This performance by «Coyote Joe» Stevens is kicking-off the first of many programs in October for LGBT Akron Arts Fest in collaboration with Akron Soul Train! This event is free and open to all.
California-born singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Stevens is a third-generation professional musician in a long line of restless westward moving souls. He caught the songwriting bug at 15 and has been at it ever since. After starting out as a self-taught guitar player and songwriter, he received a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, and has been traveling with his music across the US and abroad.
Joe's music rides the edge of the first wave of transgender performers to break through into the public consciousness. The social media explosion combined with shifting public opinion created the conditions that enabled trans and queer artists, a highly marginalized and isolated subculture, to connect and gain visibility. There is now a thriving community of trans and queer musicians, with new comers and folks who have been playing music all along, that is visible and growing in every corner of the world.
“Coyote Grace plays with the heart of traditional country and Americana music, but tells their stories with a bold twist. They write heart-wrenching melodies and make such textured harmonies that I find myself enraptured and taken by their timelessness of song.”
— Amy Ray (Indigo Girls)
LGBT Akron Arts Fest is generously supported by the Gay Community Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, Job Esau Perry, Attorney at Law, and State and Federal Communications, Inc.