“Gaye Adegbalola - Two Concerts and a Lecture Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Gay Rights and the Blues”
During Gaye Adegbalola’s teaching career, she moonlighted as a musician. By maintaining the blues legacy, she now sees herself as a contemporary member of a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa - keeping the history alive, delivering messages of empowerment, ministering to the heartbroken, and finding joy in the mundane. As a founding member of Saffire - the Uppity Blues Women, she became a full-time performer. (Saffire ended in November, 2009, after making music together for 25 years.) Ms. Adegbalola delivers unifying messages and social insight in a fun, wickedly witty, irreverent and big way. She composes, sings, plays acoustic guitar, slide guitar, and harmonica. These presentations are cosponsored by EWU Pride Center, Eagle Entertainment, SAIL, and EWU Women’s Studies Center. Concerts will be 3 p.m. at the EWU Campus Center, Showalter Auditorium; and downtown Spokane at Riverpoint Campus, Phase 1 Auditorium, time TBA.