GALLERY: Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco brought her eclectic alt-rock/folk/funk/jazz through the Belly Up on Oct. 2. Singer/songwriter Chastity Brown opened the show.

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Ani DiFranco headlined the Belly Up on Oct. 2.
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The scenic Solana Beach venue was packed to the gills for the iconic singer/songwriter’s show.
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Singer/songwriter Chastity Brown opened the show.
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DiFranco is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet, and businesswoman.
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She has released more than 20 albums since 1989, and is widely considered a feminist icon.
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Much of her music is considered folk rock or alt-rock, but it also incorporates jazz, funk, hip-hop and punk.
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DiFranco was one of the first independent musicians to create her own record label (Righteous Babe) – at the age of 18 to boot.
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She began playing guitar at a very young age, and started busking at the age of 9.
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At 14, she started writing her own songs and performing at coffee houses. At 16, she graduated from the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts high school.
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Her self-titled debut album was issues on her own label in 1990, shortly after she moved to NYC.
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Since then, she’s released 17 more studio albums, and has one on the way in 2017, “Binary.”
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She won a Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Recording Package for her album “Evolve.”
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DiFranco’s career really took off in the ‘90s, with cover stories in Spin, Ms. And Magnet magazines (among others), as well as appearances on MTV and VH1.
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Her music has appeared in countless films and TV shows, including “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “King of the Hill.”
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Her musical style is often characterized by her signature staccato style, rapid fingerpicking and many alternate tunings. She also delivers many of her lyrics in a speaking style notable for its rhythmic variation.
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Fun fact: She recorded two songs with Prince in 1999, “Providence” (which is on her “To the Teeth” album) and “I Love U, But I Don’t Trust U Anymore” on Prince’s “Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic.”
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Throughout her career, she’s lent her voice and her name to a broad range of social movements, performing benefit concerts, appearing on benefit albums, and speaking at rallies.
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On Oct. 2, she performed an 18-song set which featured the following songs: “Not a Pretty Girl,” “Fuel,” “Half-Assed,” “Dithering” …
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“Allergic to Water,” “As Is,” “Gravel,” “Good Luck,” “Present/Infant,” “Swan Dive,” “Rain Check,” “Genie,” “If Yr Not” …
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“Woe Be Gone,” “Both Hands,” “32 Flavors,” as well as two new songs with Chastity Brown.
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Chastity Brown hails from Union City, Tennessee and has been playing music live since 2006.
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She released her debut album, “Do the Best You Can,” in 2007 and its follow-up, “Sankofa,” in 2009.
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Critics have dubbed her “a banjo-playing soul-singer” and “a rocking, rolling encyclopedia of roots music.”
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She released her latest album, “Back-Road Highways,” in 2012.
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