3 part harmony folk, song premieres 4/12 - Rebecca Riots "Best Band with a Conscience

topic posted Mon, April 7, 2008 - 4:37 PM by  Hannah
Folk icons The Rebecca Riots political/spiritual brand of acoustic music has
won them accolades locally and nationally, including ³Best Band with a
Conscience² from the S.F. Bay Guardian; ³This Band Should Be a Household
Name² from the East Bay Express, ³(Rebecca Riots) heals minds with its
social and political commentary" from The San Francisco Chronicle and even
³Dreamy Girl Band² from Girlfriends Magazine!

The Rebecca Riots will play at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center on
Saturday, April 12th at 8pm. We are located at 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
in San Geronimo, 9 miles west of San Rafael. Tickets are selling
and we recommend advance purchase for this show. Will call tickets are
available online at
The Community Center is a great, low-key and alcohol-free venue for music
with great acoustics and an intimate size. It is only 15 minutes from San Rafael
but is nestled among the beautiful rolling hills of San Geronimo. Come out and
enjoy a hike, have a delicious meal at one of the delicious local restaurants
and catch a great concert on Saturday night!

Musically Rebecca Riots is known for upbeat, energized folk music. They do
three part harmonies, guitar, mandolin and harmonica. On stage, the three
women are charismatic, funny, and inspiring. Songs and between-song banter
touch on a range of timely political and social issues, including police
accountability; healing through interfaith spiritual practice (the three
musicians are Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist [Eve Decker, whose spiritual
home is at Spirit Rock]); caring for the country¹s homeless; gay-straight
alliance; prisoner¹s rights; positive body image for women; building with
straw bale; gratitude toward nature; facing death and loss; anti-apartheid
work; Palestinian rights; love and support of children and teens; and good
old celebratory love songs.

The band was formed in 1993. In the period from 1993-2001, Rebecca Riots
released four CDs, [Gardener (April 2000),
Live at the Freight & Salvage (1999), Some Folks (1998), Rebecca Riots
(1995)] were signed to Appleseed Recordings, and toured the United States
several times. They played the Vancouver Folk Festival, Bumbershoot, the
Salina Folk Festival, and regularly sold out multiple shows in Seattle,
Portland, and the Freight and Salvage in their home town of Berkeley,
California. They have shared stages with Peter Yarrow, Utah Phillips, Laura
Love, Street Sounds, Rhiannon, Ulali, Cheryl Wheeler, Sonia of Disappear
Fear, Gwen Avery, Alix Dobkin, Alice Stewart, and many other balladeers for
social change.

Rebecca Riots spent nearly a decade regaling the folk music world with their
catchy, thoughtful, uptempo songs before taking a break for a few years to
pursue other aspects of their lives. From 2002-2006 Rebecca Riots stopped
touring, playing one or two shows a year in Berkeley and produced one CD,
³Just As Sure². During that time Lisa had a baby and produced albums for
other singer-songwriters, Andrea became a public school teacher and visited
Palestine, and Eve did long meditation retreats and released a solo CD based
on Buddhist teachings.

In fact Eve is well-known to the Spirit Rock Meditation Center community,
³Spirit Rock has been my spiritual home since 1992.² She says. She has
performed at numerous events and benefits for the organization such as
Sylvia Boorstein¹s 70¹s birthday and is training to be a retreat leader.

The same passion that riveted audiences and drove the band to create songs
of struggle, love and inspiration has led these women back to the national
stage. After almost five years, Rebecca Riots will visit Marin as one of
their first stops in a return to touring that is generating buzz and
anticipation near and far.

The Riots will feature some of their new tunes as well as old favorites at
the SGVCC show. With five CDs already to their credit, the Riots are
preparing for a new recording that might be released as early as this fall.
"We have lots of new material that we really want to play out. New songs
need to be refined and polished and the best way to do that is to lay it on
the line and put them in front of a sophisticated live audience, like that
at San Geronimo" explained Riots member Eve Decker.

Rebecca Riots has been called "fresh, radical folk" but their recent return
to the stage shows growth and change as well. While the trio, Eve Decker,
Lisa Zeiler and Andrea Prichett have always brought their own, unique
personalities to the music, the years in-between have given lots of new
inspiration for their songs. Close harmonies and tight rhythmic guitar are
still a mainstay of the Riots. The themes of the songs still include lots of
political content, but the time off has made the music deeper. Its hard to
categorize the songs as being political or spiritual or topical or
specifically love songs. There is just a beautiful depth that happens when
Rebecca Riots do their thing.

WHERE: San Geronimo Valley Community Center
6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. San Geronimo, CA

WHEN: Saturday April 12th, 8pm

HOW MUCH: $15 adults/$12 seniors/$8 kids. Advance tickets recommended.
Available online at You
may also drop off payment at the Community Center (please call ahead) or
mail your check (made out to SGVCC with a note saying how many tickets you
want for what show) to us at SGVCC, Box 194, San Geronimo, CA 94963 Attn:

VENUE CONTACT: 415-488-8888

Hannah Doress
Arts & Events Coordinator
San Geronimo Valley Community Center
415-488-8888 #253

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