Madison Concert Ticket Giveaway: Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco

Tickets to sold out concerts aren’t easy to come by, but we’re giving our blog readers not one, but two opportunities to do just that this week.  Enter to win tickets to see rising country star Brantley Gilbert here, and indie folk veteran Ani DiFranco after the jump!

And don’t forget—we’re holding our much-anticipated Golden Ticket giveaway over on our Facebook Page tomorrow (Friday, September 23).  One lucky music fan will win a pair of tickets to EVERY club show (held at the High Noon Saloon or The Frequency) this fall through November. That’s nearly thirty concerts!  Be sure to “like” our page to find out all the details and enter to win this phenomenal prize!


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Jam Productions and True Endeavors present


Barrymore Theatre – 8pm – $39.50 ADV and DOS – Seated Show – All Ages

($1.00 per ticket to benefit local non-profit)




Ani DiFranco has written hundreds of songs, played thousands of shows, captured the imaginations of legions of followers, and jammed with folkies, orchestras, rappers, rock and roll hall-of-famers, jazz musicians, poets, pop superstars, storytellers and a martial arts legend. She’s “fixed up a few old buildings” and minimized her carbon footprint before it was trendy – from installing a geothermal heating and cooling system in the renovated church that her label calls home to using organic inks on all the t-shirts she sells. But nothing she’s done in her 18-year career has garnered more attention than a business decision.

Since Ani bucked the major label system in the early-‘90s, opting to release her music on her own terms, the self-described Little Folksinger has been the subject of all kinds of hyperbole. She’s been called “fiercely independent” (Rolling Stone), “inspirational” (All Music Guide), “the ultimate do-it-yourself songwriter” (The New York Times), etc. As the cracks in the music industry get larger and more big-name artists follow Ani’s lead – Radiohead, Madonna and Nine Inch Nails among them – maybe people will just start calling her “smart.”

As important as Righteous Babe Records is to the singer/songwriter/guitarist, she’s more than happy to trust like-minded people with the business and revel in the complete artistic freedom it provides. On her new album, Red Letter Year, she takes more advantage of this freedom than ever before. Conceived, sculpted and refined over the course of two years – a lifetime compared to a typical Ani recording session – the album is an impeccably crafted, multi-layered sonic achievement.

And while the extra time is a big reason for Red Letter Year’s captivating musical depths, the people in Ani’s life play an even bigger part – her partner and co-producer Mike Napolitano (Joseph Arthur, The Twilight Singers, Squirrel Nut Zippers) and her one-year-old daughter Petah Lucia (gurgling, infectious laughter, wide-eyed innocence). Love, family and home are three of the album’s most prominent muses, resulting in a dozen songs that exude warmth and renewed vigor.

For several years to come, musicians will be making headlines as they jump the major label ship and take charge of their own destinies. Having been there and done that, Ani DiFranco will be more than happy to just sit back and make art.


WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS: With Ani’s independent label Righteous Babe Records in mind, we want you to tell us about the most righteous babe you know.  Tell us about what makes her special in the comments section below, and you might just win a pair of tickets to Ani’s show!

Please have your comments posted by tonight (Thursday, September 22) at 8:00pm.  A winner will be chosen and notified shortly thereafter. 


Related Content:  Free MP3 Downloads From Ani DiFranco

8 Responses

  1. My grandmother is the most righteous babe I know. After losing one arm, one leg, and one eye, she still lights up a room with her jokes and horse laugh. Nearly 80 years old, she still lives alone with a cat, drives her lady friends to bridge tournaments, and enjoys a good scotch. I hope when I’m her age I have half the strength she does to live life to the fullest.

  2. My mother, she raised 8 kids ( 7boys =1girl ) pretty much on her own. I have great strengths derived from life lessons she taught me. Second on my list…My daughter. She has so unselfishly given of herself to care for her disabled mother. She has become the best social worker ( with out a degree) that I have every met.

  3. The most righteous babe I know is a stranger. I met her in Washington state when I was homeless and fleeing an abusive relationship. She saw me, crying and carrying my suitcases on the ferry as I tried to get to a shelter in Seattle, and asked me my story. When I told her, she offered me her daughter’s bedroom (who was my age, and away at college), and I stayed with her until I could get a flight back to the Midwest. I only know her first name, but I am forever changed by her kindness. All the work I do in the world is to pay forward my gratitude for this righteous stranger.

  4. The most Righteous Babe I know is my mother. She raised 3 children while teachine lamaze and working full time as an RN. At the age of 40 she came out as a lesbian to the world, divorced my father, and went back to school to become a midwife. She taught me that ‘I can’t’ is never the answer, that anything can be accomplished if you try, and that stating your feelings and opinion is never a bad thing. She helped me raise a child at 18, graduate from college, and give my son more than i could have dreamed. She is my Hero.

  5. After reading the above entries, I’d love to meet all of those righteous women. The Righteous Babe I know is my daughter Kerry. I was fortunate enough to work along side of her in Cameroon for 3 months, where we started a women’s fitness club and taught kick boxing. After class we would discuss the many problems women face in Africa and try to problem solve. Preventing HIV/Aids was a huge issue. One woman’s ingenious idea was to place the colorful condoms we gave as door prizes in her husband’s packed lunch. She hoped if he strayed while away from home, he at least would protect himself and thus protect her and her children! A woman’s creativity can be a lifesaver.

  6. These stories are so moving and inspirational. Thanks to you all for sharing them.

    The tickets for this one will go to Sara.

  7. I love to hear Ani DiFranco every time she performs on live concert. This concert was one of the amazing concerts that I ever attend. The most amazing part of this concert starts when she starts playing guitar.

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