Kristina Olsen to Perform at IWU's Blue Moon Coffeehouse
April 17, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan University's Blue Moon Coffeehouse will welcome
back singer/songwriter Kristina Olsen to the Main Lounge of the Memorial Center (104
University St., Bloomington) for a performance on Saturday, May 13.
Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. The event is free
and open to the public.
"Kristina Olsen not only reduces grown men to quivering wrecks with her songs, she
also knits socks between sets... That's talent for you," said Caz Graham, BBC Radio
presenter. Olsen, a current Los Angeles resident, rarely sees her Venice Beach home
because she spends 11 months out of the year touring all over the United States, Europe,
New Zealand and Australia with her jazz-inspired sounds, bittersweet blues and storytelling
Born and raised in the San Francisco area during the 1960's, Olsen's approach to music
and life was formed by an environment of vital cultural expression, social activism
and diverse musical influences. To date, Olsen has recorded eight CD's with various
collaborators, including frequent performing partner, cellist Peter Grayling. Olsen
won the Kerrville Songwriting award with her song for battered women "I'm Keeping
This Life of Mine," and her song "Dangerous" is featured on the Fairport Convention
1997 release "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?"
Contact: Kay Mitchell, (309) 556-3181