Elizabeth and the Catapult – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA – September 14th, 2018

Elizabeth and the Catapult

Elizabeth and the Catapult

Be Steadwell

Fri · September 14, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

$10 ADV - $12 DOS + Fees

Elizabeth and the Catapult
Elizabeth and the Catapult
Elizabeth Ziman, who performs as Elizabeth and the Catapult, is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter from New York, living and working in Brooklyn. She's toured with the likes of Sara Bareilles and Kishi Bashi; collaborated with Esperanza Spalding, Gillian Welch, Blake Mills and Ben Folds; scored, with Paul Brill, a variety of international award-winning documentaries including "Trapped," a Peabody winner; and won An Independent Music Award for Songwriting, Folk category. Her songs have been featured in national television campaigns for Google, Amazon, Sky TV, and "So You Think You Can Dance".

Always writing, Elizabeth has narrowed her vast collection of previously unrecorded material down to her fourth full-length studio album "Keepsake," produced by Dan Molad (Lucius) and featuring collaborations with Richard Swift (The Shins).
Be Steadwell
Be Steadwell stands on a wide stage looking out at a sea of pink. The biting winter air carries cheers and melodies from miles down the road. She sees thousands of women and families before her with hand-painted signs exclaiming love, anger and disbelief. Behind her stands the capitol building, as she joins Toshi Reagon’s Big Lovely Band, and larger-than life celebrities like Maxwell, Janelle Monae and Madonna. Be Steadwell looks out at her hometown. Both inspired and terrified she wonders, where do we go from here?

One year later, Be Steadwell is in Tonal Park Studio recording her Queer Love Songs album, a culmination of her work as a musician and activist. Queer Love Songs offers a space beyond the politics, the trauma, and the oppression where marginalized folks still find time to fall in love.

“I'm a black, queer, woman, singer songwriter and I believe that everybody deserves a cheesy love song. That’s why I write queer pop. In some ways I think Trump made me gayer. In the past year I’ve felt truly afraid to live in this country. I wanted so badly to write a F*CK TRUMP song, but it wouldn’t come. It wasn’t empowering. I needed to laugh, and remind myself and my folks that we're so beautiful for loving the way we do. We take risks to love and we love against all odds.”

A daughter of Joni Mitchell, Sade, Sarah Vaughan and Sweet Honey, Be Steadwell was raised on soulful love songs. As a 13 year-old, she stumbled across Ani DiFranco’s “She says.” Steadwell listened again and again to the woman’s voice nearly whispering over intricate guitar picking. Slowly, quietly she realized, this song is about a woman’s love for another woman. For the first time, Steadwell saw herself in a love song. She found a moment of freedom in that song.

In 2009, Be Steadwell co-founded the queer hip-hop duo The Lost Bois. The Lost Bois offered a response to homophobic posturing of rap culture. Two self-proclaimed gay, awkward women, the Lost Bois rapped about feminism, wishing to be cooler, and striking out with girls. Be continued her musical career in solo work. Her albums Rainwater (2014), Notes (2015), Jaded (2016) and Breakup Songs (2017) expanded her work, incorporating pop, soul and folk influences with queer-affirming content. In the following years, Be travelled across the globe with only a loop pedal, her voice and her love songs.

In Queer Love Songs, Be reflects on the highs and lows of love with warm tones of nostalgia, butterflies, heartbreak and all the feelings that come with love. Be’s layers of buttery vocals melt over acoustic guitar, rhodes and playful drum beats. Her perspective as a queer, black woman is subtle- yet always present. “Sometimes”, a sweet and ernest love song reflects on an experience loving a gender non-binary partner. In “The Door”, a collaboration with folk icon Toshi Reagon, Be laments the end of a relationship. In "Gay Sex", Be presents a satirical response to a noxious political environment suggesting we all go home to have gay sex, dedicating it to fascists and homophobes everywhere. In “Netflix”, she considers the complications of love in the information age. Be speaks to a deeply troubling and relatable truth in her lyric: “Sex is elusive on a good night. Netflix is fucking up my sex life.”

Queer Love Songs offers laughter, catharsis and a breath of fresh air in spite of an atmosphere of violence and fear. Be’s courageous expression of emotion inspires and urges her audience to follow suit. If love is what makes us human, Be Steadwell offers Queer Love Songs as a reclamation of humanity.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://philly.worldcafelive.com/