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Come join us for the San Francisco Accordion Club’s January Musical Meeting featuring The Amazing West Coast Accordion Babes, Rob Reich, Daddy Squeeze, Behind the Bellows, and special guests!

2pm Sunday, January 16th

at the Oyster Point Yacht Club

911 Marina Blvd.

South San Francisco, CA 94080

Featuring….

Daddy Squeeze, Rob Reich, West Coast Accordion Babes including Big Lou the Accordion Princess, Skyler Fell & Ariel McGurty of The Accordion Apocalypse, Luz Gaxiola, Yeti, Emchy with Vagabondage, Salane Schultz. Warm-up players Ilya Kreymer & Robert Dohr. Stick around afterdark for the amazing documentary film “Behind the Bellows”, a riveting story of the rich history and making of the accordion by the Bay Area’s own Steve Mobia

$6 members/$8 guests—— no admission for performers, please encourage friends and family to attend this awesome event!

yummy snacks provided, cash bar with bayside fireplace, merch table

For more information or to join the San Francisco Accordion Club visit:

http://www.sfaccordionclub.com/



Here Come the Calendar Babes …
Big Lou the Accordion Princess. A San Francisco favorite, Big Lou has 20 years of experienceas a solo accordionist. She has played weddings, birthday parties, anniveraries, corporate parties, romantic dinners a deux, and, sadly, funerals. Lou provides the perfect atmosphere for French, Italian, German and Eastern European-themed events. To visit here website, click here .

Jetty Swart-Yeti pronounces her first name “Yeti”, was born in the port of Amsterdam, spent half a life-time in France before landing in SanFrancisco. She found an accordion on her way from Prague to Berlin, passing by New York and Mexico. She sings most of her songs in French, speaks English, dreams in Dutch and calls her music “a punk-style gypsy party where Nina Hagen, Edith Piaf and Kurt Weill meet”. From playing on the streets in the south of France to performances at the Francophonic Festival in Poland, Jetty is hilarious, engaging, dramatic, energetic, touching and thoroughly original. Videos of her performances and samples of her music can be found at her website.

Cindy Emcy & Vagabondage play acoustic gypsy punk, americana, ghost town country, murder ballads and drinking songs for the proletariat with the Bay Area bands Vagabondage, Rhubarb Whiskey and the Oakland Wine Drinkers Union, Local #88. With her tall tales about drinkin. whiskey, love, friendship, and the open road, she is sure to charm you. One can find show listings, music and booking information at vagabondageband, rhubarbwhiskey, and Oakland Wine Drinkers Union.

Skyler Fell & Ariel McGurty are on a quest to bring the accordion to new generations. Skyler is proprietress and repair woman and Ariel is her assistant. The Accordion Apocalypse Repair Shop.San Francisco.s accordion hub, features accordion repair, tuning, sales, lessons, music night, and more! Skyler plays accordion and sings with the dark carnival gypsy jug band The Hobo Gobbelins, as well as Tumbleweed Time Machine, and the Accordion Apocalypse House Band. To visit Skyler’s website, click here.

Luz Gaxiola fuses accordion with circus and comedy. She is a clown with Circus Finelli, San Francisco’s all-women clown troupe, who specialize in pairing breathtaking circus acts with irreverent comedy. Besides accordion, Luz also plays trombone and theremin. She is based in San Francisco, and can be seen performing up and down the coast from Seattle to Mazatlan. To visit her website, click here

Salane Schultz has an original deep vocal quality. Her made up lyrics tend to ponder life while exploring emotions which many of us share. She explores her existence through music and art. Using electronic effects, keyboards, shakers, bells, percussion, tin whistles, other various noisemakers, props, masks and she changes her look for each performance, and her music is always a surprise. To visit her website, click here.

Rob Reich is an acclaimed accordionist, pianist, and composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A talented instrumentalist and an inventive composer, Rob is steeped in many traditions. In addition to being a versatile solo performer, Rob can be heard playing with many top notch ensembles. He is a member of Tin Hat, Gaucho and The Nice Guy Trio, and freelances with many other Bay Area bands. Rob graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Oberlin Conservatory. Rob recently completed a commission for the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, “Sidewalks and Alleys”, performed by the Nice Guy Trio and an all-star string quartet. Rob also composes music for Circus Bella. For his website, click here
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Jan 2010

the year started feeling isolated and unsure of what was coming next. a  number of stephen king books, hikes in the redwoods and family cancer fears riding strong. a new dedication to the black woods literary project got born. i was working part time for the ad agency, we released the new fancy Vagabondage album online, got some amazing press for it and performed at a good handful of shows.I did about three photoshoots for different friends building portfolios. Vagabondage added an upright bass player and a trumpet player for our big DNA show and i fretted a lot about money. Rhubarb Whiskey played at the Hubba Hubba show with a bunch of guest musicians and things were going pretty well.

Feb 2010

Feb began a fallout between me and two close friends that had me in a knot for most of 2010. Rooster and I took the dog to the beach some, her sister's cancer varied between really scary to omg hella crazy scary and we weren't sure what was coming next. We spent a good chunk of our weekends in Salinas trying to be supportive and do what we could.  Rooster ended up at the hospital due to a stomach issue that scared the hell out of us. The Vagabondage album got more good press. I fell down twice and gave myself some decent injuries. Vagabondage played the Beerlesque show with Hubba in SF. Saw Pinhead Gunpowder at Gilman, created the Oakland Wine Drinkers Union website, Rooster and I go to Russian River wine tasting for Valentines Day, I ride my bike around Oakland, OWDU records our first song, Rhubarb Whiskey spends another Sunday recording to work on EP #2 and I'm looking to the future for summer accordion camp. Vagabondage played a rockstar show for Drinks with Tony and John Flaw and I explore the wonders of the dive bar Broken Record.

Mar 2010

The month starts with my asthma getting worse worse worse. Vagabondage plays an underground Oakland foodie show and we meet the charming band the Sweet Trade. OWDU recorded some more. I reached out to old alanon pals and started with the meetings again. I start reading an art book and write my own obituary. I pick back up with some time at Shoebox now that the Ad Agency job is over. Moses - our sweet sweet boy cat gets gravely ill and passes away after many ER visits and at home care. Our hearts are broken but we're still on alert as issues arise with Cluecat as well and my sister in law's situation continues to be hard. There is a lot of taking my in laws to the Dr., writing film reviews for Frameline and practicing new songs on the accordion. Vagabondage had a bunch of shows and they all went crazy well. People really seem to like us. I get in fights with two more super old close friends and it almost all falls apart.

April 2010

The big fight with one friend is resolved the next day. The other will take until November to be resolved. I get a really good haircut. Vagabondage plays a super fun show with after show jam at Shoebox Studios. The next day we take Rooster's dad to the ER and he almost doesn't make it. We don't know what's wrong and everything is scary. It's pnuemonia or 'something else' and it all feels very ominous. Turns out that this non-smoking hard working man has stage 4 lung cancer. None of the Dr's are optimistic and we get 3 - 9 months life expectancy. I bail on a bunch of band practices but use my time in the hospital to book shows and spread the word about the album online. I make a tumblr and start posting poems and ephemera on there. I buy a plane ticket to go back to the midwest to stand in my best friendss wedding and visit my family. My mother in law needs a biopsy but phew it turns out ok, sister in law starts responding well to chemo. I start planning the accordion babe photo shoot, considering a music retreat in new orleans and watch a lot of sopranos to not think about the scary parts.

May 2010

the month starts with Rhubarb Whiskey cancelling recording due to injury and so instead we go to the dog park. then almost ran out of gas going to lake berryessa but ended up happy in a river with a jar full of sangria and a wet happy dog. we got a kitten from the oakland animal shelter. i panic a lot about money, employment, goals, etc. I start to panic about what i'm doing with the rest of my life. Vagabondage plays some shows that we're hella happy with. Rhubarb reschedules and does another recording day to get a good version of our murder ballad for the accordion babes cd before bandmate goes off to get married. i ride 17 miles on my bike with flat tires and incapacitate myself for a few days. I peak at overdrinking at a Hubba and need a ride home. We go to Bolinas a few times to get away. Vagabondage has the video shoot for Can't Stay Good.

June 2010

Fly back to Michigan for family time and a wedding. Have long drives to think and dream on. Sing rainbow connection while being a groomsman and feel so hopeful for my friends. Meet up with old friends for hilarious talky drinky time and ramble around ann arbor being a dork. Get booked for two writing gigs later in the year. father in law went back into the ER while i was out of town, fly home and immediately go to hospital. more Vagabondage shows - hooray! - accordion babe photoshoot happens, then a reshoot, then go with the original shoot. i am still panicked about money and the lack of it. sister in law finds out she needs a stem cell transplant. father in law has a surgery to help slow the fluid build up in his lungs. downstairs neighbor starts smoking all the time so our house smells and our asthma is bad. i sit on a fancy jury for frameline to give the best documentary award. i decide to sever ties with a couple of unhealthy friendships and get suer toxic dump of doom for it - which reaffirms my decision. Spend most of the month hanging out in hospital rooms or at band practice.

July 2010

The month starts with long bike rides, yoga, dad in law stabilizing and we took him to benihana. Vagabondage plays like 6 shows in 5 days and I'm putting some fire under ye olde job hunt as my unemployment comes to an expiration. we go camping with some good friends up at berryessa, rooster gets a helluva heat stroke, there is lotsa swimming and water wrestling. the 105 degree heat makes for some extra cranky as well and an endless hunt for ice. i interview for a job i don't get. my knee decides to rebel against me. i consider applying to berklee school of music and get talked out of it (later i will talk myself back into and out of it many times), i start working on some old issues and am broker than i have been in years. again.  parental grocery trips and doctor visits continue to be the norm. i spend a lot of the month feeling angry in a directionless frustrated way.

August 2010

Vagabondage plays the Whit-Knee benefit and Rau, Rooster and I get a good amount of Bolinas time to reset our heads. Dad in law stabilizes, we get food more sorted out for the folks, sister in law gets a confirmation that she will be getting the stem cell. Vagabondage acquires our tiniest fan- the Vagababy (as named by her dad).  Rhubarb Whiskey gets included on the Pile of Lo Fi compilation.  I make my hair red again. I triple book myself for a crazy day playing accordion with unwoman in a cemetary for a wedding in the afternoon, a show with Vagabondage in SF @9pm and a Rhubarb Whiskey show in Berkeley at the Starry Plough @ midnight. All shows go well and I only have small heart attacks in traffic. I fall in love with Lake Temescal and Revolution Cafe in Oakland. OWDU starts practicing again for a show in Sept. and the new Vagabondage video is released. Vagabondage is asked to help curate part of the Castro Street Fair, Rhubarb has a regular new fiddle player, and all three bands have written new songs with whole albums in the works for Rhubarb Whiskey and Vagabondage. Went to the cotati accordion fest to represent for the calendar. Start the artists ways again. More hospital visits and scary cancer stuff but we continue to roll with the punches. Vagabondage decides that a fall tour is necessary.

Sept 2010

I start getting behind on bills and panicking and also get ready for my 36th birthday. Made a list of all of the good stuff that happened Jan - March of the year and was impressed by it. Carolyn Mark agreed to play with Rhubarb Whiskey at the Starry Plough in Jan (later cancelled but it was exciting while it lasted). Rhubarb also has a good acoustic set with some accordion babes in SF.  Vagabondage had a great show at the Castro St Fair (and elsewhere) and started recording the new album. My birthday bbq was fun and musical. I went and saw Hurray for the Riff Raff.  I get a flat tire, a lot of parking tickets, and continue to suffle folks around to medical appointments. i start and then stop taking some antidepressants. i play some solo accordion at SOMArts and then come down with a flu that wipes me out and leaves me feeling overwhelmed by all of the family  illness and personal money shortages.

Oct 2010

more good Vagabondage shows. get to hang out with Zak more than usual and it's wonderful. dad in law goes back to the icu and we almost lose him right in front of us. i keep applying for work to make things a little easier and get nothing back.  the kitten breaks his leg and runs up some decent vet bills. i read at litquake and it goes really really well. my friend Michael passed away and we went to his memorial, cried and sang with his chosen family. the giants start really winning and go to the world series. we watch some of the game with father in law. the vagabondage tour gets booked and confirmed. Rhubarb Whiskey & Vagabondage play together at Saturn for Devils night and we all watch the baseball game on my phone.

Nov 2010

the giants win the world series!!!! rooster and i go to the victory parade and have an amazing time. father in law is stable. i get crafty and create merch box for tour and vagabondage gets proper cd duplication / packaging for albums to sell on tour. tour is AMAZING and we have a kick ass time up and down the coast. vagabondage, rhubarb and owdu do a crazy cool photo shoot with flip cassidy and images of win are won. day after i'm home from tour it's to the hospital to be there for my sister in law whose transplant is starting, goes well and she does great.

Dec 2010

A lot of money worry all month long. Vagabondage plays an awesome show in Sebastopol and Rhubarb Whiskey overcomes some serious tech issues to start recording in earnest and makes a lot of headway on the new album. Vagabondage has more new songs pop up but battle against the demons of influenza to get them down on tape. The holiday season meant seeing more friends and more social it all starts to feel a little better. Looking to the new year. Trying to keep it all in perspective. We cut down a tree in the woods for the house. It's awesome.



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Holiday Wishlist:

these are always some of my favorite posts of the year. if you wanna dig into one of the things that needs an address hit me up at emchypoet@gmail.com

Step One
- Make a post (public, locked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your journal/ blog. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your journal so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two
- Surf around your reading list/friendslist (or network, or friends' friends, or just random journals, or holiday_wishes) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't se--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.
You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

1. Mix CDs. Every year I get mix cd's from folks and every time my brain expands in new and interesting omg I love music ways. From country to opera to olde tymey to blues to jazz to barrelhouse piano ragtime insanity to straight up Luciana dance music I love finding out about music that is new to me. I also TRY to do a mix for folks myself around this time of year. So it's likely to turn out like a trade ;) 

2. Used  / burned copies of Twin Peaks, Millenium, Carnivale, Mad Men (from Season 1 on) or Tipping the Velvet on DVD. Some old favorites, some I've been meaning to see. As a gift or as a loan. It would be amazing.

3. Make / support art. Go out to local shows at the museum, gallery or bar near you. Tell the musician, painter, writer, sculptor that you liked it. Please. Making art is hard in our culture and there isn't a whole lot of support. Even people that seem to enjoy a band run away in shyness post show and you never really know if people liked it. Go out and speak up. 99% of artists like to know you liked the vulnerable squishy parts of their hearts they just left on the floor.

4. I'd like people to give a useful gift to a homeless person in their community. It's really hard out there, even somewhere like the Bay Area where the weather isn't such a danger.

5. Your art. Do you record music? Write books? Take photos? I love seeing what my friends make and enjoying their art. LOVE IT.

6. I always enjoy jewelry. Necklaces / bracelets that are quirky, metal and old fashioned in some strange way are the best. If you handmade it? Even better!

7. Job Leads? I've been on the unemployment and out of the tech marketing game since about March of last year, but really? since July of 2009. I'm in a place where a regular dayjob would be a good thing again. Editorial, copywriting, content management, curation of online short form entertainment, something else - maybe in the music industry around booking acts or filtering through for the next big thing? Heck I even have a number of years experience as a radio DJ. Throw it my way please.

8. Show leads? In the Bay Area and beyond. The thing I enjoy most in the world right now is performing so more chances to do that, and more ways to do it so that the bands get paid - these would be good good things.

9. Well - I do have an amazon wish list is that cheating?

10. I always love booze as a gifty. Rye whiskeys, bourbons and big red wines are my favorites. Quirky strange stuff is fun too. 
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sending out a round of orders today - if you haven't gotten yours yet order today and it hits todays mail.
woohoo!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER 

         
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S2 Presents Oaktown Indie Mayhem'
Take a Bow 10-23-10
Hosted by Warehouse 416, 416 26th Street Oaktown, Ca.

A tribute to the theater!

Come enjoy an inspiring evening of indie films, music, & art from bay area locals. In addition to the lineup below, we will be featuring live screen printing, a $1 raffle, a photo station w/props, live performance art & more.


MUSICIANS
Avita Treason
Treehouse
Vagabondage

GRAPHIC ARTISTS
Philip Ringler
Smith Mitchell
Raven Ebner

FILMMAKERS
Rita Piffer
Mathew Alhona
CCA Film Group
Colin Johnson
Joshua Smith

LIVE PERFORMANCE
Silky Stu on piano
James Anthony Dance Troupe

EXTRA FEATURES OF SHOW
Live Screen Printing
$1 shirt raffle
Photo Station Feat. Props & Masks by Jen & S2...
Mini bar
Local, organic food by Boffo Cart
Baked Goods by S
House of Vexation Maze by Shipcock Fabrications &
Scrivani Productions

$7 entry, includes raffle ticket
Doors open with music by Avita Treason At 8:30,
Show starts at 9 p.m.
Over by 1am
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so it looks like my resume doesn't quickly answer the question of : so what does she do. 
and so sadface it looks like the job i wanted shan't be mine
and time to brew the coffee and start the resume reorganization

that said it made me think about what i do.

i manage and curate short form web content from both a marketing and project management standpoint.

the other way to say it is that i am the safety net catch all for interdepartmental chaos organization for web based content that gets the job done under deadline.

and yet another way to say it is
dude i put the funny videos / blogs / games online in a cool way so the sponsors like it and we get more hits.
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 so tonight i'm distracting myself from cancer and ICU's with facebook and hulu and i come across tim gunn (from project runway) and his It Gets Better video. and i'm touched because - he comes out with the fact that at 17 he tried to kill himself. and i think. this honesty and vulnerability is kinda rare in folks who've made it. i feel like often i hear lip service to yea it was hard but whoo it gets better without the real addressing of the fact that before it gets better it is so really and actually life threateningly hard. and i think about myself. i tried to kill myself when i was a teen. lotsa pills taken in a haze of i'm too weird and like the wrong people and no one will ever get it. and you know i was not even especially bullied. with social messages there is enough - or was enough - or still is enough - cultural bullying that you know as a queer youth - you KNOW you are other. and that other is wrong. and you can give lip service to being bad ass and punk and cool and not giving a shit but the messages still get through. and you know the christian right and bullies have negligible impact compared to what we tell ourselves in our own heads. and i guess that's the part to me that gets better. the bigots often (but not always) stay bigots. the bullies, they take what power they can now and often have lives that will - post childhood - have absolutely nothing to do with you. but it's the self hate. the internalizing the messages that you're less than and don't deserve more because you're other. that, for me, was the biggest change. that's the inner struggle. the war. to love yourself. and i don't mean in the rainbows and skipping down the street way (though skipping is fun). i mean in the knowing that you're worthy way. that you're worth being treated well. expecting loyalty, love and goodness from the people you choose to have in your life. it means that you can love who you want - even if it goes against expectations - in any direction - and being able to expect that your people will be happy for you. what changes is that you can stop worrying that your friends or family or chosen family will abandon you and just trust that you're a good person, a worthy person and that you have people and a life you can rely on. sometimes i hear stories like tim gunn's and i wonder, what will my story be in 5, 10, 15, 20 years that makes the hardships of right now seem like just a blip. i know i can look back now, even with all of the cancer and ICU's and unemployment and know that the life i live now, that teenage me that took all those pills, could never have imagined this. could never have imagined the love and impossible romance, the music, the writing, the performances, it was unfathomable. and sure my life went a different direction than i expected. i planned to leave high school, go to U of M, live in ann arbor and get skinny living off of cigarettes, yogurt and diet coke, make a way for myself as a poet and then move to amsterdam to live in a small dank one room near the red light district and maybe eventually move back to new york and it would all be impossibly romantic. instead i went to michigan state, gained weight instead of lost it, started writing, got married, moved to san francisco, got divorced, started a relationship that's now 11+ years in, hung out with punk rockers, became a known local writer and then started some accordion bands all the while working at places like MTV and one of the worlds biggest film festivals (and a queer one at that). and sure right now it's hard. and sure depression and stress keep on hitting me like a mack truck. but i'm really hella glad that that whole pill thing back in high school didn't work out. because i got to learn that if you can just hold on... change is really the only constant. 
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 2011 West Coast Accordion Babes Calendar & CD



The all new 2011 Accordion Babes calendar and CD. 14 accordion goddesses in provocative poses celebrating free reeds and the feminine form. Includes a compilation CD with a track from each lovely. The perfect gift for music lovers, accordion fans, pin-up buffs. Emchy is Ms October so raise a glass to Halloween and order yours today!


To order online - send $23 via paypal to emchypoet@gmail.com

To order by mail, please send a check to
Cindy Emch
Attn Accordion Calendar
2915 Nicol
Oakland CA 94602

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS! Your calendar will be sent via First Class mail within one week of your payment being received.

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 driving down alcatraz today with all of the trees browning at the edges and loafing over the road the air was all exhaust and autumn. it reminded me of the unconscious things that matter that can't be put into words.



last night was rhubarb whiskey band practice and i lost hours dancing with musicians and wishing on the christmas lights hanging on the back porch twinkling like night stars.



the night before i saw hurray for the riff raff at the actual cafe along with sam doores and the tumbleweeds and listened to my heart swoon. ended the night dreaming up show tunes at the alley and wondering how many people have lost their hearts under that ancient wooden roof.



the night before that i laughed so hard my stomach muscles still hurt today. i let myself get swept up in the new vagabondage songs we were recording and felt awestruck at the force of the music coming out of us.



tomorrow i will go to the free clinic and get my health checked on. i'll go to work. i'll play accordion at a show for actual money and then go videotape a burlesque show for my friends.



in all of it i keep stopping. finding all of the junkyard roses to smell and all of the tattoos to trace.
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starting by going through to march so it feels more manageable. realizing repeating patterns and seeing journal entries from last september that i could've written yesterday. oh yes our lives and years have patterns. here are the good parts that i found in the first part of last year.

Vagabondage played 27 shows, made two music videos, showed up in the press / blogs eleven times and released an album and almost finished writing a new one.
Rhubarb Whiskey played seven shows and signed contracts / hustled to be in two compilations and started recording a new full length album.  
Oakland Wine Drinkers released a website, booked our first show and recorded demos of five songs.
Rooster and I moved to Oakland.
Adventures at the Handcar Regatta.
Eating strawberries at Swanton Farm at the Pacific Ocean
Wine tasting in Santa Cruz with elusis, raychoo and devilcrayon
The big fancy Murder Ballads show last Halloween at the Sunshine Artists Factory
Movie nights, board games and coffee time with Rooster - swooning still 11 years later
Working Hardly Strictly Bluegrass as staff
Meeting / brushing elbows with Tom Morello, Hazel Dickens, The Knitters, Greg Cohen, Steve Earle and getting a HUG from Billy Bragg
Visiting poets sleeping on my couch
Started personal strengthening / training
Inherited my mothers accordion
Visited my family in Michigan
Stood in my best friends's wedding
Saw the Pixies, Rube Waddel, Golem!, Pinhead Gunpowder, Jason Webley, Mark Growden, and a whole passel of other local bands
JUNKSTOCK!!!!
Was in a couple of photoshoots by local folks
Got into the 2011 accordion babe calendar
Road trips out of town with Rooster
Russian River wine tasting with Rooster & Rau
Bike Rides to Lake Merritt
Southern breakfasts in West Oakland
Cheap coffee, free wifi and good company at the Revolution Cafe
Hubba Hubba
Coffee dates in the mission with postmaudlin
Walking Lake Merritt solo and with friends
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Emchy is the affectionate nickname of accordion player and published writer Cindy Emch. Emchy is a cat person who fervently loves her dog, a midwestern girl who is hella west coast after 15 years in the Bay Area, a punk rocker who loves country music and experimental jazz, and a walking bundle of contradictions.

Right at this moment she is trying to take over the world with the bands Vagabondage, Rhubarb Whiskey, and the Oakland Wine Drinkers Union (Local 88).

She has been interviewed on PirateCat Radio, FCC Free Radio, OutsiderWriters.com, ReadThisMagazine.co.uk and on NPR for her writing, her music, and her propensity for being in car accidents that are not her fault.

She is also featured in the 2011 Accordion Babes Calendar which is currently selling like HOTCAKES!

She believes that art can create change in the world and that it's not so hard to be nice to people. She also thinks that dirt smells like magic and gets lost in the woods on purpose
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Wanna support a real living bonafide artiste? Here's your chance!!!

Poetry Fire Sale

It's a once in a lifetime chance! You - yes YOU can own an Emchy original poem written to the theme / imagery of your choice. This veteran poet has woo-ed crowds and readers with her tales of bones, antlers, rural beauty, urban landscapes and the heartbreak that hits you under the rib. In this crazy mixed up world the chance to own a piece of art made just for you only comes along so often. So order today as this is a limited time offer.

Cost is $15 - 25 sliding scale. Poems will be delivered within a couple of weeks of purchase via email.

but that's not all - there's MORE!

You can also purchase the brand new EP from Rhubarb Whiskey - your favorite trainhoppin newgrass americana drenched rascals with songs of railyards, drinking, love and travel! You'll get six songs for the punk rock price of $5!!! (sample tracks available HERE)

Still aching for more goodies?

For a limited time only there are a few copies of the Hobo Love Tour EP available - hear Emchy & One Beer Prophet as they sing you songs of circuses, drugs, old blues, and monkeys... yes really there is a monkey song.

All this can be yours just by clicking HERE!!!

www.emchy.com/shop.html

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i wish that the queers were as good as promoting how corporate interests actually support queer community stuff as the right is about telling their people... i am always surprised to find out what some corporations actually do... funny how i get these letters from the right and feel like they make me wanna take action - it's just the opposite action of what they want...

todays informative letter re the good that Pepsi does )
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 Hey all - there are a million cool things to do tonight - and watch me throw my hat in the ring too. Tonight Rhubarb Whiskey is gonna be rockin out at El Rio! Show starts at 10pm and the cover is $5. Fugayzi and TrashCanPoet are also performin... plus there will be Music! and Dancing!

We're also gonna be test driving some of the killing songs that we're getting ready for the Halloween Show so it stands to be a helluva good time. See you there?



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today is a good day.

i slept badly. i woke up to the maudlin fog. and still i said no to the tempting doldrums. today is beautiful and alive.  
so i dressed more sassy. i drank more coffee. and i listened to my new fabu-mix from red_eyed_soul.
my trunk was full of accordion, guitar and sheet music. my legs are full of stripey tights. today will be a good day.

i wrapped up, braided and put ribbons on the loose ends at work. 
i met with the folks who are taking on different parts of my job and coached them through both the work and how to make it fun.
i documented, smiled, laughed and cheered on the work i have made and what will carry on.

i got an email from a pal about a maybe nice work thing.
i got an email from another pal about the same work thing but this time with an offer.
i have a part time job now. at a place i adore. with options of extras that make me swoon with dancy goodness.
we meet next week to make a plan. omg i love making plans. order out of chaos. it's a good good thing.
it won't replace unemployment but it will keep me on track and still working and not falling into judge shows on my couch. 

like i said. it's a good day.
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June 2008 - hosted last queer open mic event ending a four year, 2x a month curatorial / promotional / performance committment
Aug 2008 - had stressful corporate well paying web job
Sept 2008 - went on awesome accordion poetry tour of midwest & south


June 2009 - back to working for earnest filmy LGBT non-profit, formed Oakland Wine Drinkers Union, Local #88 and both Vagabondage & Rhubarb Whiskey played awesome shows
July 2009 - Rhubarb Whiskey puts out a short EP 
Aug 2009 - laid off from earnest film LGBT non profit, Vagabondage is finishing a full length album
Sept 2009 - anything could happen

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