Go see Shelley Segal in Tacoma!

Another one of the good (read: kind, humble, the type of person all celebrities should be in-person) famous atheists is Shelley Segal.  If you don’t know who she is, she’s the woman rocking out in this song:

Anyway, she’s on tour right now and was scheduled to perform at a coffee shop in Tacoma called Anthem.  However, the people who run Anthem love the Lord and decided to uninvite her after she traveled from Australia.

We had originally booked a coffee and ale shop called Anthem in the middle of downtown Tacoma.  It was a new venue (for us), the staff was incredibly friendly, and it looked like the perfect all ages venue for a show like this.   We discussed doing the event there, and they were on board.

That fell apart this morning, when I received an email from the booking folks.  It was a polite, professional email, but the intent was very clear.   I’ll quote the relevant part:

 This isn’t something that we feel comfortable promoting or hosting because it doesn’t align with what we believe and stand for.
Anthem Beverage & Bistro, Tacoma

Additionally, the CC field included an address at “Eternity Bible College,” something that wasn’t in the original thread.  So, we we’ve been booted from the venue, and they wanted us to know why.

At least they gave her some advance notice (unlike some barbeque joints in Oklahoma run by a shameless liar who thinks he’s more deserving of heaven than the people to whom he lied).  For that, I’m not particularly interested in pointing the machine of internet justice at them.

Instead, if you should all check out Shelley if you’ve not, and definitely get out to see her show at the new venue: Doyle’s Public House this Sunday, 14 April, at 5pm.  It’s free to get in!

And I’ll make you all a deal: if we get either 20 commenters saying they checked out Shelley’s material or if Shelley tells me 100 people showed up, next week at Reasonfest in Lawrence, KS I’ll record us jamming out and post the video.  :D  Here we are joshing around at American Atheists 2012:

This time I’ll make sure we even know all the lyrics!  :D

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Art Vandelay

    I love, love, love that song. Unfortunately, that’s about a 3,000 mile hike for me.

  • Talynknight

    I already checked out her material since I bought her album off Amazon a little before the Reason Rally. But I’ll listen to it more today at work if that counts towards the 20. And probably will anyway. That video was awesome and we need more Shelley/JT duets.

  • Stephanie

    You, sir, have balls. Singing randomly in public like that is intense! I checked out her music, and shelley has a really pleasing voice and message – I’m starting to seriously consider flying somewhere for one of these conventions. I’m not a commenter, but would love to see a jam session with the two of you (when you’ve got the lyrics down :P ), so here’s my one of twenty vote.

  • Christina M

    Ahhhh, I wish I lived closer to Kansas! I’d love to see you two rocking out! Please post!

  • http://askanatheist.tv Becky

    Thanks JT for encouraging folks to come to the performance. She’ll be live in the studio beforehand on our regular broadcast at 3 pm PDT. Though our AM station only covers the south Puget Sound area, we stream live at askanatheist.tv so you can hear Shelley be interviewed and play a bit. And the previous night (Saturday) she’ll be in Kennewick with the TriCity Freethinkers (http://www.meetup.com/Tri-City-Freethinkers/events/106610702/) so eastern WA or even Pendleton OR folks can catch her there :)

  • Bruce

    Thanks for the tip. And thanks for the duet.
    I wet ahead and bought An Atheist Album from Shelley Segal on iTunes, and I’m listening to it now.
    I look forward to your duet album’s release.