NORTHAMPTON, MASS. >> 'June Millington - A Rock 'N Roll Retrospective in Story, Picture and Song' will be presented at the Academy of Music in Northampton, on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m., for The event pays tribute to June's remarkable life as a Filipino immigrant, rock 'n roll pioneer, catalyst in the women's music movement, impassioned educator and godmother to the next generation of women in the music business. The lineup (a work in progress) features an incredible array of performers including Holly Near, Jill Sobule, Toshi Reagon, Gail Ann Dorsey, Christine Ohlman and Sonya Kitchell as well as members of Fanny along with virtual appearances by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Earl Slick and Cris Williamson. We will be announcing several more exciting additions to the lineup in the coming weeks.
The lifetime tribute comes on the heels June's biography 'Land of a Thousand Bridges', published earlier this year along with articles in Pitchfork, NPR and a BBC short - all of which underscore the historical importance of June's career while identifying gender discrimination as having kept Fanny from being more widely recognized.
Beginning with her childhood in Manilla, the Retrospective weaves narrative, video, photos and performances into a rich musical tapestry that takes the audience on a journey through June's life, culminating in a rare performance by June and members of Fanny. The evening will conclude with a tribute by students and alumni from the Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA); a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women and girls in music and music–related business.
June co-founded IMA in 1986 with her partner, Ann Hackler, in Bodega, California's historic Old Creamery. In 2001 they moved the institute to a sprawling 200-year-old farm in Goshen, Massachusetts, where the largest barn was expanded and converted into a performance space, teaching facility and world-class recording studio. As illustrated in this brief documentary video, IMA has nurtured and ignited the creative talents of numerous young women including Sonya Kitchell, Naia Kete and Kristen Ford.
This event is co-presented by Laudable Productions and the Northampton Arts Council as part of 'Four Sundays in February', an annual series that highlights the vibrant arts community in Western Massachusetts. Proceeds from the series help fund the Arts Council Grant Programs, which directly assist the creative efforts of local artists, schools, and cultural organizations.