SONiA and disappear fear

St. Clair Productions will presents SONiA and disappear fear in Ashland during the group's CD release tour for its new CD "tango." SONiA and disappear fear will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Rouge Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Also performing unplugged will be the all-woman rock band from Ashland, Blue Lightning. A silent auction will benefit WomanSource Rising, a monthly newsletter supporting women and their endeavors.

The group is tour from coast to coast in the United States and will end the year in Australia.

SONiA is always striving to disappear fear and spread her message of peace. She has taken that message to bomb shelters "Miklats" in Israel, summer camps in Palestine and at human rights events, colleges, festivals and performance venues around the world.

For 'tango," award-winning, U.S.-born singer/songwriter, SONiA Rutstein composed 12 songs in Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic and English creating a Latin-Middle-Eastern, folk-pop sound. The songs weave political trials of love and romance next to heartfelt political ideologies. The songs combine the indigenous sounds of djembes, tin whistles, violins and acoustic guitars. Making guest appearances are Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton and members of the original disappear fear band. Lyrics are included in a 24-page booklet in all four languages over a colorful display of SONiA's paintings.Sisters SONiA CiNDY [Rutstein] of Baltimore Maryland created the Folk-pop duo disappear fear and signed with Carlin Publishing in London almost immediately. After releasing three albums on their own they signed with Warner Chappell Publishing and Rounder Records in 1994 for the release of their self-titled CD. The CD won multiple awards including the GLAAD Award for Best Album, a GLAMA (Gay Lesbian Association Music Awards) award, and Top Release of the Year by Mix Magazine. The next release, "Seed in the Sahara," was produced by Springsteen's piano player, Roy Bittan and won the GLAMA for best band.

In 1998, with CiNDY off the road as a full time mom, Rounder released "Almost Chocolate," SONiA's first solo CD under her own name. During that year SONiA toured Europe (Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands) and Australia for the first time. "Me, Too," her 1999 release, won Female Artist of the Year at the GLAMAs. Me, Too was also later chosen by the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) along with songs by U2 and many others for their compilation CD. "Me, Too" also was chosen by the Philadelphia Folk Festival for their 40th Year Anniversary CD (along with Ritchie Havens). Following another solo release, "Live at the Down Home" SONiA released "No Bomb Is Smart" to rave reviews and a nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Album by the Grammys.SONiA decided it was time to bring back the harmonies which disappear fear has always been known for and added Laura Cerulli on vocals, percussion and drums. With Cerulli and other musicians SONiA disappear fear released "DF05" in 2005.SONiA has written several sound tracks for films including the 2006 documentary "Autumn's Harvest" directed by Dave Marshall. The film is playing at film festivals around the world. She is currently working on a musical that will be released in 2009 as well as a blues CD. When not on the road SONiA does commissioned artwork, including paintings and large murals.

Jeep named SONiA one of eight singer-songwriters in the country selected to travel around in the new Jeep Compass and perform on street corners. The tour kicked off in New York Aug. 24, 2006, with a free concert in Central Park, headlined by G. Love and Special Sauce. The four-week campaign and concert series "Uncharted: The Jeep Compass Music Tour" promoted the artists and the new vehicle.

Blue Lightning will perform their eclectic mix of cover tunes featuring creative arrangements and lush vocal harmonies. Blue Lightning had its origins 15 years ago as Stacey Elliott and Blue Lightning, a band dedicated to featuring Stacey Elliott's original country rock songs. Over the years, the configuration of the band has changed as a collection of various members has come and gone, but the band's dedication to its music has remained constant. The current members of the band are Trish Cook on vocals; Rhonda Loftis on drums; Sue Lundquist on keyboard, guitar and percussion; Lisa Spencer on vocals and electric bass; Karen Wennlund on guitar, congas and cornet; and Lorna Wolven on vocals and guitar.

Admission is $18 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for youth 12-17. Children under 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available at the Music Coop, Ashland; on-line at ; or by calling 535-3562.

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