BETTY, the five-piece pop rock band fronted by Elizabeth Ziff, Alyson Palmer and Amy Ziff, takes on the Highline Ballroom on Sept. 24, debuting their new CD Bright and Dark. The band’s unique sound is a blend of tight harmonies layered over rocking guitars and a solid rhythm section. Since 1986, BETTY has performed their memorable live shows—full of exciting, hook-laden songs, clever word play and manic energy—in clubs, theatres and arenas all over the world. Activist entertainers, the band is known for fighting fiercely for what they believe: equal rights, feminism, finding cures for breast cancer and AIDS, Planned Parenthood, the Pro-Choice movement, an end to sexual violence and everybody’s inalienable right to safely dance naked in the streets. Over the years, their benefit performances have helped raised over $25,000,000.
Two other community favorites hit NYC this month. Sarah Bettens is set to release Never Say Goodbye, the first album from her own international label, Cocoon Records, on Sept 8. Never Say Goodbye includes a unique mix of three new songs, favorites from her last two solo records, and covers of songs by iconic artists such as Bonnie Raitt and Julie London. She will be celebrating the CD release at Joe’s Pub Sept 10. Portland, Oregon’s bold indie-folk music scene has spawned its newest member, Katie Sawicki, rooted in the indie electric finger- picking generation and boasting a Lucinda Williams-twinged voice of contemporary folk. Sawicki performs at Rockwood Music Hall Sept 11.
The Center’s Five Boroughs Music Festival on Sept 24 brings musical performances of the highest quality to all parts of New York City. The program takes you through various genres of song, from classical art song to contemporary American musical theater, on a journey through almost 200 years of music, told through the prism of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of our gay friends.