A Special Concert in Petaluma, CA for ME/CFS

Marian Call in concert in Petaluma, CA, Sat. Oct. 5th at 8pm. Click for tickets

I’m playing a concert this fall that means a great deal to me, and I hope you’ll join me up in glorious Petaluma, CA. This theater will be simply magical and it’s a truly worthy cause – it’s worth the drive north! (Facebook Event / Tickets)

I have friends and loved ones who have suffered from ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome). If you know someone who experiences chronic pain or fatigue too, I hope you will share the word about this event. If you’re far from Petaluma, you’re invited to DONATE to one of the respected research and advocacy organizations linked below.

The song “Anchorage” is a theme for this concert. If you’ve never read into the subtext of that song, it’s about experiencing fear and disease, reconciling with the body, and choosing mindfulness, awareness, and song in the face of pain.

ME/CFS afflicts nearly 2 million people in the United States; it can severely limit people’s abilities with chronic pain and exhaustion, yet funds for research are scarce and public awareness of the condition remains very low. As a part of this concert, brief talks will be given by speakers from three highly-regarded national ME/CFS organizations: Bateman Horne Center, Solve ME/CFS Initiative and Open Medicine Foundation.

Join me in Petaluma, or tell a friend in the Bay Area to be there. We’ll sing together through the night.

“Reel me in to the places we knew our own faces / over wine, over coffee and beer – / and anchor me, anchor me, anchor me, anchor me here.”

DONATE to the Solve ME/CFS Initiative: https://solvecfs.org/donate/

DONATE to the Open Medicine Foundation: https://www.omf.ngo/2019/10/02/marian-call/

DONATE to the Bateman Horne Center: http://batemanhornecenter.org/donate/

QUEENS performs a new choral work by Marian Call

The Juneau choral ensemble QUEENS performs Marian’s new choral work “Know-So” for the KTOO Red Carpet Concert Series.

Spenard Jazz Fest in Anchorage

Marian Call in Concert at the Church of Love in Anchorage - Sunday June 2nd at 7pm - Tickets at SpenardJazzFest.org. $20 advance, $25 door, free for SJF Festival Passholders

Marian Call is a featured performer at this year’s Spenard Jazz Fest in Anchorage, AK. Tickets available now for all of her performances, including a full band feature show on June 2nd at the Church of Love! Facebook events here to share with friends.

Mountainside Open Mic & Art Night

Hello friends – Marian here – I’m spending the whole winter in Juneau for the first time. It’s amazing to be in the place where I live for weeks on end! I’m writing and recording new music, doing some local theater, playing concerts online, and starting a new all ages Open Mic at the Rookery. I’d love to see you there!

Karaaaooooookeeeeee!

It takes a little love and harmony…

On April 21st, Marian presents a ridiculous live concert fundraiser event. It’s the ultimate request show: the Karaoke Jukebox Challenge. YOU choose the songs Marian sings, whether she knows them or not!  Update: the show is now finished and bids are closed, but you are still welcome to contribute to the spring fundraiser with a donation through ConcertWindow, Patreon, or Paypal.

Watch live online at https://www.concertwindow.com/mariancall on April 21st!

Fans have submitted 42 songs for your consideration, and Marian will sing the top 12-15 contenders. Bid on your favorites at https://paypal.me/mariancall by donating and mentioning the song title/s in the comments.

…………. Post-Show Update: these were the finalists for spring 2018!

  • “Crazy on You” by Heart
  • “Heroes” by David Bowie
  • “Come Sail Away” by Styx
  • “Summertime” by George Gershwin & DuBose Heyward
  • “Linger” by The Cranberries
  • “So Long, Marianne” by Leonard Cohen
  • “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
  • “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night
  • “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General” by Gilbert & Sullivan
  • “The Bard’s Song” by Blind Guardian
  • “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas
  • “That’s Not My Name” by the Ting Tings
  • “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley
  • “Red Dwarf Theme” by Howard Goodall
  • “The Ballad of Serenity” by Sonny Rhodes
  • “You Don’t Own Me” by Leslie Gore

How does this show work? Fans  proposed songs for the Karaoke Jukebox Challenge. Bid on any listed song by donating at https://paypal.me/mariancall (any number of times, in any increment, and you can divide a single payment among multiple songs). On April 21st at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT the concert will begin, and the songs will be performed in order of their popularity – which can change during the show!

To bid and boost a song up the list, just visit Paypal.me/MarianCall, choose an amount that works for you, and include the song title in the comment field.

If you don’t want to use Paypal, you can tip directly at ConcertWindow.com and we will get in touch in the chat or email to clarify which songs you are bidding on. Questions? Read the fine print below.

The Fine Print

  1. Submit songs you want to hear at this Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/418peLidzJtUHjPz2. Once songs are approved they will appear on the master list above. You can bid on songs here anytime with donations through Paypal or ConcertWindow.
  2. Songs must be submitted by midnight on APRIL 19TH. Submit multiple songs if you want! But that will spread the votes thin, so think about what would actually be fun to see Marian perform.
  3. You may bid on as many songs as you like as often as you like by sending a tip to Paypal.me/MarianCall and specifying the song title/s in the comments, or by tipping at ConcertWindow. Feel free to rally friends and other fans to your song’s cause, on social media or in the concert chat.
  4. Marian will perform a short acoustic set on Concertwindow while the last few bids come in, then she will perform from the karaoke song list for about an hour (or more, as long as she can). She will sing songs in the order of popularity **which may change throughout the show as people bid.** Songs will be crossed out on the list after they are performed.
  5. This is a special live event — the archived concert will only be available to Donors’ Circle members.
  6. It’s an all ages show so Marian may spontaneously bleep or rewrite or mess up words.
  7. Marian does not know a lot of these songs, so you will be getting a lot of made up and improvised melodies.
  8. We reserve the right to not approve any particular fan-submitted song, sorry.
  9. If you plan to watch the show on a mobile device/tablet, note that it will be hard to participate in the bidding or the ConcertWindow chat during the show. **Bid ahead of time** on your favorite song(s) here and follow the discussion on Twitter at #LoveandHarmony.

On the Song “Standing Stones”

The long-awaited studio album Standing Stones has arrived, thanks to massive fan support from Kickstarter.  Find it on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Youtube, and wherever you enjoy music.

I wrote “Standing Stones” about the human need to scratch our symbols on the world.

When I was in school, I covered all my textbooks in brown paper bags and duct tape so I’d have a blank canvas for scribbling. Song lyrics in every corner, notes in every direction, doodles dividing and transecting every word.

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Two New Songs

 Latest Originals and Cover Songs

Two-albumsFan favorites like “The Liberal Arts Degree Waltz,” “Space Weird Thing” with Molly Lewis, and “The Elements, Expanded” by Mike Selinker are now available on the collection Fun Singles in Your Area.

A bevy of new cover songs are loosed upon the world with Marian Call Sings the Classics, vol. II, including fan-requested covers of They Might Be Giants, the Muppets, Monty Python, Schoolhouse Rock, and Joni Mitchell, among many others.  An intimate jazz combo setting of “Pure Imagination” joined the cover song lineup in December 2017.

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SDCC 2016 Highlights

Highlights from San Diego Comic-Con

Marian shares:  Comic-Con was wild and wonderful again this year – and beyond all the hype, it’s still brimming with the energy of artists and creative minds all there to play.  This year I got to present my own variety show with all the things I like in it:  songs by Seth Boyer, comedy by Joseph Scrimshaw, staged radio drama by Josh A. Cagan & Kayla Cagan, unintentionally hilarious history by David Malki, tragic fiction and hilarious space harmony jingles with Nicole Dieker.  To top it all off we had an interview with two of my favorite Martians, Kim Maxwell and Scott Maxwell, who have sent a little robot to a faraway planet for adventures.

For me the cherry on top was appearing as a guest at w00tstock 8.0, a night of fun and cleverness and madness.  I love w00tstock because I never know whether I’ll wind up singing the Elements with Mike Selinker – or “Shake it Off” with Wil Wheaton – or sea shanties with Paul and Storm – or jazz standards accompanied on sousaphone by David Silverman.

But I’m up for anything. And Comic-Con always stretches what I mean when I say ‘anything.’

Space Time 2016!

S P A C E T I M E !

The incomparable variety show SPACE TIME! returns to San Diego this July.  Tickets available now!

Poster design by Len PeraltaSongwriter Marian Call hosts her 6th annual showcase of science and art in San Diego during SDCC. This year’s guests include:

Come ready to sing and learn and laugh with friends old and new.

$12 online tickets are available until 5PM PST on the evening of the event. If the show has not reached full capacity, the remaining tickets will be available at the door for $15.  Seating for food and drinks begins at 6:30pm ($10 minimum per person).  Learn more about the venue at http://98bottlessd.com/.

No SDCC pass is required, and locals encouraged to attend!  The event is in Little Italy, away from most traffic and parking woes associated with the con.  Easy public transit available via light rail (use the Middletown or Little Italy stops) and by bus (take the 83, 280, or 290).

Get tickets in advance, in the past this show has sold out!

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