Spirit of the Suffragettes with Girl Blue and Martha Redbone

Spirit of the Suffragettes with Girl Blue and Martha Redbone


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Freedom Square
35 5th Ave, Troy, New York, 12180

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The Spirit of the Suffragettes Summer Festival presents…


Performing in Freedom Square on July 16th, 2019, join us for the Spirit of the Suffragettes Summer Festival and Community Resource Fair!

Girl Blue will be performing from 5:15PM to 6:30PM, and Martha Redbone will be performing from 6:45PM to 8PM.




Girl-Blue-2Girl Blue is the brainchild/alter-ego of singer-songwriter Arielle O’Keefe. O’Keefe developed an interest in music at an early age and she wrote her first song (about the annoyances of sharing her room with her brother) at the age of 5!!. Then a year later she started to play the piano and then at the age of 12 Arielle took up the guitar.

In 2011, O’Keefe appeared on the musical reality show Opening Act and she was chosen to open a concert for Rod Stewart. No stranger to original music success with her first single ‘Fire Under Water’ receiving over 2 millions plays.  Blue also has covered Fleetwood Mac’s classic single “Dreams”.

Girl-Blue-6Her debut EP “I Am Not A Star” is now available. Born and raised in New York and Dallas on classical piano, choir music, hip hop and Ani Difranco, she developed a diverse sense for vocal arranging and storytelling through song.




Martha Redbone is one of today’s most vital voices in American Roots music. A multi award-winning musician, the charismatic songstress is celebrated for her tasty gumbo of roots music embodying the folk and mountain blues sounds of her childhood in the Appalachian hills of Kentucky mixed with the eclectic grit of her teenage years in pre-gentrified Brooklyn. With the power of her gospel singing African-American father’s voice and the determined spirit of her Cherokee/Shawnee/Choctaw mother, Redbone broadens all boundaries of Americana.

075Her latest CD, The Garden of Love- Songs of William Blake, produced by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder/Grammy Winner John McEuen is an unexpected twist – “a brilliant collision of cultures” (New Yorker)features Martha’s magnificent voice, Blake’s immortal words and a masterful cornucopia of roots music (folk, country, Piedmont blues, gospel, bluegrass, soul and traditional Southeastern Native American).

Martha-Redbone-UTR-updated-HeroRedbone and her long-term collaborator, pianist Aaron Whitby are called “the little engine that could” by their “band of NYC’s finest blues and jazz musicians” (Larry Blumenthal-Wall Street Journal)From grassroots beginnings with residencies at the original Living Room NYC, then Joe’s Pub and nationallyat powwows across Indian Country in support of her debut album, Home of the Brave –  “Stunning album, the kind of woman who sets trends” (Billboard) – Redbone has built a passionate fan base with her mesmerizing presence and explosive live shows. Her album Skintalk is described as the soulful sound of “Earth, Wind and Fire on the Rez”(Native Peoples Magazine) and is recognized as an example of Contemporary Native American music in the Library Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.







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Spirit of the Suffragettes is a summer concert series and community resource fair showcasing women and gender non-conforming musicians from the international to the local. Diverse local organizations will share access to information and tools to support women, who bear a heavy load caring for families against all odds.summer concert series and community resource fair based in North Troy at Freedom Square.

The century-old suffragette message needs to be heard and updated to be made more inclusive. Women, especially women of color, still struggle for equity in their everyday lives. We’ll bring history alive with music, positioning the suffragettes as radical role models to explore gender imbalance throughout society–from music festivals to single mother households in low-wealth communities.

The Spirit of the Suffragettes is an 8-week summer concert series and Women’s Resource Fair celebrating the history of radical historical activists through an updated and more racially/economically inclusive lens. We’re presenting female and gender non-conforming musicians (predominantly women of color) alongside a resource fair highlighting the organizations and opportunities that support women and families in our extremely low-wealth neighborhood. 

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Events will take place on Saturday 6/8 3-6 PM as well as Tuesdays 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20 5-8 PM and Saturday 9/21 3-6 PM. Here is a list of organizations supporting our community resource fair!

Thank you to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for making this project possible!