Celebrity Bios (word version)

MARIA MULDAUR - In 2018, Maria Muldaur released her 41st album "DON'T YOU FEEL MY LEG ~ The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker", an album that has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Traditional Blues category. Recorded in New Orleans with an amazing cast of A-List NOLA musicians last June, this album finds Maria at her finest, and is true to the spirit and soul of New Orleans and Barker's funny, coy, and risqué material. Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit Midnight at the Oasis, which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 50-plus year career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. During the folk revival of the early '60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the '60s. In the 45 years Midnight at the Oasis, Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 41 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums). She has now settled comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues. Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammies and other awards. Her critically acclaimed 2001 Stony Plain Records release, Richland Woman Blues, was nominated for a Grammy and by the Blues Foundation as Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year, as was the follow up to that album, Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul. Her timely 2008 album, Yes We Can!, featured her “Women’s Voices for Peace Choir,” which includes: Bonnie Raitt, Joan, Baez, Jane Fonda, Odetta, Phoebe Snow, Holly Near and others. In 2009 Maria teamed up with John Sebastian, David Grisman, and Dan Hicks. Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy garnered Maria her 6th Grammy nomination, and was also nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year by The Blues Foundation. In 2011 Maria released Steady Love, a contemporary electric Blues album that reflects the kind of music she loves to perform live - what she calls “Bluesiana Music” - her own brand of New Orleans-flavored Blues, R&B and “Swamp Funk.” Steady Love reached #1 on the Living Blues Chart, and garnered her another nomination for Best Traditional Female Blues Artist from the Blues Foundation.  In 2012, for her 40th album, Maria produced the critically acclaimed ….First Came Memphis Minnie, a loving tribute to the pioneering Blues woman who inspired and influenced so many female Blues artists who followed in her footsteps, many of whom joined Maria on this special project: Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Ruthie Foster, Koko Taylor and Rory Block accompanied by the amazing guitar work of Del Rey, David Bromberg, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Roy Rogers, and others. IIn 2013, taking a brief hiatus from her yearly recording schedule, Maria focused on 3 special collaborations, performing worldwide with the 50th Anniversary Kweskin Jug Band Reunion concerts, teaming up with the Campbell Brothers, world-renowned Sacred Steel Gospel artists, for a very special presentation entitled, Spirit & The Blues, and touring as Special Guest Artist with Bill Wyman and The Rhythm Kings. 2014 marked 40 years since Maria’s big hit Midnight at the Oasis was riding at the top of the charts. To celebrate this landmark, Maria has created a multi-media retrospective Way Past Midnight , which chronicles her 50 year journey “to the Oasis and Beyond”. This special presentation features all her hits and fan favorites from every stage of her career, as well as fascinating, entertaining, (often humorous!) stories of her personal encounters, friendships, and collaborations with many of the greatest names in music. Maria continues to tour regularly world wide, and is available for festivals, concerts, club dates, workshops and residencies.

DIANE AMOS is a San Francisco-based actress, improv. artist, and comedian who is known as The Pine Sol Lady for having starred in their national commercials for over 20 years. She has appeared in numerous films including Nine Months, Copycat, Angels in the Outfield, EDTV, Twisted, and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Diane was a semi-finalist in Star Search, has been on A&E's Evening at The Improv, Lifetime's Girls' Night Out, and Comedy Central's Women Aloud. She has also been a winner on the game shows: Wheel of Fortune, $25,000 Pyramid, and Super Password. She was raised in San Francisco by two lesbian mothers and attended Washington High School in the Richmond District, where took an improvisational comedy class...and the rest is history. 

JOSH KORNBLUTH, who writes and hosts the Citizen Brain series, has been performing his autobiographical monologues for theater audiences all over the USA(and occasionally in other countries as well) for years. His show Red Diaper Baby ran Off-Broadway, was selected for the Best American Plays collection, was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, and was made into a performance film for the Sundance Channel. His monologue The Mathematics of Change was also made into a performance film. His shows Haiku Tunnel and Love & Taxes have both been adapted into feature films by Josh and his brother Jacob: Haiku debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and was distributed nationally by Sony Pictures Classics; Love & Taxes was distributed nationally by Abramorama and received a 100 percent “Fresh” rating from Rotten Tomatoes. In 2002 he collaborated with Michael Gene Sullivan and the SF Mime Troupe Collective in writing their summer show, Mr. Smith Goes to Obscuristan. For two years Josh hosted an interview program on public TV station KQED, cleverly titled The Josh Kornbluth Show. He was also artist-in-residence at the Zen Hospice Project in SF. Josh’s shows have been collected into a book, Red Diaper Baby: Three Comic Monologues, as well as two audiobooks from Audible.com: Red Diaper Baby: Three Comic Monologues and Ben Franklin: Unplugged … and Other Comic Monologues. Since January 2017 he has been an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute, where he produces the Citizen Brain series of online videos; he also served a stint as Hellman Visiting Artist at UCSF's Memory and Aging Center. He lives in Berkeley, CA, with his wife, Sara, a public schoolteacher, and their son, Guthrie, a budding filmmaker.

WILL DURST is acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in America, The NY Times called Will Durst, "quite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today." He writes both a weekly nationally syndicated humor column and another biweekly column for the SF Chronicle, is a frequent contributor on CNN, MSNBC & Fox News and has written 5 books, told jokes in 16 countries, released 6 CDs, racked up 800+ TV appearances, been fired by PBS three times, the SF Examiner twice and despite universal reproach, continues to squeeze ketchup onto his bratwurst.

RICHARD MONTOYA is the principal writer for CULTURE CLASH: Born in the Mission District in San Francisco at Galeria De La Raza under the direction of curator Rene Yanez in 1984 with Herbert Siguenza, Ric Salinas, Jose Antonio Burciaga, Monica Palacios and the great Marga Gomez. From those early halcyon days of the mid '8O's surviving Reagan/Bush and Central American civil wars, while along the long strange trip sharpening a political point of view owing much to the social justice movements of Dolores Huerta & Cesar Chavez as well as their artistic comrades and elders Los Maestros y Maestras:Joan Holden, Luis Valdez, Sharon Lockwood, Malaquias Montoya, El Gavilan, The Chilean Sherpas of the Berkeley Hills, Tony Taccone, Lou Dematteis, Brian Freeman, Rhodessa Jones, Joan Osato, Sean San Jose, Luis Saguar and the Campo Crew, Donald Lacy, Barbie Stein y Los Jack's! Wicker & Davis to name but a few precious and dedicated souls. CULTURE CLASH returns to the Bay Area in Spring 2020 to the boards of Berkeley Rep with Culture Clash Still in America. Montoya wrote a new play for Campo Santo and his third feature film just played the SFLFF. Montoya is thrilled to rep the CC crew to bow down and pay upmost respects the Queen of the Mission Dolores Park hill: THE SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE!!! With love & respect da Boys! 

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