Open Series presents: Queeristan benefit party
With a voice as big as the prairie sky, transgender musician and author Rae Spoon (Canada) has a story like no other. My Prairie Home, Rae Spoon’s latest album, explores the meaning of home when it is no longer a place one can return to. As a young person, Rae used music both as an escape and as a place to build a world they could live in safely. Songs about death, coming out as queer during high school, and surviving abuse are all sung by a voice that can break a heart and fill it with hope at the same time. The album spans their early musical influences from folk and gospel to indie-rock and grunge.
Having started out as a country artist and later adding experimental and electronic elements into their music, Rae Spoon has released seven solo albums and three collaborative albums over the past ten years. They have toured extensively in Canada as well as internationally (Europe, the USA and Australia). Rae has been nominated for The Polaris Music Prize, CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards, and the Galaxy Rising Star Award.
Lake Montgomery grew up in Paris, Texas, where she lived and breathed gospel, folk and soul. In New Orleans, Lake learned how to love the rhythms and rhymes of brass, Cajun, zydeco and jazz. In Amsterdam, she played her guitar on stage for the first time. Lake sings about the big and small things of life that surprise her. Her songs take from the sounds that influenced her on her musical journey. Lake now lives in Edinburgh.
Queeristan is anAmsterdam-based, autonomous festival for queer politics, and will be held from May 29 to June 1st at OCCII and Binnenpret.
LAKE MONTGOMERY, RAE SPOON, THE SHE-RA'S