June 17, 2004

Randi Driscoll In San Diego This Weekend

Randi DriscollRandi Driscoll will be in San Diego this weekend. Today, June 17, from 1-3 p.m. she will be on Joan Rubin's "Locals Live" radio show on KKSM-AM 1320. Randi will perform some of her songs in the studio and also will share music from her favorite CDs. KKSM is at Palomar College in San Marcos. If you can't get the station on your radio, you can listen to it at their web site, Palomar.edu/kksm/index.html, which is what I'll be doing this afternoon.

Tomorrow night, Friday, June 18, Randi will join her friend Tim Flannery to play some music at Redfield's after the Padres-Blue Jays game at nearby Petco Park! Redfield's is located in the Manchester Grand Hyatt next to Seaport Village.

Sunday, June 20, Randi will play an 8 p.m. all-ages show at the alcohol-free Dizzy's, which is right across the street from Petco Park's west side at 344 7th Avenue (between J & K). There will be a $10 cover charge.

I met Randi at the very first Naked Songwriters Showcase back in January of 2002, where I shot the accompanying photo of her. I saw her again on March 23, when she performed at the Women's History Month Celebration that I went to at Danielle LoPresti's invitation. (That's where I met Bridget Brigitte, by the way, who organized the great Bridget's Music Monday I wrote about recently, and who stars in the Crasher column in today's Reader!)

RANDI DRISCOLL: What MattersRandi is an independent singer, songwriter and activist best known for her song "What Matters," which is also the name of her current CD (right). She performs year round at colleges, clubs, festivals and benefit related concerts. I can't claim to truly know Randi, because we haven't had much conversation yet, so all I really know about her now is what I've read. Rather than paraphrasing that for you, I'm just going to quote from Randi's biography at RandiDriscoll.com:

Randi Driscoll's piano driven acoustic music is as hauntingly modern as it is classic. Randi was named Campus Activities Magazine's "Female Performer of the year 2004" and "Best Small Venue Performer 2004." Her performance credits include opening slots for Bob Weir's Ratdog, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Dar Williams, Jonatha Brooke, Pat Benatar, Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne. Randi has performed at Lincoln Center in the "Bang on a Can Festival," the 2001 HRC dinner in Washington, D.C., with keynote speaker Hillary Clinton, and the New York City Hall Pride Awards honoring Whoopi Goldberg and Olympia Dukakis. Randi's music has been featured in documentaries, commercials and the WB TV series "Dawson's Creek."

In 1998, Randi wrote and recorded the benefit single "What Matters," in response to the death of Matthew Shepard, a young man killed in a brutal hate crime. The song was written to honor his life, his family and the unconditional love they represent. "What Matters" is endorsed by Matthew's parents, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, GLAAD, GLSEN, and several other organizations. To date, the benefit single has raised over $35,000 for the Matthew Shepard Foundation, started by Matthew's parents after their son's death. The Foundation's goal is to replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance.

The song has been featured in the documentaries "Youth Outloud!" and "Out in the Cold," as well as a commercial directed by Spike Lee that aired during the 1999 Academy Awards. "What Matters" was also featured in the NBC film "The Matthew Shepard Story," starring Sam Waterston and Stockard Channing. The choral version of "What Matters" was performed at New York's Carnegie Hall in December of 2003 by the GMCNY. Randi recorded a similar version of the piece with the GMCLA at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles for release on an upcoming CD.

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