Fresh Meat Productions & Bad Flower Productions present Cindy Emch, StormMiguel Florez, and Shawna Virago - Private Parlor Show (($10 adv/$15 day of show))

Cindy Emch

Cindy Emch possesses a unique & nuanced voice. Her experience growing up far left-of-center in the conservative wilds of fly-over America keeps her rooted in tradition while her stints in New Orleans, San Francisco & Oakland have imbued her material with a sense of adventure & a sympathetic view of the sinners, the gamblers, the rogues, the good-time girls & the losers that populate her songs. It is clear that she inhabits these archetypes & loves the lure of the open road from the way she makes them spring to life in her words. She has the ability to be equally at home playing the part of the leaving lover or the one done wrong because she has lived those roles rather than read about them. She sees both sides but always knows which is which. Songs pour forth in a voice that is 49% heartbreak and 51% fury yet is never devoid of humor & self-awareness.

Emch's music is informed by the musical tradition handed down by Stephen Foster, W.C. Handy, George Gershwin, Bessie Smith, Hank Williams & Patsy Cline but is very much her own. She is descended from this canon but not of it; she has distilled her approach from within rather than infusing it with external influences. Her lyrics are direct but never simplistic, to the point yet subtle. Emchy gives voice to the beauty & danger alive in America.

She has been writing songs and founding bands since 2005. She has recorded albums with Rhubarb Whiskey, Vagabondage, Sinner's Tonic, Oakland Wine Drinkers Union, The Secret Emchy Society, and Feral.

StormMiguel Florez

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There are plenty of male folk-twang Americana singer songwriters who sing about love, oppression, assimilation, and growing up an outcast in the U.S. But not many of them can say they learned to write songs at Girl Scout camp.

StormMiguel Florez (1971-) was born and raised as a girl in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More importantly, he was a kid who loved to sing. At the age of 5, StormMiguel stood on furniture and performed for his family, by singing along with Johnny Cash, the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack (performing all parts), Helen Reddy, and the Grease soundtrack. Soon after, he was helping his fellow Girl Scouts make up songs to perform for the camp talent show, even though they often made fun of him for "dressing like a boy." At age 10, StormMiguel's parents bought him a $35 flea market guitar, and he immediately began to write songs and sing them to anyone who would listen. In high school, StormMiguel was offered his first headlining gig at the show "A Feminist Coffee House" at the South Broadway Cultural Center. In his early 20's, he fronted the pioneering all female rock band Too F.I.N.E. Minds, voted Best Band in Albuquerque by Natural Sound Records in 1994. StormMiguel moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1996 and recorded his first solo album "Standing Between the Day and Night."

In the early 2000's, StormMiguel made the decision to live his life as the gender he always felt he was. After years of agonizing about losing his singing voice to the effects of hormones, he finally decided to take the risk and start testosterone. StormMiguel sang and performed throughout his physical transition, although his voice was unpredictable, and his range shifted radically. He called this awkward period, "The Peter Brady Experiment." Over the years, he regained much of his higher range and developed control over his new lower, more masculine voice. The NPR show, Snap Judgement featured StormMiguel telling the story of how transitioning affected his music in a piece called Storm the Bard.

In June 2010, StormMiguel released his latest solo project, Long Lost Sun, through his label, Bad Flower Music. Featuring StormMiguel's unique and haunting vocals and Americana-folk guitar style, Long Lost Sun takes the listener through a journey of "love, vulnerability, and complete & utter faith" as described by nationally-known burlesque artist Simone de la Ghetto. The songs reflect on StormMiguel's life and loves growing up queer, transgender, and assimilated Mexican American. While his songs are personal, his music and lyrics weave together universal themes of love, loss, family, culture, and complex identities that resonate with listeners from all backgrounds and experiences.

StormMiguel has toured across the U.S., including his recent Pacific Northwest tour with the Tranny Roadshow (2010), and has featured at the Fresh Meat Festival (2009, 2010), the San Francisco Queer Arts Festival (2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), the San Francisco Trans March (2006 – 2008), as well as headling such venues as CBGB Lounge (1995), Mable Peabody's Beauty Parlor and Chainsaw Repair (2001), and WIMIN Fest (2002).

Shawna Virago

SHAWNA VIRAGO is a transgender trickster celebrated for her striking lyric-based songs. Her solo anti-folk music twists together folk and punk, offering raw observations about survival in a predatory world, queer love, and sticking up for the underdog. Virago is celebrated as a music pioneer – she was one of the US’ first openly transgender women to perform and tour nationally, and has performed as an out-transwoman since the early 1990’s. Virago has been featured in national media including No Depression, Paste, the Huffington Post, Bitch, Advocate, Rumpus, and Curve magazines, on NPR and PBS, and on left-of-the-dial radio. Shewired named Virago as one of the nation’s “Top 25 Hot Femmes.” The Advocate named Virago’s song ‘Objectified’ as one of the nation’s top transgender anthems.

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About tonight's show:

Come out and celebrate the new ALBUM Release of Transgender music pioneer and cult solo acoustic artist Shawna Virago has released her new album ‘Heaven Sent Delinquent’ (Tranimal Records). Available on vinyl, CD, download and streaming. Ten acoustic storytelling songs articulate escape – real or imagined – by a cast of outsiders, queer rebels and loners. Each song spins an odyssey by these escape artists: from stifling, oppressive, dusty towns; from the crushing weight of a questionable past; from the potential violence transpeople face every day. Virago’s songs are wry and lyrical. The production on the album is sparse, with Virago’s take-no-prisoners voice and deft folk-punk guitar style.

$10.00 - $15.00

Tickets

$10 in advance and $15 day of show online and at the door.

Private Parlor Shows are open to all friends and fans of The Lost Church and the performers.

Seating is first come, first served. We recommend you buy in advance to ensure being a part of the event (parlor shows often sell out), but you can also try purchasing at the door on the night of the show.

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