91.9 WFPK presents
ERIN McKEOWN w/special guest Jenn Grant
Wednesday, February 13
8:30 pm/ 8:00 doors
$12 / $15 / 21+
Pop, Activist-Alternative, Singer-songwriter
"Her playing is so muscular, her arrangements so well conceived that she suceeds brilliantly. As with all truly great guitarists, the wonder is less in her chops than her choices." ~Boston Globe
After eight full-length records, three EPs, and 12 years of touring the globe an average of 200 nights each year, the Massachussetts-based writer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist ERIN McKEOWN is just getting warmed up. “A couple of years ago, I found myself at a cross-roads. I knew it was no longer sustainable for me to participate in a traditional label relationship. And I knew it was no longer possible to keep my political and musical selves separate. Everything had to change.” And thus was born Manifestra, McKeown’s seventh studio album and the first to originate on her own TVP Records label." The word ‘manifestra’ just came to me. It describes a statement of purpose and unity, a clear action from a female perspective, a bright hope. I was trying to describe the process of internal change becoming external. It never occured to me that I had made up a word,” she laughs. McKeown has appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Later with Jools Holland, NPR, BBC, has had her music placed in numerous films, television shows and commercials, and has even written a song via text message with her friend Rachel Maddow. She regularly collaborates and performs with her peers Andrew Bird, Anais Mitchell, Ben Sollee, Carrie Rodriguez, Mike Doughty, Amos Lee, and Josh Ritter, and also performed at many of the world’s esteemed music festivals. In the last several years, McKeown has channeled her well known passion for social justice and interest in public policy into extensive work with activism/advocacy groups. Via the PledgeMusic platform, McKeown’s fans funded her new project in a mere 6 days, which actually doubled its initial goal and allowed Erin to make the first music video of her career. She now heads back to the Uncle, where she first performed with Carrie Rodriguez and Kelly Joe Phelps as part of the seminal Acoustic Cafe Tour nearly a year ago.