The Souris District Arts Council opens this season's Concert Series Thursday evening with Rosie and the Riveters.
Batten down the hatches, Westman — Rosie and the Riveters are coming to town, and they’ll have you dancing in the aisles and laughing in your seats.
The powerhouse trio from Saskatchewan will kick off the Souris District Arts Council’s new Concert Series season this Thursday at the Souris Glenwood Community Hall.
Melissa Nygren, Alexis Normand and Farideh are three talented women inspired by the fashion and music of the 1940s. Their compelling performance includes seductive vocal arrangements, percussion, acoustic instrumentation, scintillating choreography and inviting humour.
A Riveter show consists of traditional African-American spirituals, toe-tapping bluegrass numbers, contemporary folk songs and original material. The trio invites music lovers to revisit the spirit of gospel music with a side of folk and a side of jazz — all accompanied with the charm of the 1940s.
Nygren is armed with her trademark classic, sweet vocals, and has been songwriting and performing for more than a decade.
She has released four albums with her bands and has toured extensively within Canada and overseas.
Now a Riveter, her extensive background in roots music adds a touch of Prairie richness and tradition to the trio’s sound. Nygren is a real pistol — passionate about sharing her love for music, including running her own business, Prairie Songstress Music, which delivers her own brand of guitar, voice, and songwriting training.
Francophone singer-songwriter Alexis Normand’s voice is smooth, her nature is sweet and her colour is golden. She comes from the jazz world and brings with her an impressive musical education, uncanny arrangement abilities and considerable experience. Her expertise and flare in composition are what make those Riveter harmonies intelligent and fun.
Winner of Radio-Canada’s Muziklips contest in 2009, Normand was also a semifinalist at the prestigious Festival International de la chanson de Granby in Granby, Que. She is currently working on a full-length album that explores the landscapes of Saskatchewan through music and visual art.
Singer-songwriter Farideh’s longstanding obsession with African-American spirituals is what compelled her with the idea for Rosie and the Riveters, and thus serves as the inspiration for the music they sing. Farideh’s voice is rich, deep and seductive. She has released three records, toured internationally and also performs under the name Munirih.
And, who was the original Rosie the Riveter?
She was a fictional character featured in a propaganda campaign created by the U.S. government to encourage white middle class women to work outside the home during the Second World War.
Although frequently associated with the contemporary women’s movement, Rosie the Riveter was not supposed to promote change or enhance the role of women in society and the workplace in the 1940s.
Instead, she was meant to represent the ideal female worker and help fill the temporary industrial labour shortage caused by the combination of fewer male workers (due to the draft and/or enlistment) and increased production of military equipment and supplies.
"We Can Do It!" became the slogan most commonly associated with Rosie and women like her.
Individual tickets to see Thursday’s performance will be available at Plaza Petals or you can callSharon Dunn at 204-483-2001 to reserve.Adult ticket at the door: $20; early bird ticket: $16; student ticket: $10; and family ticket: $42.
The Riveters performed in Neepawa Monday night and will be in Minnedosa this evening.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 2, 2013