“Wachira calls for a renewed responsibility to be kind, respect others and show love before hate.”
– Anna Polovick, Black Grooves – Archives of African American Music + Culture
(Hillsboro, Oregon) – Beloved Northwest singer and songwriter Naomi Wachira returns to the Walters Cultural Arts Center at 527 East Main Street in Hillsboro for the first performance in the 2017-2018 Concert Series — on Friday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. Her one-of-a-kind songwriting and storytelling bridges continents and cultures with grace and positivity. Hailing from Kenya and Seattle, Wachira is an international artist of “formidable talent and heart” (NW Music Scene) on a mission to connect audiences through the power of music. Her last visit to Hillsboro was in 2015. General admission tickets for this performance are on sale now: $15 advance and $20 day of show. Purchases can be made via phone or in person at the Walters box office 503-615-3485 or online at www.naomiwachira2017.brownpapertickets.com. Doors open one hour before show-time and wine, beer, snacks and concessions are provided by Longbottom Coffee and Tea.
Wachira describes her solo acoustic show as, “An intimate and personal journey through storytelling and music born out of my own experiences of life to this point.” Her new album, and 3rd release – “Song of Lament,” was recorded at Seattle’s historic London Bridge studio. It is a collection of songs testament to Wachira’s full embrace of her creative power and its ability to spread goodness to a world churning with chaos and self-inflicted woes born out of fear and mistrust of the “other.” It is a stark and heartfelt reflection on the contemporary world and the human experience. Throughout the eleven-track collection, Wachira poignantly articulates the pain and chaos of modern times, while also lifting up her enduring and hopeful belief in the fundamental goodness of humanity. Like the two predecessors she has long admired, Tracy Chapman and Miriam Makeba, she hopes that she can contribute to making the world a better place.
Asked about what she hopes to accomplish with this album she says, “If there’s one thing I learned from my parents, it is to try and leave a place better than I found it. My hope is that this album will do just that. I know we are certainly living in dark times, but I hope that we will all find the courage to be light in whatever way we’ve been gifted… that we will seek to understand those who are different from us and find ways to both acknowledge and celebrate our differences and similarities.” More information can be found on the artist website: www.naomiwachira.com
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The Walters is a ground-breaking home for creativity and culture providing expanded opportunities for the entire metro area community, including increased access to exceptional performing and fine arts experiences. The Concert Series highlights a diverse range of artists in its theatre – recognized for its architectural beauty and excellent acoustics. This year’s line-up includes Modern Americana, Soul, R&B, Opera, Singer + Songwriter, Brazilian Choro, Bi-Lingual Theatre, Educational Jazz, Norteño, Classical, Bluegrass, Celtic, Country, and Indie Folk genres along with emerging – and legendary performers. For a full concert line-up visit the website: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/WaltersConcerts
The Walters is located just two blocks off the MAX Blue line in historic downtown Hillsboro. Many thanks go to Walters Concert series Sponsor, The Orenco Hotel and First Tuesday sponsor, Decadent Creations Bakery — whose generosity and support have made it possible to enhance the Arts Center’s offerings and services.
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The Walters Cultural Arts Center is a premier west side visual arts and performance facility. Part of the City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation department, the Walters is home to a 200 seat state-of-the-art performance and event space, art galleries and studio space dedicated to workshops and classes representing a wide variety of art forms. Each season the Walters’ eclectic concert series grows, featuring local, national and international artists. The Walters also hosts free events including First Tuesday Gallery Openings, Open Mic Poetry Night and the Spoken Word Series.