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Virtual Dream Café Presents: SongSisters, Solo! Patti Shaffner, Amy Dixon-Kolar, and Sue Fink In-the-Round

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Community. Communion between audience and performers. Inspiration, anticipation, spontaneity; SHARED transcendent moments. Do you miss these things?  I sure do!  The Virtual Dream Café (VDC) attempts to recreate this atmosphere, via Zoom (interactive environment), until live music venues are able to reopen.

SongSisters, Solo:  Normally Patti, Amy, and Sue perform as the trio SongSisters, adding harmonies and instrumentation to each other’s songs and covers; but due to time latency issues online, they will be performing solo, in the round.  These singer/songwriters offer an eclectic mix of songs... listen carefully and you may hear them silently harmonizing with each other!  https://www.songsisters.net/     

About the Performers:
  • Patti Shaffner is a dynamic performer, making a solid connection to the audience with a naturally engaging stage presence. She moves with ease between different genres (folk, jazz, blues, musical theater), and her original, thought-provoking songs have garnered awards, including First Place - Singer/Songwriter in the 2015 Great American Song Contest. 

    Patti also is active in Circle Singing, a textless form of improvisational singing, and has led circles for high school choirs and community programs; having been mentored by Bobby McFerrin and Mistress of Improv Singing, Rhiannon.  http://jazzdakini.com 
     
  • Amy Dixon-Kolar is as much at home with traditional folk and Celtic music as she is with her original creations.  She weds entrancing vocals and intricate guitar work with humor and her studied observations of life.  Her internationally recognized single, "Rosa Sat", has become a YouTube favorite, and received first runner-up in the 2010 Music2Life songwriting competition.

    Amy tours nationally, playing spaces from intimate coffeehouses to political rallies, colleges, and music festivals.  Songs from her albums, "Now It's Time” (2008) and "Dancing Through The Storm” (2014) have been played on radio stations world-wide.  http://amydixonkolar.com   

  • Chicago-based singer-songwriter Sue Fink enchants audiences with her whimsical perspective on the world, through her compelling songs and charming performances.  Her genre, “urban campfire cabaret,” is folk with a hint of jazz, a large dollop of humor, and a drop of sadness for good measure.  Her songs receive airplay locally and nationally, including "The Midnight Special" (WFMT) and "Folk Festival" (Lilli Kuzma, WDCB); most recently, her “Alternate Universe” song was included in Episode 691 of This American Life (NPR).

    Sue performs solo, as CatBird (duo with Jane Godfrey), and as SongSisters (trio with Amy Dixon-Kolar and Patti Shaffner).  As host of the Virtual Dream Café, Sue appears in the round with very talented performers whom she feels everyone should get to know.   
    https://suefink.com/   

About the show format:
  • "In the round" means we each perform a song, one after another.  Performers are inspired by each other's songs, and spontaneity abounds!
  • This show runs from 7:30 to ~8:30 pm (CST), approximately 1 hour... so, likely 3 to 4 rounds.  
  • "Doors open" at 7:15pm, so we can chat before the show begins.  (Zoom is an interactive environment, where performers and audience can see and hear each other!  Audience will be muted during the show, for sound clarity issues, but we can talk before and after the performance.)

  • This will be an intentional show:  we ask you to donate to reserve your seat, and then be present so we can share community.  The show will NOT be recorded for later viewing.  The intent is for us to share the magic together, in real time.
  • Your generous $donation goes directly to these artists.  Your donation also reserves your place in the "Zoom room," so to speak.  We look forward to sharing music, and community, with you!

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