Sisters with soul

A lineup of professional female musicians will step up — with heart and a whole lot of talent — to present a concert to benefit United Way of Jackson County's Women Living Leadership program.

Drummer Teri Coté, string player Crystal Reeves, electric guitarist Beth Wishes, acoustic guitarist Alice DiMicele, vocalist Cilette Swan and bass player Leah Hinchcliff of Portland will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

There will be appearances by singers Shae Johnson (The Rogue Suspects) and Jorah Fate (Women Living Leadership's Rose Circle), and string ensemble The Unfortunate Girls' Musical Conservatoire Quartet — an ensemble of middle- and high-school students — will perform from 7 to 8 p.m. in the lobby.

"Each of the women in the Women WiLL Rock band are bandleaders in their own right," says Greg Frederick, executive producer of the event. Cynthia Salbato and DiMicele produced the show.

Coté has played professionally since high school. Her band, the Teri Coté Band, is a rock and pop power trio.

Reeves is a member of bluegrass group Siskiyou Summit and plays violin, viola and mandolin.

Wishes is a vocalist, electric and acoustic guitar player based in Grants Pass and has worked with reggae group The Toyes, her own B Wishes Band and cover band Colonel Mustard.

Hinchcliff plays stand-up bass with acoustic duo Gravy and electric bass with female sax quartet The Quadraphones, among others. Formerly based in Eugene, Hinchcliff has worked with DiMicele on past projects.

DiMicele fronts her own folk-rock bands, and Swann is vocalist and songwriter with duo Gypsy Soul.

"The show is a collaboration of leadership between professional musicians," Frederick says. "It's a women's project from top to bottom, and they're the best of the best. Any one of them could take the stage and do the show alone."

The core band will present original tunes by each musician, along with covers of Christina Aguilera, k.d. lang and India Arie, and the women will take turns as bandleaders and backup artists.

With no time for rehearsals until the night before the show, there's no telling what dynamics the concert will take on.

"The beauty of it will be the spontaneity," Swann says. "I think it will be an energetic, collaborative effort with like-minded souls."

VIP tickets cost $75 and include backstage tours and appetizers. General seating is $25, $10 for ages 18 and younger. Tickets are available at Ashland and Medford food co-ops and

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