Last Minute Folk concert partners with Capital City Equality Center for May concert

The Last Minute Folk concert is partnering with the Capital City Equality Center for this weekend’s concert and donating a portion of proceeds to the Equality Center, 1200 S.W. Orleans.


The concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Jayhawk Theatre’s gallery space at 720 S.W. Jackson will showcase Tret Fure, a songwriter, producer and early innovator in the genre of women’s music, and Cindy Novelo, an award-winning singer-songwriter and instrumentalist.

Fure began her career at age 16, singing in coffeehouses and campuses across the Midwest. At 19, she moved to Los Angeles in hopes of obtaining a record deal. Fure has released 15 albums and CDs during her 47-year career and has engineered and produced recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work.

In the early 1980s, Fure began exploring the independent side of the industry, discovering the women’s music genre. She produced such titles as “Meg & Cris at Carnegie Hall” (1983), and she worked as a duo with Cris Williamson throughout the 1990s. The duo produced, engineered and released three CDs together.

Women’s music is defined as music by women, for women and about women. Fure explained her decision to work in this specific genre after craving the ability for women to express themselves musically in a “very male-dominated, misogynistic environment.”

“Coming out of the ’70s and mainstream music where I started, I was ready for a change,” Fure said. “Women were treated as novelties in that industry. Women’s record companies were formed, women’s distribution networks, and a new genre of music was created. It was a very heady time where thousands of women would come to concerts.”

After seven acoustic releases on her own label, Tomboy Girl Records, she began receiving recognition for her work. She won the South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition in two out of three categories in 2004. In 2009, Fure was voted “Pride In The Arts Favorite Female/Lesbian Musician.” The same year, she received the Janine C. Rae Award for her work in Women’s Music.

Novelo, a Lawrence native who has performed across the U.S. and in Europe and Latin America, will open for Fure.

Novelo describes her music as a fusion of Americana, classical and world music — soulful sounds she says were inspired from the hollows of Appalachia, Europe and India.

Her newest album, “Meditation,” will be released Aug. 15. In a news release, Novelo describes the album as pushing the boundaries of her innovative sound, resulting in a deeply moving musical experience.

Novelo said she finds her inspiration in a deep desire to help bring harmony to the world through her music and through sharing stories of her work. In the past several years, Novelo began to share her story more with her audience, especially surrounding her struggle with ovarian cancer in 2010.

“The central theme of my music and all I do is about finding the grace and beauty in life, even in times of misfortune,” she said. “Sharing my own life challenges, including my journey through cancer, and how this journey brought me grace and helped me to see the beauty of life more deeply, strikes a deep chord with audiences, as each of us is a survivor, each in his/her own way.”

Novelo said her work is also a way for her to offer hope to those who may be struggling. She said that after connecting with her audiences, she sees they often feel awakened, encouraged, uplifted and inspired.

Novelo’s album “Stone’s Throw” was selected by Kansas Public Radio’s Bob McWilliams as one of his picks for best folk albums of the year, along with albums by Sarah Jarosz, Richard Shindell and Cheryl Wheeler.

Contact reporter Savanna Maue at (785) 295-5621 or @SavannaMaue on Twitter.



When: 7 p.m. Saturday (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Where: Jayhawk Theatre gallery, 720 S.W. Jackson

Tickets: $20 for adults or $10 for students with ID at or at the door

Refreshments: Provided at intermission by the UUFT Social Justice committee for freewill donation

Information: Last Minute Folk Concert Facebook page, or contact Deb Kirmer at (785) 233-4499 or