Baby Dee, Tammar, and The Silent Era @ John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium. 8p. $7.

Spirit of ’68 Promotions and IU Department of Gender Studies Present:

Baby Dee (Drag City Recording artist)
w/ Tammar
+ The Silent Era
@ John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium
Wednesday February 27, 2008, 8pm
$7 General Admission

From the press release:

 Baby Dee released her latest record, “Safe inside the Day” (January 22, 2008), on Drag City Records, to much critical acclaim. The album was produced by Matt Sweeney and Will Oldham, of Bonnie “Prince” Billy fame, and Will also performs on many of the songs on the album. Other performers on this latest album include Andrew WK, Robbie Lee, Max Moston (Antony and the Johnsons), Bill Breeze (Psychic TV), John Contreras (Current 93), and James Lo (Chavez). Baby Dee will be bring along a full band for this tour.  Band members will be John Contreras (a cellist that plays with Current 93, Calexico and others), Alex Neilson (a drummer who has played with Will Oldham, Jandek, Isobel Campbell and many more), Emmet Kelly (guitarist – The Cairo Gang), and Paul Oldham (Will’s brother).  

Baby Dee is the moniker of a musician who has performed in various capacities for most of her life. She has performed as a street musician in New York, as the harp-playing bear in Central Park, in circus side-shows, and even had a steady job as the organist in a Catholic church in the South Bronx. She ultimately changed her decision about her life’s work in the church because of her sexuality. Baby Dee spent most of her life as a male before finally making the decision to become a woman. The transformation was purportedly tough, but strengthened her in the long run – which clearly shows through in the performance of her music. 

Tammar will grace the stage with their hauntingly beautiful and beautifully haunting indie-pop. There is no such thing as too much reverb.  

The Silent Era is a wondrous mix of folk and fantasy with hints of Western-European and Middle-Eastern musical influences.  Sure to soon be a Bloomington favorite, the band is comprised of seasoned Bloomington artists, including Vincent Edwards (keyboardist, formerly of Murder by Death), Caleb Weintraub (guitarist, song-writer, vocalist, painter, and assistant professor of drawing and painting at Indiana University), Eric Radoux (multi-instrumentalist), Katie Wrightmire (violist), Taylor Peters (double bassist), and John Taylor (percussionist).