Women Who Rock: Honey & Healing

Three Days. Two Locations. One Love!

Women Who Rock “Making Scenes, Building Communities” welcomes the fourth annual (Un)Conference, Film Festival & Oral History Archive “Honey & Healing” with a series of events from Thursday, April 24th through Saturday, April 26th. Children and families are welcome.

Invitation to  “Honey & Healing.”  All events are free and child-friendly.


brick18 Evelyn Harris has dedicated her voice to giving depth and meaning to an extensive array of musical styles, creating stirring interpretations of African-American traditional and contemporary material, freedom songs from around the world, jazz, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel and blues.

Her 18-year tenure with the internationally acclaimed Black women’s acapella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock guided her studies as an artist, performer, arranger and composer. Her compositions include State Of Emergency (1988 Grammy nomination)and My Lament. With Sweet Honey, she recorded and co-produced ten albums on the Warner Brothers, Redwood, and Flying Fish labels.

Evelyn relocated to the Pioneer Valley in Fall 2002. For over 3 years, she directed the choir at the North Hadley Congregational Church and facilitated writing and singing workshops with teenage mothers through the Springfield, Mass YWCA. With an emphasis on the social, political and economic conditions of Blacks in America, she has taught “Introduction to African-American Music” at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School, MacDuffie School, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College and Westfield State College among many others. Evelyn currently directs “The Ku’umba Women’s Chorus” at the Northampton Community Music Center and uses singing as cognitive therapy with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients in several nursing homes in the area. During the summer, she is a vocal instructor at the Jane Hanson Vocal Music Academy and the Institute for the Musical Arts Rock ‘n’ Roll Girls Camp. She has enthusiastically shared the stage with The Safari East Jazz Trio, Hip-Hop performance poet Lenelle Moise, singer-songwriter Pamela Means, pianists Miro Sprague, Jeff D’Antona, Stephen Page, Joel Martin and Jerry Noble as well as saxophonist Charles Neville. Earlier collaborations with a diverse spectrum of artists include Odetta, Holly Near, Glory Van Scott, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, June Jordan, Sonia Sanchez, Horace Boyer, Art Steele, Jane Sapp, Zap Mama and Take 6.

Evelyn will be accompanied by Screen Shot 2014-04-06 at 8.52.59 PMJanice Scroggins.  Janice is one of the most in-demand pianists in the Northwest today. She’s on a ton of albums, not just on Flying Heart, but on this label she plays on Eddie Harris’s album, Tom McFarland’s first album, all three Esquires albums, and her own album of Scott Joplin rags. This was for many years the only recording on which Janice Scroggins is the named headline artist. A newly remastered pressing was released in 2010. Furthermore, Janice is all over our 18-song Portland Blues sampler, “A Taste of the Blue Rose,” playing with practically everyone on the project, in a kind of “house band” that included Randy Monroe on bass and Carlton Jackson on drums. Writing in the November 1998 Two Louies, S.P. Clarke describes Janice as “the very model of the perfect side musician, utilizing space in her keyboard delivery, leaving plenty of room for the other players, while glistening in her moments to shine.” That assessment is as accurate today as ever.

Janice has a new CD out called Piano Love and released in 2014 on Michael Allen Harrison’s MAH label. This is the album we’ve all been waiting for! It is a thing of beauty


Festivities kick off on April 24th at 5:00pm at Washington Hall (153 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122) with “Afrolatinas Who Rock: Warming Up the Honey,” an event honoring Afrolatinas in the arts.  This first event is organized by MÁS: Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle and includes films, discussions, music and dance performances.

On April 25th, the Women Who Rock (Un)Conference begins at 3:00pm at Washington Hall with a community altar and calavera building workshop.  Legendary singer, songwriter, composer and educator Evelyn Harris, formerly of the Grammy-nominated Black women’s a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, will provide the keynote and perform (8pm).  She will be accompanied by Janice Scroggins. The theme of “Honey & Healing” is to acknowledge the sweetness we allow ourselves as women who resist, survive and practice resilience, demonstrating how women have brought community together to heal through the arts and create beauty out of oppression. This theme is embodied in the Green Bodies “The Mix” Market featuring local art & goods by entrepreneurs, healers, artists, and snack geniuses.  We invite vendors to this massive mix of creators of healing (See Green Bodies link below for more information).  The event includes a film festival co-sponsored by Native Voices (5:30pm), and community cypher & jam featuring Seattle Fandango Project, Yakima Fandango Community, Women’s Caribbean Steel Pan Project (6:30pm) and 206 Zulu Malika Jam with hip hop artists Julie C & Sista Hailstorm along with b-girls to close down the evening (9:15pm).

 On April 26th (10am-12pm), the festivities close at The Bush School (3400 E. Harrison Street, Seattle, WA) with “Spiking the Honey,” a discussion,  and performance unpacking the power of the female in the punk rock world featuring punk legend Alice Bag, Night Train & Jessica Mills.

Guest scholars & critics:  Mary Pat Brady, Daphne A. Brooks, Mako Fitts Ward, Martha Gonzalez, Kate McCullough, Gaye T. Johnson, Sherrie Tucker, Ann Powers, and Deborah Wong. 

Our goal is to generate dialogue, build and strengthen relationships between local musicians and their communities in collaboration with educational institutions.  We emphasize community involvement in the event and encourage attendees to participate in creating dialogue.

All events, especially April 25th, are D.I.W.O. (Do It With Others).  We encourage participants to bring instruments, paintbrushes, beats, ideas, recording tools, your singing voice, knitting, art supplies, jarana, and dancing shoes to add to the “mix” of the market, altar, and jam sessions!


All events are free and open to the public. Children are welcome.

INVITE YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1450836495153679/ 

♥ Free advance  registration @ https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mhabellp/224598.  Please register!!!  Registration will also be available on the day of the event.

Please help spread the word by inviting your friends, FB or in person!

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Thursday, April 24 || Doors Open at 5PM
@Washington Hall (153 14th Avenue, Seattle)

“WARMING UP THE HONEY: Afrolatina Women Who Rock – honoring Afrolatinas in the arts

Organized by: MÁS Movimiento Afrolatino seattle
Films, discussions, goods for sale, music and dance performances.

Details at: movimientoafrolatinoseattle.blogspot.com or movimientoafrolatino@gmail.com
Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410270119235297/?ref=br_tf
Friday, April 25 || 3:00 PM – 10 PM
@ Washington Hall (153 14th Avenue, Seattle)

3:00 Green Bodies “THE MIX” Market, Community, Altar and Sugar Skull Workshop with Jacque Larrainzar , Slow Food, Music. (Bring cash for vendors).

5:30 Film Festival

6:30 Community Jam Session – Featuring:
Cypher lead by Julie C.
Seattle Fandango Project
Yakima fandango Community
The Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project

8:00 Keynote: Evelyn Harris formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock, with Janice Scroggins

9:15 Performance – 206 Zulu Malika Edition
Saturday, APRIL 26 || 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
@ the Bush School (Community Room) (3400 E Harrison St, Seattle)


With special guests: Alice Bag, Jessica Mills, & NighTrain
Unpacking the Power of the female in the punk rock world
Contact: jabali.stewart@bush.edu
SPONSORS: Women Who Rock Collective, Uzuri Productions, Greenbodies, 206 Zulu Nation, Real Colored Girls, MÁS – Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle, De Cajón Project, Seattle Fandango Project, Yakima Fandango Community, The Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project, Queering the Museum Digital Storytelling Workshop, Dia De Muertos Seattle, The Bush School, Social HeARTistry Educators (S.H.E.), City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, EMP Pop Conference. University of Washington Sponsors:  Simpson Center for the Humanities, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, American Ethnic Studies, The Graduate School, Native Voices, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, Diversity Research Institute, Communication Department,ASUW, Women Who Rock Student Club, Beyond HB 1079, College Assistance Migrant Program, UW Libraries Digital Initiatives. Special Thanks to Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló for keynote sponsorship.

To request disability accommodation, contact Washington Hall at 206-595-5886

Women Who Rock Community supports, develops, and circulates cultural production, conversations and scholarship by cultural producers and faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates across disciplines, both within and outside the University, who examine the politics of gender, race, class, and sexuality generated by popular music. Our goal is to generate dialogue and provide a focal point from which to build and strengthen relationships between local musicians and their communities, and educational institutions.

For more information, to volunteer with us, to learn more about the project, learn about accessibility of buildings and space, and to contribute your stories to the Women Who Rock Oral History Archive (hosted by the University of Washington Libraries), please visit:http://womenwhorockcommunity.org and/or email: womenwhorockproject@gmail.com.


For information about the Women Who Rock Archive:http://content.lib.washington.edu/wwrweb/

For information about “Afrolatinas Who Rock: Warming Up the Honey,” contact movimientoafrolatino@gmail.com

For information & to participate in the Community Jam Session and the Green Bodies “The Mix” Market, contact green.bodies.seattle@gmail.com .  Tables are $25.00, to be one of the vendors, click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xWzgqpbvi_OctBf_jG4WBLjDBK9C9Jcqaz_H_aTQHpo/viewform

For information about “Spiking the Honey,” contact jabali.stewart@bush.edu


Evelyn Harris :www.evelynharris.com (with Janice Scrogginshttp://home.teleport.com/~flyheart/fhjanice.htm)

Alice Baghttp://www.alicebag.com/

Julie Chttp://julie-c.com/

Sista Hailstormhttp://bgirlmedia.com/hailstorm

Festival de Dia De Muertos Seattlehttps://sites.google.com/site/diademuertosfestival/


MÁS: Movimiento Afrolatino Seattlehttp://movimientoafrolatinoseattle.blogspot.com/

Native Voices:  Indigenous Documentary Film: http://www.com.washington.edu/nativevoices/

Green Bodies & Uzuri* Productionshttps://www.facebook.com/UzuriConsultingandProductions

Seattle Fandango Project:http://sites.google.com/site/seattlefandango/206 Zulu:www.206zulu.com


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