Radical folk concert with Evan Greer and Bonfire Madigan
The TINY FISTS TOUR features legendary riot-grrrrl cellist BONFIRE MADIGAN and queer riot-folk! singer EVAN GREER: two families full of feminist folk fury traveling together with an arsenal of stringed instruments, babies, and a whole lot of reusable diapers!
$5 – 15 sliding scale suggested donation. Please pay what you can.
Creating New Languages for Wellness/Madness
An interactive workshop on the intersections of community, creativity and healing with Bonfire Madigan co-founder of the Icarus Project
Tuesday April 17th 454 Willamette St. Eugene, OR
Grower’s Market (2nd Floor) by the train station 454 Willamette St. Eugene, OR
Look for a round table
What does it mean to be called crazy in a world gone mad? Could what is defined as sickness be sacred? In this flexible workshop format facilitated by original Riot Grrrl cellist/activist/composer mother, bipolar label survivor, founding member of The Icarus Project (TIP), and international performing artist personality BMad Shive will guide participants on a journey of defining wellness and madness on their own terms shaped by one’s own experiences and community needs as opposed to a dominant medical paradigm of disease, disorder and deficiency.
This capacity-based approach to self healing through creativity, narrative and community care is at the core of TIP’s founding. TIP is the country’s largest peer-run and peer-led online mental health community center, alternative media making hub and voluntary mutual aid support network. Using her chapter in the feminist anthology Live Through This: On Creativity and Self- Destruction as a jumping off point, she will encourage attendants to begin or continue to chart their own inner emotional terrain (or Mad Map) achieving further tools to translate a personal journey into a collective language we can utilize and share on a path of rooting strengthin our diversity.
For wheelchair access call (541) 953-8537
Sponsored by the UO Survival Center and MindFreedom International
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS of the TINY FISTS TOUR:
BONFIRE MADIGAN SHIVE is a visionary cellist, vocalist, composer, performing artist, community activist, and international touring musician. Starting on cello at the age of nine, Madigan Shive began her composing career at fifteen in the Pacific Northwest Riot Grrrl scene releasing music with seminal independent record labels K and Kill Rock Stars. Shive has gone on to establish herself as a singular and trailblazing performer, blending folk, art, punk, classical and avant-baroque styles. She has collaborated with artists including Jolie Holland, Elliot Smith, Joan Jeanrenaud from Kronos Quartet, and David Coulter of The Pogues.
Madigan has composed/performed original scores for major theater productions and shared stages with legends like Kimya Dawson, Neko Case, Cat Power, Gossip, Fugazi, Bright Eyes and Modest Mouse. She’s a contributing author to the anthology Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction (Seven Stories Press), sharing company with bell hooks, Nan Goldin, Kate Bornstein, and other great artists. In addition, Madigan is a founding collective member of The Icarus Project, a grassroots support and media network led by people living with experiences commonly labeled “mental illness.”
“Madigan Shive is the vocal and lyrical heart of this avant-garde chamber pop outfit, whose members occasionally rotate. Equal parts feminist polemics, civil disobedience, and raw poetic power, it’s not for the faint of heart or weak of mind. Oh, and she plays a mean cello, too.” — The Village Voice
EVAN GREER is a genderqueer singer/songwriter, parent, and community organizer based in Boston, U$A. (S)he writes and performs high-energy acoustic songs that inspire hope, build community, and incite resistance! At 25 years old, Evan tours internationally as a musician and facilitates interactive workshops to support movements for justice and liberation. Armed with a repertoire of fiercely radical songs that vary in style from pop-punk poetry to foot-stompin’ bluegrass singalongs, Evan has shared stages with artists as musically diverse as Pete Seeger, Immortal Technique, Billy Bragg, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Anne Feeney, Holly Near, Boots Riley of The Coup, Pamela Means, Oi Polloi, State Radio, The Mammals, and Chumbawamba, Defiance Ohio, and Vicci Martinez.
“Evan Greer is an eloquent and energetic writer. (S)he reminds me of Phil Ochs.” –Dr. Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States
“Evan Greer continues to write inspiring folk music in the tradition of the great protest singers…and (s)he’s a heck of a guitar player. I suspect that songs like ‘Ya Basta!’ and ‘Picketline Song’ will be heard at the barricades for years to come.” –Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine