Gaye Adegbalola Email Offers Hope and Peace For 2009

Good Morning All,

I think it’s gonna workout fine. . . in oh-nine!  A happy, happy new year to you and yours.  

I look forward to this coming week to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama.  No, I won’t be going to DC.  Instead, I’ll be viewing it at home with my 95 year old Mom (can you say “proud”?) and close family friends.  

May we strive to embody the spirit of peace and pray for goodness for ALL people during these difficult times.
May we strive to find peace thru music,
. . .
Gaye Adegbalola
Hot Toddy Music  



Jan 18  Film — Brother Outsider: The Bayard Rustin Story, 2 p.m. – free and open to the public

Rustin was Dr King’s openly gay strategist who planned the 1963 March on Washington. 
Gay Community Center of Richmond.  Gaye leads the discussion following the film.

Jan 19  University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg VA — Gaye keynote speaker for MLKing Day
Jan 22  Ms. Richmond Pride Pageant, Babe’s in Richmond — Gaye judges
Feb 06  Babe’s, Richmond,  Gaye Without Shame Show — with Roddy
Feb 21  Germanna Community College, Culpeper, VA — with Saffire
Mar 06  The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA — with Saffire
Mar 07  The Jewish Mother, Virginia Beach, VA — with Saffire
Mar 20     Court Square Theatre, Harrisonburg, VA — with Saffire
Mar 27     Gravity Lounge, Charlottesville, VA — with Saffire
Mar 28  The Avalon Theatre, Easton, MD — with Saffire

For details and full schedule, visit
•  HONORS ~~

I will be featured in the NORTHERN VIRGINA MAGAZINE’S February issue.  There will be a feature story on “stylish” women in the northern Virginia area with a representative from each age decade.  I represent the 60+ decade.  I’m not exactly sure what my style is, but the photo shoot was really exciting — lights, make-up, outfit changes, close-ups, action.  Who knows, maybe I’ll be a model in my next life.  LOL!!!  The issue should hit the newstands in a week or two.
I’ve been nominated for a BLUES MUSIC AWARD (formerly the W. C. Handy Awards) for Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist.  I am humbled to have been found worthy.  I am so thankful that the blues community embraced and accepted “Gaye Without Shame.”  The competition in this category is quite stiff.  If you’d like to see the listing of all nominees, please visit To vote, you must be a member of the Blues Foundation.  To become a member,  I would truly appreciate your support.

Saffire was form in 1984 and went full time in 1988.  It’s been an amazing musical journey.  For many years our visions coincided, but as we have aged and grown, our individual needs have changed. Our love of the music and our love for each other has not changed. As we move forward in different musical directions, we look forward to providing support and encouragement to each other. All three of us plan to continue performing in various configurations.

To cap our “legacy,” our final recording, “Havin’ the Last Word,” will be released on Alligator Records on January 27, 2009.  We plan to tour extensively to support this release and to celebrate a quarter century of music. 

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