Grammy winner and feminist icon Ani DiFranco began her career as a proponent of the artist-run label, creating her own Righteous Babe Records in 1990. Since then she has released over twenty studio albums, collaborated and shared the stage with legends ranging from Bob Dylan to Chuck D to Prince, and supported a broad range of social causes including racial justice, reproductive rights, gender equality, environmental issues and prison reform. Her new album Binary was just released in June on Righteous Babe Records and a memoir is forthcoming from Viking Books.
Andrea Gibson is not gentle with their truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led them to the forefront of the spoken word movement the first winner of the Womens World Poetry Slam Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. After 7 full length albums and 2 publications Andrea is working on their 3rd published book and 8th studio album.
Their work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature.
Rae is a Brooklyn native who attended Princeton University. She has been featuring for Alice Wetterlund and for Anthony Atamanuik on his critically acclaimed Trump Dump show, recently performing at NYU’s Skirball Center. Rae was honored as one of Comedy Central’s UP NEXT comedians in the Colossal Clusterfest, she was recently one of the New Faces at Just For Laughs Montreal 2017, and she is currently a staff writer on Comedy Central’s THE PRESIDENT SHOW. Rae is passionate about all topics regarding race, feminism, pop culture and sports as evinced by her razor sharp, fearless observations in her stand-up as well as her Twitter account @Raesanni.
Gracie and Rachel
Gracie and Rachel are a study in duality: light and dark, classical training with a pop sensibility, Californians in New York. Their music pits anxiety and tension against an almost serene self-assurance. The result is a compelling juxtaposition of Gracie’s piano and lead vocals and Rachel’s violin and voice, augmented with stark percussion. Though they make music as a duo, Gracie and Rachel together far exceed the sum of their parts. Like their stylized color palette of black and white, their instrumentation appears simple and spare at first glance, but there’s a powerful prism effect at work that brings us back to the concept of duality: their songs are intimate and expansive, questioning and confident. The nine orchestral-pop songs on ‘Gracie and Rachel' tell a story that’s rooted in the truth —their truth — but retain an enigmatic air that makes them relatable to anyone who has ever found their heart racing with doubt and pushed forward regardless. Their journey through adventurous youth and cohabitation is evident on their self-titled debut full length which was released on June 23rd.