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2021 Festival Schedule + Performers

Photo by Roxanne Frith

This year we are offering a hyper-local Saturday-only daystage with open mic and scheduled performers (music, poetry, spoken word). 

Festival Schedule

Saturday, Nov 13th


Doors Open at 9am
Artist Market:
9:00am - 6:00pm
Workshops:
10:30-11:30am
Sistrum Cafe:
9:00am - 6:00pm
Day Stage:
12pm-5:00pm

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2021 WITA Day Stage Performers

– Stage Schedule –

All events will be ASL interpreted

12:00 PM – Sally Potter
12:45 PM – Tammy Cook
1:30 PM – Jen Sygit
2:15 PM – Murray Stewart-Jones
3:15 PM – Olivia DeJonghe of LVRS
4:15 PM – Voices of the Revolution
Katie Darling

Katie Darling

Sign language interpreter

Katie is a local ASL interpreter who specializes in video relay and performance interpreting. She also teaches ASL at a local high school. She has interpreted at WITA with Sistrum chorus previously and is excited to be back interpreting for this collection of women artists. Contact her at katie.franklin91@gmail.com 

 

Sally Potter

Sally Potter is a powerhouse in the Mid-Michigan folk music community as a singer, banjo-player, song leader and successful producer of acoustic music events.  She was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from FARM, Folk Alliance Region Mid-West. For 12 years, Potter performed, toured and released four CDs with the folk trio, Second Opinion. In 2005, Potter released a fifth CD, “It’s About Time,” with Pat Madden.  Currently in the works is her first solo album, “Summer’s Child,” with CD release concerts planned for Lansing’s Robin Theatre, Jan. 7-9, 2022. Known for her strong song leading skills, Sally has filled rooms with voices for nearly 20 years, leading a monthly community sing in the Lansing area, as well as community sings at several annual music festivals including The Wheatland Music Festival. For twelve years, Sally has been the volunteer booking manager for the Ten Pound Fiddle Concert and Dance Series. She is the founder of the annual Mid-Winter Singing Festival, now in it’s 19th year. Sally will be leading the Ten Pound Fiddle’s annual Holiday Sing on December 10th. (tenpoundfiddle.org) Come prepared to sing along!  

Learn more at sally-potter.com

Tammy Cook

Tammy Cook hails from a long line of coal miners, car hops, factory workers, bootleggers and preachers.  She writes and sings songs about peculiar concerns and fast cars, occasionally playing a mean guitar.

She began performing in 1982 with Karen Quinn in the rowdy lesbian punk rock band RAW.  Since then she has played folk/rock/blues/punk in numerous bands and duos (solo now and then), seeing much of the country through the dusty windows of an overpacked Chevy van.

She has performed at WITA many, many times over the years and is looking forward to returning in 2021!  

Learn more about Tammy on Facebook 

Jen Sygit

Sometimes traditional, sometimes contemporary, always imbued with a raw honesty- Independent Music Award winning songwriter Jen Sygit has released four solo albums, her latest “It’s About Time” was produced by long time friend and collaborator Dominic John Davis (bassist to Jack White, Buddy Miller, Steppin In It) and features guest performances from Luther Dickinson, Colin Linden, The McCrary Sisters and Rachael Davis.  The album’s title track won “Best Americana Song” at the 2019 Independent Music Awards in NYC and Jen’s music video for the tune “Love is Wild”, won “Vox Pop Fan Favorite- Best Director of a Short Form Music Video” the same year.  In addition to her solo career Jen is a founding member of the all-female string band “Stella!” (whose 2012 freshman release “Sorry Stella!” was recorded at ValveTone studios in NYC by Grammy winning engineer Damon Whittemore and produced by Creem Magazine co-founder Dave Marsh) she hosted the “Eclecticana” radio show on 89.7fm WLNZ for a decade and is also a veteran session vocalist appearing on over 50 albums nationwide.

http://www.jensygit.com

 

Murray Stewart-Jones

Murray has been immersed in music all of her life, studying and performing for over 35 years. Originally from Detroit, she now lives in Marietta, OH. Her instruments include piano, drums, guitar, bass, and vocals. She has collaborated in the studio and on stage with many of the Midwest’s best singer/songwriters, collectively appearing on 30 albums and 4 film scores. Her collaborations include Surrogate Earth, Charlie Horse, Halflooking, The Lash, Hydrophonic, Steppin’ in it, Jen Sygit, Nervous But Excited, Groove Riders, The LongHaired Freaks and Tanglewood Jam.  She has shared stages with Koko Taylor, Catie Curtis, Hootie and the Blowfish, Dropkick Murphy’s, Black 47, Flogging Molly, Indigo Girls, Ritchie Havens, Band of Heathens, MTV’s Godess and She, Beverly McClellan, Summer Osborne, Bitch, Altan, Gaelic Storm, Po’ Girl, Ferron, Melissa Ferrick, Vicki Randall, Iron and Wine, Patti Smith, Holly Near, and Sponge. Currently, she runs her own private teaching studio (Jonesbeat Music Studio) in Marietta, OH, while also working on her solo acoustic/vocal project, and playing bass and singing with Back Porch Alibi. A lifetime student of music, she revels in the eclectic influence and experience each of her projects bring to the table.

Jonesbeat Music Studio

 

LVRS – Olivia DeJonghe

Liv (She, They) is a singer, guitarist & songwriter for the indie rock band, LVRS. (Pronounced either as “L.V.R.S” or “LOVERS”) She is a proudly queer artist that lives in Lansing, MI with her fiancé and son. LVRS is the product of a decade of collaborative growth. They released their 4th album called “Sitting With the Unknown” earlier this year. This album has a central theme of staying true to oneself amidst uncertainty. She is already working on what’s next and is expanding on similar themes of queerness & identity. These new sonically emotional landscapes will be self produced and released the following year. 

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Voices of the Revolution

Voices of the Revolution is an eclectic collective of feminist voices telling truth through spoken word. Performing today are: Kim Griffin, Laurie Hollinger, Lisa Sarno, Melinda Haus, Rina Risper, Ruelaine Stokes, and Tari Muñiz