Wine, Women and Song: From Broadway to the Blues

Wine, Women and Song: From Broadway to the Blues

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, USA

Wine, Women and Song

From Broadway to the Blues

When: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Where: Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
Time: 7:00pm VIP reception, 8:00pm Show (2 sets)
Cost: $25 (proceeds support RCW's youth arts programming)


Wine, Women & Song celebrates Rhythmix Cultural Works' 7th Anniversary with a stellar line-up featuring some of the Bay Area's finest female artistry. The evening will include tasty temptations and luscious libations with a mix of blues, jazz, accordion, belly dance, taiko, cello, kora, marimba, environmental art and more sensational delights. Local vintners, and a silent auction with exceptional prizes await. Proceeds from Wine, Women and Song will support RCW’s youth arts programming in Alameda and beyond. 

Rhythmix will also be presenting its first annual Golden Gear Awards to three East Bay artists in recognition of their outstanding contributions in three categories: visual arts, performing arts and arts education. And the winners are...Visit the Golden Gear Awards page to see who won!

Featured artists include:
Terrie Odabi -

  • Winner, Golden Gate Blues Society's International Blues Challenge
  • Semi-Finalist, Memphis, Tennessee's International Blues Challenge

Terrie performs original blues straight from the soul with compelling arrangements and a contemporary sound. Her soulful voice reveals pride in her urban roots and mass appeal to a wide audience signifying the Evolution of the Blues. 

 "Terrie Odabi is easily the most dynamic blues and soul woman to have emerged in the Bay Area since Etta James came out of San Francisco’s Fillmore District in the Fifties. Terrie has a powerful set of pipes, writes terrific tunes, leads a kicking band, and has onstage movements that perfectly match the rhythms of her material. Surely stardom awaits her."

–Lee Hildebrand, contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, East Bay Express, and Living Blues

Jet Black Pearl – charmingly insane ACCORDION BABE and hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.












JetBlack Pearl has shimmied her way across Europe since childhood –from Amsterdam, Prague, Italy, Paris, and across the pond to Canada, Mexico and San Francisco. She brims with sass, skill, and memorable onstage antics along with surprising cover tunes hidden deep within her accordion. Overheard audience comments include: “Hilarious… engaging… dramatic…energetic.”
We find her witty, touching, and thoroughly original.

Tracy Blackman -Award-winning singer and  songwriter








Tracy has performed with many of the Bay Area's finest artists including Larry Batiste, the late Clarence Clemmons, Danny Click, Jimmy Dillon, Tim Eschlimann, Bonnie Hayes, Dan Hicks, Mark Karan, Vicki Randle, Mike Rinta, Narada Michael Walden, Bob Weir and D’Cuckoo. 

Velina Brown - Singer/Songwriter + lead actor of SF Mime Troupe

 Velina Brown is an actor/singer/songwriter based in San Francisco. She has performed in Europe, Asia, across the United States. The EP of her recent songs, "Then Came You," will be available for digital purchase soon on

Kathy Moehring – Broadway jazz











Kathy studied theater in her hometown of New York City and performed on many stages off Broadway to off-off-off Broadway. A Rhythmix veteran, Kathy was often heard at the jazz club Kelly’s on Park, and continues to sing at many community events and entertained audiences at numerous venues in the Bay Area, including: The Empire Plush Room, Forli’s, Club Paradiso, The Woodminster Theatre, Theatre Rhinoceros, American Cancer Society at Golden Gate Park and more.

Rachel Rolleri – American Idol: Road to Hollywood winner





Rachel is a 17-year-old, self-taught musician and singer-songwriter who has been singing since she was a little girl. Since her first solo public performance in 2008 at the age of twelve, she has pursued her passion for music with songwriting and various performances. Rachel was a featured finalist on American Idol's Season 13, Road to Hollywood.

Unity Nguyen plays traditional and fusion music of Viet Nam and West Africa.

From her roots as a war refugee from Viet Nam, she has traveled many continents to practice music, healing and ecology. Unity specializes in the kora (21-string African harp-lute) and dan tranh (17-string Vietnamese zither). She also practices acupuncture and functional medicine in San Francisco, and holds an MD in Western Medicine.

Rhythmix Ensemble: World fusion

The Rhythmix Ensemble combines traditional taiko rhythms and form with non-traditional instrumentation, and cross-cultural grooves. The members of the Rhythmix Ensemble include Janet Koike, Kathryn Cabunoc, Tina Blaine (bean) and Jeannie Mckenzie.

EBB & Flow: Belly dance

EBB (East Bay Bellydance) & Flow is an east bay collective of American Tribal Style® belly dance teachers and students at Rhythmix Cultural Works.  The improvisational group dance form originated in the bay area and continues to inspire dancers across the globe.  The dance "language" is communicated by cues for each movement. Join us for classes on Wednesday nights, starting in Aug!

Bean Counters Marimba Ensemble

The BeanCounters play upbeat polyrhythmic Shona marimba music from Zimbabwe on handmade chromatic and diatonic instruments. The community ensemble includes: Nanou & Laura Ballou, Kathryn Saenz-Duke, Naomi Lucks, Jo Camacho and the bean.

Ginny Parsons - Intuitive Painter

Ginny Parsons is an intuitive painter working with acrylics, bacon grease and other household materials. Her recent work focuses on Lincoln Park and the Alameda shoreline. Painting on canvas, chalkboards or whatever is left on her porch, Parsons collaborates with gravity through her drips and pours. Her work has been exhibited at the Gray Loft Gallery, Sun Gallery and a recent "Unexpected Landscapes" show at Rhythmix Cultural Works.

Deborah Sullivan - Sculptor

Deborah Sullivan is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area where she has been working in clay for the last 20 years. Her large outdoor clay sculptures are modern totem poles that play with balance. Deborah believes balance to be the ongoing concern of most women.

Wine Women & Song Houseband includes:

Michaelle Goerlitz - Percussionist

Known for her versatility, Michaelle was a founding member of Wild Mango. She has  played, recorded and toured with a variety of artists including the VNote Ensemble, Mark Levine, Soul Sauce, the Pickpocket Ensemble, rhiannon,Wayne Wallace, Val Pettiford,  Jami Sieber, Barbara Higbie, Samba Rio and Tammy Hall.  In 2007, she was named a rising star under the percussion category in Downbeat magazine.

Eric Swinderman - Guitar

Eric Swinderman is committed to creating lasting memories through composition, improvisation and education. A master guitar player, he moves easily between Jazz, Blues, and Spiritual music. His arrangements engage audiences and transport them to a world of unbridled joy, poignant pleasure, and unforgettable moments of creative magic.

Ruth Davies - Bass

Ruth has performed with such jazz and blues greats as Keb' Mo', Charles Brown, Clark Terry, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Jay McShann, Van Morrison, Maria Muldaur, Junior Mance, Barbara Morrison, Etta Jones, Terry Gibbs, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Little Jimmy Scott. Her discography (including several Platinum and Grammy-winning CDs) covers various jazz and blues styles as well as movie soundtracks. Ruth has been on the faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop for twelve years and presented music programs to over one thousand school groups through The San Francisco Symphony’s "Adventures in Music" program and the "Just Say Jazz" project. That's a serious commitment to music education!

Donna Viscuso – Flute, Saxophone, Harmonica

Donna is an experienced performer, composer and educator who has been part of the Bay Area music scene for over 20 years. Playing flute, saxophone and harmonica, Donna has performed, recorded and toured with many groups including The VNote Ensemble (formerly The Snake Trio); Jackeline Rago and The Venezuelan Music Project; Altazor; Wild Mango;; Chelle and Friends; Violist Mimi Dye; Brazilian singer Adriana Moreno, Storyteller Diane Ferlatte: Columbian singer Claudia Gomez  and Chilean singer/songwriter Lichi Fuentes.

Mariah Carle - Photographer

Mariah’s award winning photography has been published by the New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Cupido, Seattle Stranger, & Mariah Carle is a full time photographer & artist who lives and works in the Jingletown Arts District of Oakland, California. She works out of a unique loft that reflects the constant flow of creativity that is needed to inspire each client individually. In addition to in house studio sessions she also shoots on location to provide you with spontaneous and diverse images. Mariah Carle also works with art installations, writes, teaches, and regularly attends and facilitates community outreach events.

+ more!

BIG Thanks to our
Silent Auction Donors


BIG Thanks to our Sponsors:

Arts Angels

  • Perforce Foundation
  • Little House Cafe


  • OMM Homes


  • Bank of the Orient
  • First Community Bank
  • Tracy Zollinger, L.Ac.,
  • Property Investment Services
  • Trans Pacific National Bank

Friends of RCW and In-kind Donors:

  • Bay Ship & Yacht
  • Alameda Sun
  • Alameda Magazine
  • Oakland Magazine
  • Chicha Bistro
  • Eyewise Optometry
  • Greens & Grains
  • Greer Family Mortuary & Cremation Services
  • Irish Monkey Cellars
  • Island Print Express
  • MegaWines from Pasta Pelican
  • R & B Cellars
  • Rain Defense
  • Rock Wall Wines
  • Yankwich & Associates
  • East Bay Express


Interested in becoming a sponsor and showing your support for our community’s future?

You will help advance opportunities for multicultural arts education, exhibits, performances and hands-on arts activities that improve the quality of life for Alameda and East Bay residents of all ages. Sponsors can take advantage of a range of benefits specifically designed to promote your company or organization.

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*These programs are provided at no cost to participants and are undertaken in partnership with the Alameda Unified School District, the Alameda Boys and Girls Club and Girls Inc. of the Island City.

RCW's Tax ID is: 94-3340251.