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I got a message from a group of women musicians in our network asking me to post one of their events at The Great American Music Hall for Thurs day, March 5, 2009, on my Bay Area Music Calendar. WomenROCK's Goddesses of Harmony sounded like an event I would be interested in seeing, so much so that I began calling some friends to join me telling them that it would be an event that they just had to be at. The Goddesses of Harmony's 3rd Year Anniversary Celebration, organized be a group of women artists calling themselves WomenROCK, was a result and dedication to the three years of collaborating, organizing and fundraising efforts.

The event featured Pamela Parker www.pamelaparkermusic.com , Valerie Orth http://www.myspace.com/vlomusic , *bernadette* www.bernadettelovesyou.com and Kim Manning of P-Funk www.kimmanning.com

"This will be an epic celebration of successful powerful, female artists working together to rise up in song to build community, empower and inspire," said the promo sent to me by the celebration's organizer, musician and WomenROCK visionary, *bernadette* "We are rocking the music industry in our own forward-moving and conscious-permeating way!"

What I witnessed that night didn't disappoint me. In fact the show and vibe even surpassed my most wild expectations, and that is saying for a person known to harbor quite a few, including the power of music to change the world and other butterfly flights of fancy. I left with the feeling that this was one of the best shows I had ever seen in my life and had to seriously ponder could this be, especially since I was at concerts with John Lennon, Richie Havens, the Woodstock Reunion in Bethel, NY in '97 (I did the butterfly release on the original Woodstock stage), the 35th and 40th anniversaries of the Summer of Love in Monterey (another event I was involved in as manager for the Musicians for Peace Stage with nearly 100 performers), the Power to the Peaceful with Michael Franti and a host of others. So I decided to wait and see if I felt the same way when I woke up the next day.

So now it is the Saturday morning following the show and I am still mulling over what was the best show I ever saw. I remember the night I was walking down 1st Avenue in New York and my way to the Fillmore East with tickets to see Joe Cocker and the Grease Band in my wallet. As I approached the theater I could see the marquis which read "Joe Cocker and Mad Dogs and Englishmen. I didn't buy tickets for this show I thought. Did Joe Cocker have some fight with his band and have to get a quick substitution? I even started thinking that I didn't want to be thinking that I was going to be disappointed. It turned out to be one the best collaborative shows I had ever seen. Mad Dogs and Englishmen included the likes of Eric Clapton, Leon Russell and Rita Cooledge. The WomenROCK event I saw last Thursday was no less of a disappoitment and included be special guest sit-ins by such nationally acclaimed musician allies as Gabby La La of Les Claypool's Band, James Nash of the Waybacks, Jon Krimstock of Lauren Hill, Jay Bowman, Dave Brogan of ALO, Veronica Klaus, poet Sam Flot, Latz
Lazwell and many more!

Just like the Joe Cocker show, WomenROCK's Goddesses of Harmony exceeded my wildest expectations and now has the distinction for being the first music review I felt called to write. WomenROCK will also launch the 2009 Harmony Festival's Goddess Temple this June.

For those that might say this isn't the form of standard review or that I wrote a story rather than a review, I would sum this all up more concisely with the following.

"WomenROCK's Goddesses of Harmony was a funky multi-faceted colaborative musical psyhic orgasm that exceded even my wildest expectations. I highly recommend following these women and not miss experiencing any of their future extravaganzas. WomenROCK has the potential for being one of the leaders for women in
the music industry."

Alan Moore
Musicians & Fine Artists for World Peace - Founder & director
www.butterflyspirit.org - by Alan Moore


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*bernadette*

... is taking the stage by storm with her vibrant musical presence, unique vocal sound and a flower in her hair. She is described as 'Soulful Angst- Bonnie Raitt meets Courtney Love'. *bernadette* writes heartfelt, sultry songs that encapsulates the essence of San Francisco's timeless sound with a 60's sensibility and authentic purity.

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She has played the Grand Rooms of San Francisco- The Fillmore, Great American Music Hall, Independent, Slim's, Bottom of the Hill, Café Du Nord and festivals around the Bay. Backed by co-conspirateur, Garrin Benfield on guitar, the two harmonize and play together akin to Gillian Welch & David Rawlings but with a brutally honest, soul-bearing live performance. With the tightest, in-the-pocket rhythm section, D. Shani Johnson on drums and Pete Canton on Bass, Shoshana Dimona grooves on keys, Alan Williams textures with trombone, and the angelic sounds of Mayumi Urgino on Violin and Sonia Deninzon on cello, together, create a beautiful and haunting soundscape that brings these seasoned players together in depth, form and musical brilliance.

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*bernadette* has been joined on stage with touring greats, Garrin Benfield, Brett Dennen, RadioActive of Spearhead, James Nash of The Waybacks, Jon Krimstock of Lauren Hill, Kim Manning of George Clinton's P-Funk Allstars, Gabby La La of Les Claypool's band, Veronica Klaus and many more. She is the visionary and founding member of WomenROCK.