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Toshi Reagon, 2nd Annual Women on the Loose: A Winter Rock Festival, Rachael Sage, The Voca People

Folk/blues musician Toshi Reagon returns to Joe’s Pub for her annual birthday bash Jan 26-29. Performing with her band Big Lovely, the event promises surprise guest appearances from her many friends and collaborators, plus gifts from Toshi for her fans. Sunday continues the birthday celebration with an evening of sacred music sung by Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely with her mom, Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Brooklyn pop/rock band Melissa Li & The Barely Theirs host the 2nd Annual Women on the Loose: A Winter Rock Festival at Union Pool Dec 16. The festival celebrates female musicians who take an active approach towards their careers and revel in the joined spirit of rocking out together. This year’s event includes guitarist Christie Lenee’s virtuosic brand of folk-rock, fiddle-and-guitar duo Left on Red’s ho-down Americana, Kate Branagh’s warm and soulful songwriting, and The Barely Theirs’ sophisticated pop-rock.

Don’t miss singer, songwriter and producer Rachael Sage when she performs at the Rockwood Music Hall Jan 25. Over the course of her career Sage has built a loyal fan base with a rigorous international tour schedule. She’s shared stages with Eric Burdon, John Lee Hooker, Judy Collins, Colin Hay and many more. Leaving aside set lists in favor of a more spontaneous approach, Sage combines top-notch musicianship with hilarious between-song banter—what The New York Times recently dubbed Sage’s “inner Fanny Brice.” Tonight, Sage will preview songs from her forthcoming tenth album, Haunted By You.

Direct from the far side of the sun to the wild side of musical comedy, The Voca People are an innovative, international, intergalactic musical sensation. The out-of-this-world show combines vocal sounds, accapella singing, comedy and the art of beat box for a night of high-energy hilarity and exhilarating vocals. Performed by eight snow-white, ruby-lipped aliens with perfect harmony, the show explodes with more than 70 well-known songs that create an array of vocal “fireworks.”

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