Saturday, August 4, 2018

PHOEBE LEGERE: Benefit, Music, Party for a Great Cause!

103 South Geneva Street Ithaca, NY
Admission is $10.
(607) 272-KAVA.
The website is
Award-winning, musician, composer, artist Phoebe Legere invites you to a Record Release Party for her new album Squeeze Me, a celebration of the accordion in timeless French chansons, Cajun sizzlers and Phoebe originals. 

Hosted by Sacred Root Kava Dream Café on August 11 at 8 pm, the $10 cover charge will benefit the 501(c)3 Foundation for New American Art, a nonprofit that brings Arts Education programs to underserved children in low-income communities. Phoebe Legere is the Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation.

Save the Date!

WHO: Phoebe Legere, Métis composer, painter, inventor, multi-instrumentalist, award-winning accordion player and legendary community arts activist. 

WHAT: An evening of post-Americana original songs and stories from songwriter Phoebe Legere. 

WHEN: Saturday, August 11, 8pm  

WHERE: Sacred Root Kava Dream Café, 103 South Geneva Street – Ithaca, New York 14850
Phone: (607) 272-KAVA.


Phoebe’s performance
brings history to life in this humorous and inspiring family show about Louisiana, the Acadian diaspora and the Native American roots of Cajun Music.

With her multi-dimensional talent and joyous 4-octave voice Phoebe leads the audience from foot-stomping Cajun accordion classics to her own Acadian originals to 10,000 year old medicine songs.

“I’ve fallen in love with the mountain torrents and crystal cascades of the Finger Lakes. I love to hear the waterfalls sing. I found a community of genuine art and nature lovers here.
“Ithaca is a vibrant intellectual atmosphere that inspires fresh, hybrid art forms informed by the latest scientific developments,” said Phoebe Legere. 

Phoebe Legere is driving across the country in her “VISIONARY” VAN, which is loaded with Art and Music. She is fundraising and fun-raising for her 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization: Foundation For New American Art (4NAA) that is dedicated to bringing art and music to underserved children in low-income communities. 

Phoebe Legere’s Americana CD “Heart of Love” went to #18 on the ROOTS Americana chart…with praises from WICN-Worcester’s Nick Noble, who called Heart of Love, "one of the most intriguing, exciting albums I've heard this year."

Phoebe Legere is the author and illustrator of a children’s book called The Magic Accordion. Her new CD Squeeze Me features 12 Legere originals and three Cajun-Acadian classics.

Legere has performed thousands of shows from Country Fairs to NPR, from Folk Festivals to the Pow Wow circuit, from Songwriter Circles to a CBS Sunday Morning feature when she won First Runner-Up in “America’s Hottest Accordionist Contest” in Branson, MO.  
The New York Times raved about Phoebe’s piano chops, it was her work on the accordion that rocketed Legere to national fame and brought the accordion back in the national consciousness as a joyous, rockin’ instrument of delight!

The multi-instrumentalist has played with Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Steve Martin and John Hartford and Phoebe collaborated with Hunter Thompson on a number of outlaw art performances. She studied music composition at Juilliard and the Philosophy of Art at Vassar.


Legere is known for her virtuosity and community arts activism. Phoebe also:

 was host of Roulette TV for a decade, a show about the extreme cutting edge of art and music
 was nominated for the Pulitzer prize for her epic poem The Waterclown about water issues which she sung with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony

“She has…fearless…inspiring…artistic integrity." The New York Times compared her to Jerry Lee Lewis, Maria Callas, and Edith Piaf.


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Phoebe Legere is a Métis composer, writer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. Her Native American name is Phoebe Songbundle. Phoebe is known internationally for her “angelic singing voice” and “beautiful soul.” 

NPR's Studs Terkel called Phoebe Legere “An American Original.” She has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre, toured with Bowie, has been featured on CBS, ABC, NBC, PBS, starred in a recent HBO show directed by Lena Dunham; she created The Shamancycle, a 15-person monster eagle vehicle that runs on alternative energy, and she invented the Sneakers of Samothrace, a musical instrument that gives children with disabilities musical superpowers. 

Phoebe has a record track in Canada and is making an all-French record with “the Bob Dylan of Canada” Claude Péloquin.

Vassar graduate, Juilliard-trained Phoebe Legere has been involved with some of the most creative and world-changing personalities of modern times: she opened for David Bowie on his national tour , she lived with Hunter Thompson and collaborated with him in the late nineties, and she worked with Lena Dunham on HBO’s documentary about her friend, artist Hilary Knight (Eloise) 

National Public Radio raved: “She is an American Original…her beautiful voice will take your breath away.” 

The New York Times raved about Phoebe’s piano chops, it was her work on the accordion that rocketed Legere to national fame and brought the accordion back in the national consciousness as a joyous, rockin’ instrument of delight!

Phoebe Legere has been compared to Edith Piaf by the New York Times and was called “The female Frank Zappa” by Billboard. 

“LEGERE plays the piano with enormous authority in a style that encompasses Chopin, blues, ragtime, bebop and beyond, and she brings to her vocal delivery a four-octave range, and an extraordinary palette of tonal color & meticulous phrasing. New York Times