight at The Center for the Arts

Special to The Union

This is a rare chance to see three great performing groups (and good friends) share an intimate evening of great music.

At the 2007 FAR-West Folk Alliance convention these three performing groups came together. With relationships dating from the early ’80s and spanning both coasts, this evening’s performance is the culmination of long friendships and is the first time all three groups have appeared together. You can expect new combinations, collaborations and musical magic.

A unique collective of four distinct voices and musical backgrounds, Blame Sally has forged a compelling and original sound that has earned the band the well-deserved reputation as Bay Area phenomenon. The San Francisco Chronicle raved that “Blame Sally’s music recalls the artful romanticism of Jane Siberry, the rich folk harmonies of the Indigo Girls, and the percolating soulfulness of Joy of Cooking.”

Poised for greater national attention, they’ve performed for audiences across the US, sharing festival stages with the likes of Los Lobos, Ani DiFranco, Richard Thompson, Roseanne Cash and Greg Brown.”

Pam Delgado, Jeri Jones, Renee Harcourt and Monica Pasqual hit their stride well after the first blush of youth, watching their audiences grow and their independently-released record sales balloon as they set their own career pace and direction.

In May 2009 the band released Night of 1000 Stars, produced by Lee Townsend.

As they have always done, Blame Sally uses personal and topical issues to fuel their powerful songwriting and jubilant ensemble musicianship. Whether through the anguished voice of an Afghan war veteran, the cancer survivor finding some humor in new age bromides or the woman who’s passion comes on like a summer thunderstorm, each track on Night of 1000 Stars is rich with authenticity and emotion.

Independent to the bone with seven CDs, and a Grammy nomination for a Contemporary Folk CD Grammy in 2006, Caroline Aiken has done numerous performances to benefit thousands of causes, and played thousands of shows in 40 years of touring at home and abroad. Writing, producing shows, festivals, theaters, and series, Caroline has also served 12 years as Entertainment Director for the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.

She has recorded with and shared stages with The Indigo Girls, Bonnie Raitt and has been a guest performer at major venues with them such as San Antonio’s Majestic Theater, Denver’s Red Rocks, and Berkeley’s Greek Theater. Caroline has headlined at the Kerrville TX’s Music Festival (Main Stage since ’95); Seattle’s Bumbershoot (since ’96); Folk Life Festival (since ’76); NY’s Falcon Ridge; Northern California’s High Sierra Music Festival.

Jill Knight’s soulful sound is unmistakable. India Arie said, “I love great voices and when I heard Jill sing it stopped me in my tracks, and I had to listen.”

A finalist at the Telluride Troubadour competition, a finalist at the National Academy of Songwriters “songwriter of the year” competition, a finalist in Billboard magazines, “best unsigned band” contest, a regional best seller in Album Network magazine for her album Future Perfect, and voted as one of the best DIY albums in Performing Songwriter Magazine, honorable mention NSAI songwriting competition, Finalist in the Acoustic Live songwriter competition.

Jill has toured and shared stages with India Arie, Shawn Colvin, David Wilcox, Michael Hedges, Phoebe Snow, Richard Thompson, Little Feat, and many others.

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