Rhonda Benin's "Just Like A Woman"

In honor of Women’s History Month, an all-star lineup of Bay Area musicians takes the stage at the Freight to celebrate women: the achievements, the challenges, and the continuing struggle for an equal voice in the music business and in all walks of life.

Rhonda Benin

“Benin’s got a coolly hip vocal, with a bit of hush and sugar and an undercurrent of big booming power. She can bend notes with a bass, talk serenade with a piano and steam the kettle from the drums." - Ran Pacifica Tribune

San Francisco Bay Area vocalist, Rhonda Benin has earned a reputation for not just a good voice but showmanship, magnetic stage personality, humor, and of course her great dancing. In the summer of 2012 Rhonda traveled to Hangzhou, China for a 3 month engagement at the JZ Jazz Club and was 2014 USA headliner for The Kigali Up Music Festival in Kigali, Rwanda. In addition to singing, Rhonda is producer and founder of the annual Women’s History Month show “Just Like A Woman” a tribute to Bay Area Women In Music. Benin is a 26 year member of The GRAMMY nominated vocal ensemble Linda Tillery and The Cultural Heritage. She appears on the CHC’s 7 Cd’s and has toured 30 countries performing and recording with legendary artists such as Taj Mahal, Wilson Pickett, Richie Havens, Odetta. Al Green, Keb Mo, Santana, Patti Austin, Janis Ian, Jackson Brown, Hugh Masekela & Sweet Honey In The Rock.

Mimi Fox

"A prodigious talent who has not only mastered the traditional forms but has managed to reinvigorate them." - Guitar Player Magazine

Virtuoso guitarist Mimi Fox has earned international renown as a live-wire performer, a startlingly poised improviser who can transform just about any tune into a thrilling and unpredictable instrumental adventure. But she doesn’t need to plug in to seize and hold an audience’s attention. While she’s best known for wielding her namesake Heritage Guitar Mimi Fox Signature model arch-top, spinning solos that unfurl with surprise twists like expertly tailored short stories, Fox is equally spellbinding on six and 12-string acoustic guitars.

Recently signed by Taylor Guitars as an endorsing “partner,” Fox has increasingly returned to her acoustic roots, delivering her wildly imaginative reinterpretations of standards, folk songs, pop hits and R&B anthems. She gave a taste of her ravishing 12-string work on a gorgeous arrangement of George Harrison’s “Within You Without You” from May I Introduce to You (Ridgeway Records), the San Francisco String Trio’s acclaimed 2017 album celebrating the 50th anniversary of Beatles masterpiece Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Her acoustic prowess has earned standing ovations at major festivals around the world, from the Kennedy Center and the Newport Folk Festival to the Montreal International Jazz Festival, where her solo set earned three encores.

Margie Baker

San Francisco based school teacher turned jazz vocalist.
Born October 11, 1933 near Center, Texas, in Shelby County.

Michelle Jacques

Vocalist and choir director of Plymouth Church of Jazz and Justice Choir, also artistic director and founder of CHELLE! and Friends and JUKE JOINT a cappella quintet.

Carol Stallings

Soul - blues singer

$24 ADV / $28 DOOR (plus fees)


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