Angie Evans: Even before I officially heard a song by Angie Evans, I was sold. Why? Angie has a sticker that says “I love ice cream, trees, orgasms, Angie Evans, hugs, & feminism.” At the festival, I was one of the few who didn’t know who Angie Evans was. For those unfamiliar with Angie, she’s a queer musician who embraces the butch look, and wears it extremely well. Most of the women-loving-women in the audience were totally taken with her, and when Angie said anything that could be construed in a sexual manner, oh believe me, it was taken that way. Angie is an unapologetic feminist (check out the hot tats! WIN!) and combines her liberal political leaning into music that leans toward jazzy, which is an unusual medium in my experience. For the show, as she was solo-ing it, her music all went from jazzy to full on acoustic style, and she rocked it. Her songs ranged from love songs to songs with feminist calls to action.
If you haven’t heard of Angie, I suggest you take some time to check out her music. Just do it. Don’t worry, this blog entry will still be here when you get back.
Oh yeah. And she signed my sticker. I’m totally sold on Angie Evans.
by Lyn Jenson
The Blade Magazine
Angie Evans is currently scaling a couple of career peaks--one is her return to the Long Beach Pride Festival in May and the other is the release of her first CD, Cycle of Fruit. Although the gay community may wonder about the “fruit,” the title track’s lyrics proclaim, “let your love drip down” like fruit. “It’s me or others metaphorically as fruit,” Evans says. “You are the fruit, giving sweetness.”
“I don’t even say he or she,” she adds. “But I never hold back... being part of my community,” by which she means the GLBT community.
While the title track’s lyrics are personal, Evans also points to the significance of another top cut, “My Politic,” one of the CD’s more political songs. She doesn’t hold back on this song--either in terms of language or politics--while combining feminist and gay statements, even mentioning the Stonewall riots.
Evans’ music may be described as Lilith Fair meets Jack Kerouac. She’s a female vocalist who plays guitar, but her style is more jazz hipster than the standard-issue women’s artist some first-time listeners may be expecting. As a teenager in the nineties, she wrote poetry, played guitar, and listened to women artists--Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Shawn Colvin. Then she started singing. Later she went through what she calls a “hip hop stage,” a time of Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Erykah Badu. Evans’ MySpace site lists still more influences including Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone--and sex, too.
For Cycle of Fruit, Evans hooked up with a gay-friendly independent label, Freedom Tribe, based in Tempe, Arizona. In contrast to her earlier solo acoustic EPs and demos, Cycle features her four-piece backing band. Her debut CD is now available from the indy store Fingerprintz in Long Beach, or try Barnes & Noble, especially the Buena Park store. It can also be purchased at Evans’ Web site or downloaded at iTunes.
As for live shows, Evans will play the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration--which is, along with many other things, a music festival--on May 14. Her slot is 4 p.m. on the Coffeehouse stage, but she wonders why the festival’s main stage doesn’t feature more “queer” (her term) artists. “They should be more focused on queer artists,” she asserts. “Our organizations have ability as queers to use the fest as an outlet to support queer artists.”
Visit www.angieevans.com to arrange for a booking, purchase a CD, or for more information.
by Heather Corcoran
Imagine a four-car accident with drivers Joni Mitchell, Ani Difranco, Erika Bahdu and Ella Fitzgerald. If only one person survived this crash, it would be singer/songwriter, Angie Evans. Possessing a certain trait from each of these legendary women, the music that flows from Angie would only be best described as a collision of funk, jazz, soul and a little bit of folk all wrapped up in a long winding road of poetry. She posesses a certain strength that she lets unfold in her music. Her songs are powerful, passionate and honest, it's an unstoppable clockwork of intensity and attitude. Definitely an artist to keep your eyes on, ther's no doubt she won't be putting the brakes on her music anytime soon. Funky, captivating, edgy music that will make you fall over. Twice".
by Se Reed
Some might call it "pluck." Others, "sheer determination." Angie Evans sees it as completely normal. What Evans, a local singer-songwriter, does is play. A lot. All over the place.
It has been a speedy chain of events for Evans. She first picked up the guitar at 17, seeking accompaniment to the self described "high school angst poetry" she began to write. She wrote her first song at age 18 and started to play for her friends. At age 21, she put her first five-song demo together and promptly started playing the Long Beach circuit.
Evans, now 23, plays almost every week, in a variety of venues across the city, everything from one owoman acoustic shows in coffeehouses to club stages with full band. She was runner up in a B.B. Kings blues/neo soul competition and has recently expanded her playing radius to encompass the San Fernando Valley down to San Diego.
With strong flyering tendancies and a heavy internet presence on the networking site Myspace- she makes healthy use of the site's "event invitation" feature - Evans has developed a substantial fan base, selling CDs across the states. She tries to keep her venues diverse, like her fans, and like her music.