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SONiA and disappear fear

St. Clair Productions will present SONiA and disappear fear in Ashland during the group's CD release tour for its new CD, "tango."

St. Clair Productions will present SONiA and disappear fear at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland.

Also performing unplugged will be the all-woman rock band from Ashland, Blue Lightning. A silent auction will benefit WomanSource Rising, a monthly newsletter supporting women and their endeavors.

The group is touring from coast to coast in the United States and will end the year in Australia.

SONiA has taken that message of peace to bomb shelters, "Miklats," which are shelters for abused women in Israel, summer camps in Palestine and at human-rights events, colleges, festivals and performance venues around the world.

For "tango," award-winning, U.S.-born singer/songwriter, SONiA Rutstein composed 12 songs in Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic and English creating a Latin-Middle-Eastern, folk-pop sound. The songs weave political trials of love and romance next to heartfelt political ideologies. The songs combine the indigenous sounds of djembes, tin whistles, violins and acoustic guitars. Making guest appearances are Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton and members of the original disappear fear band. Lyrics are included in a 24-page booklet in all four languages over a colorful display of SONiA's paintings.

Sisters SONiA & CiNDY (Rutstein) of Baltimore Maryland created the Folk-pop duo disappear fear. SONiA has written several soundtracks for films and her CDs have garnered a number of awards

Blue Lightning will perform their eclectic mix of cover tunes featuring creative arrangements and lush vocal harmonies.

Blue Lightning had its origins 15 years ago as Stacey Elliott and Blue Lightning, a band dedicated to featuring Stacey Elliott's original country rock songs. Over the years, the configuration of the band has changed as a collection of various members has come and gone, but the band's dedication to its music has remained constant. The current members of the band are Trish Cook on vocals; Rhonda Loftis on drums; Sue Lundquist on keyboard, guitar and percussion; Lisa Spencer on vocals and electric bass; Karen Wennlund on guitar, congas and cornet; and Lorna Wolven on vocals and guitar.

Admission is $18 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for youth 12-17. Children under 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available at the Music Coop, Ashland; online at www.stclairevents.com; or by calling 535-3562.

Singer/songwriter SONiA and her band disappear fear will perform in the Rogue Valley as part of their CD-release tour.