Candye Kane, along with Laura Chavez on guitar, will be at the Riverwood Inn on the Avenue of the Giants in Phillipsville on Saturday, Dec. 8. Candye Kane is absolutely amazing, both musically and spiritually. Each year we are thankful that Candye can grace our stage.

A colorful mixture of the traditional and the eclectic, Kane cut her musical teeth in the early ‘80s onstage with Hollywood musicians and friends Social Distortion, Dwight Yoakum, Dave Alvin, The Blasters, X, Fear and Los Lobos, to name just a few. While raising two sons, this role model for the disenfranchised championed large sized women, fought for the equal rights of sex workers and the LGBT community and inspired music lovers everywhere. Her fans are a mixture of true outsiders: bikers, blues fans, punk rockers, drag queens, fat girls, queers, burlesque dancers, porn fans, sex workers, rockabilly and swing dancers, grey-haired hippies, sex positive feminists and everyday folk of all ages. They flock to see Kane and hear her musical messages of love, hope and empowerment.

Kane’s live shows are the stuff of legend. She honors the bold blues women of the past with both feet firmly planted in the present. She belts, growls, shouts, croons and moans from a lifetime of suffering and overcoming obstacles. She uses music as therapy and often writes and chooses material with positive affirmations that leave the audience feeling healed and exhilarated. A show that is part humor, revival meeting and sexuality celebration, she delivers a barrelhouse-tongue-in-cheek blues tune or a gospel ballad like Jesus and Mohammed, encouraging audiences to leave behind religious intolerance. She often says she is a "fat black drag queen trapped in a white woman’s body" and she dresses the part. Bedecked in bright colored feathers, sequins and rhinestones, Kane’s performance is Mississippi by way of Las Vegas with a quick stopover in San Francisco.

Showtime is 9 p.m. with a $15 cover charge. All proceeds go to Candye, who has been fighting cancer for several years. With her magnificent spirit, she is one "tough girl."

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Candye Kane