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Blame Sally live at Castoro Cellars

If you sense a slight incon­gruity in the title of Blame Sally’s Speed­ing Tick­et and a Valen­tine, rest assured that it’s as pur­pose­ful as the life it describes is ran­dom. The album lifts its name from a line in the bridge of the hard- charg­ing lead­off sin­gle, ​“Liv­ing With­out You,” which describes a day, or maybe entire existence,that’s ​“sweet and sour at the same
time/​mink and a porcupine/​speeding tick­et and a valen­tine.” Clear­ly, this is a band that knows its oxymorons.

The four women who make up the Bay area- based group have some expe­ri­ence with improb­a­ble com­plex­i­ties and con­tra­dic­tions. Almost every­thing about their his­to­ry is con­trary to con­ven­tion­al wis­dom. For one thing, they put their indi­vid­ual careers aside to start Blame Sal­ly when they were in their late 30s and 40s — the age at which bands are tra­di­tion­al­ly sup­posed to break up and begin solo careers. For anoth­er, this is obvi­ous­ly an all-woman band — ​“girl groups”
usu­al­ly being the nov­el province of youth­ful upstarts, not mature singer/​songwriters. Split­ting the front­per­son sta­tus among each of the four mem­bers goes against the agreed-upon max­im (agreed upon by every­one but the Bea­t­les, any­way) that every group needs a sin­gle strong focal point. And didn’t they get the memo that women, in par­tic­u­lar women in show biz, are sup­posed to be pack­ing it in at this point, not mak­ing fresh introductions?

Actu­al­ly, they did get that memo and prompt­ly tossed it into the prover­bial cir­cu­lar file. ​“We’ve real­ized that some of the things that might have been con­sid­ered lia­bil­i­ties were actu­al­ly assets,” says vocalist/​pianist Mon­i­ca Pasqual, ​“and that in truth, the very thing you might be think­ing you should hide or isn’t going to help you is some­thing that peo­ple are excit­ed

Outdoor show. Doors open at 6:00pm, show starts promptly at 7:00pm. Food will be available for purchase.

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