Who's Playing...

(Scroll down to learn more about each artist and performer.)

Friday, December 10 Virtual Concert, 6:30 p.m. CST

  • Afro-Cuban rhythms on Bata drums played by an all-woman trio from San Francisco: Elizabeth Sayre, Mena Ramos and Michaelle Goerlitz 

  • Two-Time Grammy Winning Duo, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer with American Folk and Bluegrass 

  • Grammy Award Winner Joanie Leeds 

  • Chicago native (but living in South America) Sally Station, and her trio, Xumapaz from Bogota, Colombia 

  • The Radicals featuring Anita Chase & Megan Gladbach from Kansas performing original Rock/Americana. 

  • Folk/Contra music featuring Kristen Planeaux & Rebecca Weiss

  • Latin Soul from Puerto Rican artist Sandra Antongiorgi

  • Gypsy Jazz Guitarist and Singer Lisa Liu

  • Special performances featuring Girl Forward

Saturday, December 11 Live @ Lincoln Hall, 6:30 p.m. CST

  • Ife Ajayi

  • Victoria Boateng and New Rhythm Arts Djembe Ensemble

  • 25 Bees plays B 52's

  • Lyn Cole and Rhythm of the Street Dance Studio Dancers

  • Shelley Miller plays Against Me!

  • Andrea Bunch plays Joni Mitchell

  • Lillian Pollack

  • Carey Anne Farrell plays Robbie Williams

  • Sarah Ratcliffe and Turn up the Volume

  • Elton Jane plays Elton John

  • Girl Forward Performers

  • Fab emcees Susan Burgess and Cristina Mercader

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25 Bees

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Ife Ajaye

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Sandra Antongiorgi

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Sandra Antongiorgi is a rising Chicago artist known for her thought-provoking visual art and World, Latin and Neo-Soul music. Singing and playing guitar from the early age of 5, her artistry transcends genre. Antongiorgi has been featured as an opening act for Wynona Judd at the House of Blues in Chicago, Alfonso Ponticelli at Chicago's Mayne Stage, and Ryley Walker at Thalia Hall. In 2016, she was selected as Music Artist-in-Residence at MACLA (Movimiento De Arte Cultura y Latino Americana) in San Jose, California, headlining three consecutive concerts. In 2017, as part of the Truth and Racial Healing Concert Tour in Chicago, Antongiorgi opened for and sang alongside the gifted and accomplished Jazz/Blues/Soul/Gospel singer, Lizz Wright. In 2018, she headlined City Winery Chicago's first ever female-fronted Latin music concert and also released hard copies of her self-titled Spanish EP. Antongiorgi's recent collaboration with One City Films and NoiseFloor resulted in the creation of a Spanish rock version of "America the Beautiful," a song now featured in their protest documentary "F*** Your Hair."As a songwriter, vocalist, producer and musician, she creatively bridges the gap between the nostalgia of the past and the ingenuity of the present, drawing the listener in with her soulful compositions.

Bata Trio: Elizabeth Sayre, Mena Ramos & Michaelle Goerlitz


Mena Ramos is an Oakland-based percussionist, medical doctor, and founder of the Global Ultrasound Institute.  She received her B.A. from Brown University in 2005 and her M.D. in Havana, Cuba in 2011.  During her time in Cuba, she studied percussion with the late Alfredo Benitez Gonzalez (Cuarteto d’Aida) and continues to study under the tutelage of Manley “Piri” Lopez (Los Chinitos).  She performs regularly in the Bay Area music scene with the CMC Charanga Ensemble, the Arenas Dance Company, and alongside other great percussionists Javier Navarrete and Annette Aguilar.   She has toured internationally with Amikaeyla Gaston and the Harmonic Rhythms performing a fusion Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms with African-American spirituals.  Mena Ramos founded the fusion duo Pairadocs with Dr. Laura Harris.  


Artist statement: Playing percussion is the unifying force behind the heartbeat and the rhythmic mind, translated by the limbs into a universal language of beat, meter, groove, pulse, and vibration.  I play to connect in a divided world.  To reach at the intersections of musical styles, inspired by the complexity and elegance of afrocuban folkloric drums and its connections with classical, hip hop, ragtime and jazz, is to experience the syntonic groove, the inner vibration that moves us to togetherness.


Elizabeth Sayre has been playing Afro-Cuban bata since 1994, and has studied with many masters of the form in the US and Cuba--her primary teachers were/are John Amira, Orlando Fiol, Lazaro Pedroso, and Amelia Pedroso. She has been accompanying Afro-Cuban folkloric dance class with master Cuban dancer and choreographers since 1999, and has worked in this capacity with former members of Yoruba Andabo, the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, Cutumba, Afro-Cuba de Matanzas, and Raices Profundas. She currently accompanies class and performs with Susana Arenas Pedroso in the Bay Area, and is a key force among women students and players of the Cuban bata drums in the U.S. In addition to the bata, she also plays congas and Brazilian percussion, and worked with Alo Brasil, a sensational Brazilian dance band in Philadelphia, for 11 years. Elizabeth has studied, played, taught, documented, written about, organized events around, and raised funds for traditional arts and artists since 1997.

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Michaelle Goerlitz has been playing drums and percussion since she was eight years old. After attending college in the Midwest, she moved to San Francisco in 1980 to continue her studies, which have led to exploration of Brazilian, Afro Cuban, Venezuelan, and Middle Eastern rhythms (plus jazz, R & B & funk). She was a founding member of two renowned & long-term projects, the Blazing Redheads and Wild Mango. Both groups blended many different styles which showcased Michaelle’s versatile percussive skills. Among the list of people Michaelle has played with: VNote Ensemble, Venezuelan Music Project, ‘Chelle & Friends, Wayne Wallace, Mark Levine, Tom McDermott, Tammy Hall, Paul McCandless, Holly Near, Anthony Brown, The Brazilian Jazz Project, Ojala,  rhiannon, Yair Dalal, Naser Musa, Barbara Higbie, Jami Sieber, Tuck & Patti, Jai Uttal and Samba Rio. In 2007 she was named a “rising star” in Downbeat Magazine.


In addition, Michaelle has many years’ experience doing school presentations through the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music program, as well as teaching – at numerous music camps as well as privately.

Victoria Boetang

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Andrea Bunch

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Susan Burgess

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Lyn Cole & Rhythm of the Street Dance Studio Dancers

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The Radicals: Anita Chase & Megan Gladbach

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Anita Chase and Megan Gladbach of The Radicles both began performing in rock bands in high school. Megan honed her guitar chops in Kansas City’s alternative-rock I Am Nation, and Anita spent years singing and playing with Wichita/Chicago rock trio ½ Mad Poet before joining Americana rock band Matthew Morgan and the Lost Brigade (later to become The Lost Brigade) on Chicago’s CAU Dog Records. Anita and Megan met in Kansas and were brought together by open mics and a robust songwriting friendship. The Radicles released their first album, “Seed” in 2021. The album features strong dynamics with interesting chord and tempo changes. The band’s energetic rock performances with elements of folk, funk, jazz, pop, punk, and hard rock showcase the talents of both front women.

Elton Jane

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Carey Ann Farrell

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Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

TWO-TIME GRAMMY® Award Winners, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are an eclectic folk festival on their own terms. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the guitar, five-string banjo, ukulele, mandolin and cello-banjo. The duo has released 48 recordings, won recognition as both songwriters and tradition bearers, and opened doors for countless other musicians. From social justice to the history of women in country music, Django style jazz to bluegrass and old time music, they are a rare eclectic duo that ties it all together-past, present and future.


Boston Globe called them “Spellbinding acoustic musicians, with a rare mastery of American roots styles.”


Billboard Magazine said, “As close to flawless folk/bluegrass as it gets.”

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GirlForward Performers

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Joanie Leeds

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Lisa Liu

Lisa Liu is a guitarist based in Brooklyn, NY. She plays gypsy, folk, and solo guitar. Liu is an Artist Ambassador for Santa Cruz Guitar Company and is also endorsed by Krivo Pickups. She is a Teaching Artist at Django in June and has also been an Artist in Residence at The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. 

Liu has performed at Django Reinhardt Festival (France), The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington DC), Strathmore Music Festival (MD), Academy of Music (MA), Peabody Essex Museum (MA), The Rubin Museum of Art (NYC), Joe's Pub (NYC), Barbes (NYC), The Plaza (NYC), The Knockdown Center (NYC), and the Hill-Stead Museum (CT).

"Liu performs with a confident grace that reveals an intuitive command of her instrument, and her versatile picking style ranges from a playful nimbleness to straight-up jamming." -Christa Titus/Billboard Magazine

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Christina Mercader

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Shelley Miller

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Kristen Planeaux

Kristen Planeaux began playing piano at the tender age of eight and continued on until she found her true calling—traditional dance musician—at 23. For the last ten years, she has brought her own flavor of bold rhythm and warm, imaginative harmony to English and American traditional dance music.

Kristen and Rebecca first started playing together regularly as neighbors in Montague, MA during the pandemic shutdown.  From sheltering under the porch roof during the cool rains of early spring to blistering summer humidity and darkening November, we've played tunes together to get us through.  We are very excited to share them with you!  Rebecca brings driving New England steadiness; Kristen groovy syncopations.  Can't wait to see you soon!


Lillian Pollack

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Sarah Ratcliffe


Rebecca Weiss

Rebecca Rose Weiss has played for contra dances around the country and recorded on a variety of albums.  She eagerly learns from elder musicians about community music and the old days and tunes, most recently as mentee of David Kaynor, legendary New England dance caller and musician.  She gets especially excited about harmonizing, teaching, and composing. www.rebeccaroseweiss.com

Kristen and Rebecca first started playing together regularly as neighbors in Montague, MA during the pandemic shutdown.  From sheltering under the porch roof during the cool rains of early spring to blistering summer humidity and darkening November, we've played tunes together to get us through.  We are very excited to share them with you!  Rebecca brings driving New England steadiness; Kristen groovy syncopations.  Can't wait to see you soon!

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