Sarah Kilborne

Sarah Kilborne

The Lavender Blues brings to life the story of queer music before World War II. People commonly believe that the LGBT movement began in 1969 with the Stonewall Riots, but a hundred years ago queer men and women were claiming their identities in the public sphere - and singing about it too. Written and performed by cabaret artist Sarah Kilborne, The Lavender Blues is a musical journey to a courageous and colorful time in America's past when artists sang boldly about sexual and gender fluidity - something daring even for today, and as deliciously fun and inspiring as ever.

"Sarah's show is an eye-opener whether you are straight or LGBTQA - It's a glimpse into a world and music you don't know. It is as entertaining as it is educational, and funny."
- Neil Gaiman

"Sarah Kilborne's first one-woman show is an enlightening, enchanting trip to a place in time you never knew took place: Kilborne, creator and performer, has not only unearthed buried treasure, she brings its ghosts to life and glory."
- Enid Futterman,

"Sarah Kilborne not only gave a hell of a concert, but she also gave an impressive history lesson about gender differences prior to WWII. Her knowledge is as impressive as her voice."
- Jess Kielman, Lecturer

"We were thrilled to bring The Lavender Blues to our community. Witty, funny and so much more, this show is a smart, entertaining way to remember and learn about our history. Every single person stopped to thank us after the show."
- Michelle Patrick, Co-chair Pride Portland!

"Sarah Kilborne has created a capitivating blend of history and music, bringing to light stories from our past that have too long been hidden. It is rare to find a show that so deftly presents challinging historical material woven together with a masterful musical performance. The most frequent comment I receive is 'When will she be back?'"
- Kate Preissler, Director, Wistariahurst Museum

"An amazing performance. I had no idea of so much of this history."
- Michael Weidrich, Executive Director & CEO,
Pride Center of the Capital Region


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