On stage will be the jazz violin of Cathy Morris, folk singer/guitarist Carrie Newcomer and award-winning pianist/composer Becky Archibald. The dynamic singers are Shannon Forsell, Cynthia Layne and Brenda Williams.
Archibald is the co-producer of this special concert. She has recorded three CDs, written a musical stage production and is a freelance writer. With all of her accomplishments to date, Archibald admits it’s still not an easy road for a woman in a male-dominated profession. “It’s constant obstacles, I don’t know if it’s because I am a woman or because I don’t have the confidence I need. It seems like each project I do is the first time. I get so excited about doing something new and therefore I don’t deserve to be paid enough or I don’t ask for enough.”
Archibald will be sharing the stage with five other women who all command and get a fee that matches that of their male counterparts. “I think that they all are much farther along in their careers than I am and they are out performing a lot more than I am. It’s something I would love to talk to the women about,” she stated.
She feels there is a double standard for women in entertainment. “At some point I probably need to say, I’m capable and here’s what I have done and this proves that I can do this.”
Archibald admits that she has a fondness for performing at the Indiana History Center. She has just completed composing a piece for a small group of woodwinds, percussion and piano, but she doesn’t want to play it herself, preferring to sit back and watch another pianist play. Archibald is not content to rest on her accomplishments to date in composing, recording and performing.
“Hot Licks and Cool Chicks” offers jazz, folk music, cabaret and original tunes that will give her a chance to work and celebrate with women who have made major contributions to Indianapolis entertainment. For tickets call 317-232-1882.
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