Just out. (Portland, OR) 1983-2013, October 03, 2003, Page 46, Image 46

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And 5 more years makes 20!
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allin^all burned-out Nocial workers,
peace activists and union organizers:
Anne Weiss invites vou to her
Oct. 11 concert tor a little
rejuvenation.
The 41-year-old bisexual
singer believes music is a way
tor people to celebrate and
1 connect with each other.
Citing a quote from anarchist
Emma Goldman. “ It I can’t
dance, 1 don’t want to be
parr ot vour revolution,”
Weiss savs she often sees
activists fighting against
injustices, and when they don’t
have a positive vision to move
toward, they just bum out.
She hopes her folk-, blues- and
gospel-fused music can help create
that positive vision.
The guitarist and pianist has lived in
Portland for nine years, but before that
Music is not a “ one-dimensional
she spent about 10 on the road, a self-
experience” to Anne Weiss. See her
described political hobo. Weiss hitch­
Oct. 11 at Alberta Street Pub.
hiked cross-country with friends at 16
after reading Jack Kerouac’s On the Rood.
And she tries to carry that tradition forward.
Although she had always been somewhat of
“For
me, my most successful concerts are when
an activist, her time on the road solidified it.
the music is reallv gcxxJ, but also when people
“Most of it was reallv lovely,” she says. “It was
feel
uplifted and connected to each other," she
an opportunity to fall in love with the world
explains. “When it’s not just me up on the stage
and a really good reason to want to preserve it.”
doing something hut helping to create some­
After her initial trip, her travels became
thing among all the people that are there.”
more focused. She helped organize political
Weiss names Dar Williams and Catie Curtis
movements tor peace and justice in the United
as friends and has shared the stage with the likes
States and Central America, all the while
singing and writing songs.
of Joan Baez and Ani DiFranco.
Also recognized as a pixrt, Weiss published
Weiss has lived in a cave in New Mexico,
a hxik of poetry, Milking Paper from Leaves,
traveled through Central America, met a her­
last year.
mit and lived among Native Americans in the
Southwest and farmers in France. She stayed
1 ler CD release concert tor Braille last Febru­
with a motorcycle gang and a family with 10
ary at Alberta Street Public House was one ot
kids in Oklahoma. “You would meet people
her first times playing with a full hand. “I had
and have all kinds ot preconceived notions
many people come up to me and said they hadn't
about them— and they would be undone,” she
heard ot me...and that they walked in feeling
notes. “And that was an exceptional and beau­ • down, and they were walking out very up."
tiful experience.”
Weiss describes herself as visually impaired
A full-time professional musician, most ot
and, although she doesn’t read Braille, she
her traveling these days is for performances or
hopes her music reaches out hevond the five
to reach guitar workshops. But, even there, she
senses. Music is not, she says, “a one-
finds unique ways to connect with communi­
dimensional experience. It’s a sensual experi­
ties. One of her favorites is through small
ence. It you write well and play well and try to
house concerts. “You really get to meet the
layer it in many different ways, it has a texture
community where you’ve gone. Something spe­ that people can experience.” JH
cial comes out of it.”
At one house concert in upstate New York,
ANNE W eiss fterfemns 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at Alberta
i some ot the audience members decided to form
Street Public House, 1036 N.E. Alberta St., with the
a blues band. Weiss gave them pointers to get
Feel This Band. Admission is $6~$12 sliding scale.
them started. “You feel like you’re leaving
something behind that’s positive,” she adds.
K athy B elge is your Guide to Lesbian Life at
www. lesbianlife .about, com.
eiss grew up in a diverse New York City
neighborhixxl where she says people
often played music on the street. Her
family was musical, and she began taking piano
lessons at age 3 and performed at a church
coffeehouse at age 11.
She has always been attracted to musicians
who try to better the world. “A lot of the folks
who inspired me were involved with peace and
human rights and gay rights and all that stuff,"
she savs. Her earlv influences were Aretha
Franklin. Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown and older
blues artists like B.B. King and Sippy Wallace.
She is inspired by musicians who use music as a
way to have a positive impact on the world.
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