This Weekend: Ani DiFranco at Asbury Hall
by jill - posted 1:47 pm, April 20, 2012
Ani DiFranco with Pearl & the Beard
Sunday 22, 7pm. Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave). $37/$32.50. tickets.com, 888-223-6000
As you most likely know, Ani DiFranco is a hometown self-described “Little Folksinger” who was born in Buffalo, spent part of her twenties in New York City, then returned to her hometown where she established Righteous Babe Records and then performance venue Babeville. Since the beginning of her career she has influenced fellow musicians, activists, and indie-minded people. Her experiences living in New York City, Buffalo, and New Orleans, activist concerns, sharp wit, and inspiring messages of personal and political change shine through her uniquely poetic songwriting. DiFranco has carried her recognizable sound and style throughout her eclectic and successful career. Performing with DiFranco is Pearl and the Beard, a folk pop band from Brooklyn, which is self-described as “three voices, one cello, one guitar, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums, ninety-six teeth, and one soul.” Given that description, their sound is delightfully cohesive and indeed bound by “one soul.” Pearl and the Beard perform each note with nuanced emotion that pairs well with DiFranco’s own folk earnestness. Ani DiFranco and Pearl and the Beard will perform for a sold-out crowd Sunday (April 22), both performances are sure to entertain and invigorate.