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Buffy Sainte-Marie concert to benefit CATs

[Press Release]

Award-winning singer and songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie will appear in concert April 30, 2011 at the Eureka Theater to benefit the Organic Planet Fund of the Eureka-based environmental organization, Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs).

Her evocative singing style and trade-mark quivering vibrato make Sainte-Marie instantly recognizable to her many fans, including those who grew up hearing her on Sesame Street. For the Eureka concert, Sainte-Marie will draw on her rich repertoire of folk, protest, country and rock songs.

Sainte-Marie achieved national fame crossing over from folksinger and Native American activist to mainstream success as a songwriter. Her songs have been adapted by scores of artists, ranging from Elvis Presley to the Indigo Girls and Kayne West. They include Academy Award-winning “Up Where We Belong” and other much-recorded tracks such as “Universal Soldier” and “Until It’s Time for You to Go.”

The Eureka performance is the only scheduled U.S. West Coast appearance for the renowned artist, who limits her concerts to just 30 each year. It will be her first locally since a standing room only performance packed the Mateel Community Center in 2000.

The Berel Alexander Ensemble will open the concert, with troubadour Alexander and his ensemble playing acoustic original and reworked classics that blur boundaries between folk, pop, soul and jazz.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $32 and at the door for $35. The Eureka Theater will open its doors at 7 pm and the concert will begin at 8. Organic snacks and beverages will be available for purchase and a silent auction will feature organic items. For more details see http://www.alt2tox.org or contact CATs at 707-445-5100 or buffyconcert@alt2tox.org

Californians for Alternatives to Toxics is northern California’s organization devoted to reducing the use of toxic pesticides throughout the region and beyond. The Organic Planet Fund supports outreach activities of CATs.

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  1. April 25, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Buffy Sainte Marie – Universal Soldier

    Buffy Sainte Marie – Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee

    Buffy Sainte Marie – My country ‘Tis Of Thy People You’re Dying

    Now that the pride of the sires receives charity
    Now that we’re harmless and safe behind laws
    Now that my life’s to be known as your heritage
    Now that even the graves have been robbed
    Now that our own chosen way is a novelty
    Hands on our hearts we salute you your victory
    Choke on your blue white and scarlet hypocrisy
    Pitying the blindness that you’ve never seen
    That the eagles of war whose wings lent you glory
    They were never no more than carrion crows
    Pushed the wrens from their nest, stole their eggs, changed their story
    The mockingbird sings it, it’s all that he knows
    “Ah what can I do?” say a powerless few
    With a lump in your throat and a tear in your eye
    Can’t you see that their poverty’s profiting you

  2. Bandon
    April 25, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Advance Tickets at The Works 210 C st.

  3. Matt
    April 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    She’s down in Australia right now opening for Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello at the HUGE Byron Bay Blues Fest!


  4. Decline To State
    April 25, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    A wonderful artist and a true force for good and what’s right. Hooray for the Eureka Theater!

    I still don’t understand why she wasn’t booked to perform at the slicker, more uptown, more mainstream “Teh Arkley Center for Mediocre Artists” though. Too much talent I suspect.

  5. Decline To State
    April 25, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Sorry, I’m weak…this is the Herald after all. I couldn’t help but take a shot at the Arkleys and their oh-so-expensive, pseudo-art venue.

  6. question
    April 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I wonder if Plain Jane will be there?

  7. High Finance
    April 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    “A benefit for the organic planet fund”

    Jesus people, the 60’s are so over. Buffy Saint Marie hit her peak 40 years ago and is nothing more than a nostalgia show anymore.

  8. Anonymous
    April 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Though no doubt she will belt out some classics, the band she is touring with brings her music to the present day.

  9. Reinventing The Wheel
    April 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    We feel your pain bigots!

    It must be infuriating to know that your blood might have a fraction of the PCB’s, dioxins, heavy metals and pesticides it has today if the science (and common sense) behind the “organic 60’s” had been listened to, instead of the highly financed corporate propaganda, bigotry, and profound ignorance.

    At least you have the courage to openly express your bitterness while so many other right-wingers wallow silently in the anguish of being proven so deadly wrong with their own lives, the lives of their children, and great, great, great grandchildren.

    Quick, dismiss it as “nostalgia” and forget the odds that half the Beach Boys will likely contract cancer, regardless of their mainstream “positive” message…or, thanks to it…

  10. Anonymous
    April 25, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    well, i tried posting this earlier because it is great and gonna give it another whirl…


  11. What Now
    April 26, 2011 at 12:17 am

    “Reinventing The Wheel says:
    April 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm
    We feel your pain bigots!”

    Thanks for that post,Wheel!
    Coming hot on the heels of HiFried’s latest flatulent bloviation it made us all here at the factory do “the wave” in your honor.
    Yes,HiFried, the 50’s are over.
    And so is your precious 17th century.
    Check your sorry ass into rehab, sober up and get a clue.When you’ve achieved that, get a grip.

  12. High Finance
    April 26, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Reinventing the Lie and What Now are just plain weird.

  13. What now
    April 26, 2011 at 10:43 am

    “High Finance says:
    April 26, 2011 at 8:55 am
    Reinventing the Lie and What Now are just plain weird.

    THAt coming from His Holiness HighlyFried is a compliment.

  14. Reinventing The Wheel
    April 26, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Have pity What Now.

    Many cannot afford the blood test and chose to either remain in denial, or dismiss their contaminated blood as the cost of “progress” and “JOBS”! Still others chose to suffer in silence under some sort of patriotic delusion.

    They must ignore Europe’s Precautionary Principles that require domestic manufacturers to prove their products are safe, AND disallow known carcinogens to be imported from China.

    Nations that provide universal health care have vested interests in the well-being of their human resources.

  15. Ross Rowley
    April 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Um, I do believe the Beach Boys would love to play the Organic Planet Festival. (Those that are still living, that is) Especially if they can perform their edible plant tribute song “Vegetables” By the way, that’s devout 7th level vegetarian Paul McCartney on the celery crunching solo.

  16. Matt
    April 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    “Jesus people, the 60′s are so over. Buffy Saint Marie hit her peak 40 years ago and is nothing more than a nostalgia show anymore.” —

    Actually, I bet you’d be pleasantly surprised if you saw her. Her new album (with her new band) *rocks* pretty hard. She’s going strong for somebody in their 70s!

  17. longwind
    April 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    She played the Mateel a few years ago, and was awesome. She rocked my socks off!

  18. Anonymous
    April 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Anyone thinking she is not an artist does not know what art is.

  19. Reinventing The Wheel
    April 26, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    So, the Beach Boys sang “Vegetables”?

    I wonder if George W. Bush knew that when he hired them?

  20. Anonymous
    April 27, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Buffy Sainte-Marie in the 60’s was bitter that Europeans had won the war for the American continent. In her new hit song, she makes common cause with the majority of Americans who are feeling used and abused by the richest 2% of the American population. She ties her people together with the majority of European-Americans who now do care about the enviromental consequences of our extractive approach to the land.

    Is this shift art or simply a smart marketing move on her part – to sell product to a larger potential audience?

    Oh, for Pete’s sake! Listen to her! It’s obvious she is sincere!

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