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City of Hillsboro Oregon - Celebrating Women in Music She s Speaking Live Comes to Hillsboro on International Women s Day 12 February 2024 ( news )
City of Hillsboro , state Oregon ( By Press Release office)
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Arietta Ward , Naomi LaViolette , Liz Chibucos , Lisa Mann , Bre Gregg , LaRhonda Steele , Beth Wood , and Kristen Grainger . Eight phenomenal Oregon women songwriters take the stage at the
Walters Cultural Arts Centeron Friday , March 8 in She’s Speaking Live!
It’s a night of songs by women , about women , for everyone . Backed by a killer band , they’ll share their artistry and voices , while also paying tribute to some of their musical heroes .
Tickets are $25 in advance , $29 day - of - show and available on the
Walters Performance webpage
. Concessions available for purchase from DAnu Wines .
Recognizing that women are under - represented across all aspects of the music industry and that women’s voices and stories need to be heard , She’s Speaking was co - founded by Oregon singer - songwriters Beth Wood , Bre Gregg , and Kristen Grainger during the global pandemic in 2020 . The project fosters opportunities and platforms that elevate songs by women .
During the shutdown , the trio created and curated a YouTube channel with more than 60 original song - videos contributed by women songwriters and hosted live - stream performances .
She’s Speaking produced its first live performance at Alberta Rose Theatre and now takes that dynamic and uplifting live show on the road , celebrating women’s voices and stories across the northwest!
This inspiring collaboration will touch your heart , uplift your spirit , and get your toes tapping while honoring the power of women ' s voices and stories . Don’t miss this evening celebrating women during Women’s History Month… and on International Women’s Day!
Meet the Performers
Arietta Wardhas been referred to as the “1st Daughter of Funk and R&B , ” as well as the “Rip City Soul Funk Diva . ” Known to many as “Miz Etta , ” she is a musical force to be reckoned with; her performances are filled with joy , authenticity , passion , and humor . Miz Etta is also the daughter of NW music royalty , the late Janice Marie Scroggins .
Beth Woodis a modern - day troubadour , award - winning poet , and believer in the power of word and song . Beth has been writing , performing , recording , and teaching full - time for twenty - four years—delighting and inspiring audiences with her exceptional musicianship , intelligent writing , powerhouse voice , and warm and commanding stage presence . Beth released her 15
Love Is Onto Youin August 2022 .
’s is the voice of Red Bird , a soul band with elements of blues , rock , and funk added to the mix creating their own unique and distinct sound . Their debut album ,
Live It All
, showcases the band’s musical maturity that breathes new life into music today .
Find No Enemysays , “This is soul rock re - invented and reignited with a passion and dexterity like few can compare to . ”
Kristen Graingeris the soul and voice of Americana string band Kristen Grainger & True North . With three albums that hit #1 on folk radio charts , she has won seven national songwriting awards and was named , with Brandi Carlile and Dolly Parton , one of the “Women Who Wrote Our 2020 Soundtrack” by
The Bluegrass Situation
LaRhonda Steeleis a gospel singer and songwriter recognized as one the region’s best rhythm and blues vocalists . She has been dubbed "The First Lady of Portland Blues”—a title she lives up to , sharing songs issued directly from her spiritual life - force . In 2018 , she was inducted into the Cascade Blues Society Hall of Fame as the Duffy Bishop Best Female Vocalist .
’s vocals effortlessly straddle the line between the honey - sweet warmth of the South and the force - of - nature sound she has cultivated by mastering everything from hard rock to rhythm and blues . Her clever blues and Americana balladry is complimented by her considerable prowess on bass guitar .
—singer - songwriter , guitarist , and sound engineer—was recently dubbed “Jimi Joplin” by some fans because she combines soulful , bluesy vocals with intricate , hard - hitting guitar work . She performs with groove - based electric funk - rock band Far Out West and plays guitar with Portland’s Ashleigh Flynn & the Riveters .
’s musical style is piano - driven folk - pop with elements of classical and jazz . Her roots are deep in classical music—she has a master’s degree in classical piano performance—but she has also immersed herself in the study of jazz standards , folk songs , soul , pop , and gospel .
For more exciting 2024 performances at the Walters , visit
Walters Performance webpage
to see the full line - up . Tickets for all show can also be purchased by calling 503 - 615 - 3485 or in person at the
Walters Box Office
Due to limited capacity , advance ticket sales are highly encouraged as walk - up tickets may not be available .
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