Pamela Means: The Power of the Protest Song
Pamela Means is a singer-songwriter, a jazz musician, an activist, and an educator. Armed with razor wit poetry and irresistible charm, Pamela Means’ “stark, defiant songs” (New York Times Magazine) set the status quo and the stage afire. Pamela has won multiple honors including Falcon Ridge Folk Festival “#1 Most Wanted New Artist”, “Wisconsin Folk Artist of the Year”, and “Wisconsin Female Vocalist of the Year”. Her politically intriguing album, Single Bullet Theory, was voted 2004’s “Outmusic Outstanding New Recording.” Means was also twice voted “Best Acoustic Act” of the year in her hometown of Milwaukee, WI; and later nominated for “Outstanding Contemporary Folk Artist” Boston Music Award.
This family-friendly event will explore the origin stories and lineages of protest songs, how their meanings and impacts continue to transform through time and space, and how they have inspired–and continue to inspire–movements and cultural shifts within the realms of racial and social justice. In addition, Pamela will share her own experiences with becoming an artist and using her voice. A curated assortment of original songs and select, recognizable covers will be integrated into the presentation as a powerful demonstration of how grounding, unifying, and mobilizing protest songs can be. Pamela is presenting this program at cities and towns across Massachusetts with the support of Mass Cultural Council.