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Release: March 24, 2003

Women's Center Co-Sponsors Concert to Benefit Iowa Women's Music Festival

The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa will co-sponsor a spring concert to benefit the Annual Iowa Women's Music Festival. The benefit will be Saturday, April 5 at CSPS, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. The fundraiser will feature performances by BeJae Fleming, Jamie Anderson, and Wishing Chair. The evening will also include a silent auction of items and services donated by local artists and businesses. Doors will open at 7 p.m.; music will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets, available at CSPS and at the Women's Resource and Action Center, 130 N. Madison St., Iowa City, are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Reduced admission is available for those in need. All proceeds will support the Iowa Women's Music Festival, which will be held in September.

BeJae Fleming is an Iowa singer-songwriter and Trailor Records artist, an energetic and entertaining performer of traditional southern blues and finely crafted original material. With passionate singing, innovative guitar playing and engaging storytelling, she celebrates the lives of women in songs that range from gentle to gritty, from heartfelt to humorous. BeJae, who has appeared twice at the Iowa Women's Music Festival, will be performing with special guests Jackie Blount on bass and Laurie Haag on percussion. Jamie Anderson is a women's music road warrior, touring relentlessly since 1987. She is a songwriter with a prominent sense of humor, and will occasionally complement her musical set with baton twirling or belly dancing. Wishing Chair is an award-winning Kentucky duo with acoustic guitars, accordion, great lyrics and drop-dead gorgeous harmonies. They call themselves "song farmers," and cite their influences as everything from the politically charged work of artists like Holly Near and Sweet Honey in the Rock to the fire and pop of artists such as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Fairport Convention; Joan Armatrading; and Patti Smith.

Prairie Voices, a local non-profit organization is the co-sponsor of the event. For more information, call the Women's Resource and Action Center at 319-335-1486.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One,
Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Laurie Haag, 319-335-1486, Writer: Linda Kroon.