Chris Pureka at Club Passim, Cambridge

10 02 2009

Chris Pureka is coming to Cambridge!  If you don’t know who Chris Pureka is, you should.  This multitalented folk musician will be performing Monday, March 30, 2009 at Club Passim, located at 47 Palmer St. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  But if you can’t make this one, no worries.  She will also be performing in our area on the following dates:

  • Smith College in Northampton, MA on Friday, Feb. 13th at 7:00 PM
  • Me and Thee Coffeehouse in Marblehead, MA on Friday, Feb. 20th at 7:00 PM
  • Wheaton College in Norton, MA on Sunday, March 29th, at 9:00 PM

Chris Pureka has released two albums, “Driving North” and “Dryland.”  She also released an EP in January entitled “Chimera,” which is a reworked version of her 2001 EP with a few live tracks and a cover of Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor’s song Wagon Wheel added.  A graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, her music has been praised by respected publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Billboard, and feminist publications such as Off Our Backs.  Her music is beautiful and honest and her guitar work impeccable.  

Pureka identifies as genderqueer, dresses androgenously, and is an ardent feminist.  But her music does not deal directly with LGBT or feminist issues.  Her songs instead focus on emotional relationships between people.  But even though her lyrics may seem apolitical, Pureka is a very political figure.  The non-specificity of the descriptions of interpersonal relationships in her music emphasizes the emotions and dynamics involved in any relationship, regardless of sexual orientation.

In an interview with Off Our Backs, Pureka said:

“I don’t know how any self-respecting woman could not consider herself a feminist. Yes, I believe in equal rights and opportunities for all genders, sexes, races, sexualities.. .Even though my art is not inherently political, I think that what I do is political in nature-being a gender-queer woman making music in what is still a male/straight dominated industry.”

Pureka is managed by Faux Pas Productions, a woman-run company in the middle of a male-dominated industry.  The company takes a grassroots approach and works with many independent artists.

For more information about Chris Pureka, visit her website at



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