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Phoebe Legere’s mother and father had been artists and she — now in her mid-50s — has been a typically below-the-radar star of voice, piano, guitar, accordion, poetry and painting because her teens.
The gifted Massachusetts indigenous, with Mayflower and Acadian ancestors, examined the philosophy of artwork at Vassar University and composing at Juilliard and has produced 15 CDs of primary new music. Taking part in with a punk-rock band in 1990, she opened for David Bowie on his tour but generally shunned big labels.
Legere will bring her “Tribal Roots of Rock Blues Cajun & Jazz Show” to mActivity Conditioning Centre in New Haven, Sunday, June 23, with Washboard Trim as element of the East Rock Live performance Collection. Lys Guillorn will open up.
Legere these days performs her unique tunes alongside with vintage, singalong Cajun and Americana favorites. A supporter of feminine, gay, Native American and civil legal rights will cause, Legere is pledging proceeds from the display to her nonprofit Foundation for New American Artwork, a 501 c3 organization that provides art and music to the children of very low-profits communities.
A foundation formal claimed a single Legere ancestor, Alfred Hemenway, former president of the American Bar Affiliation, gave tens of millions of bucks to Yale that her Mayflower ancestor is buried in New Haven and that she is exploring outreach plans in the Bridgeport area.
mActivity, 285 Nicoll St., New Haven, Sunday, June 23, 7 p.m. $16.52 (with services expenses) in advance and $20 at the door. 203-936-9446. mActivity.com/activities-calendar