Ani DiFranco and Diane Patterson Daymon Gardner/courtesy of UA Pulaski Tech

ANI DIFRANCO
FRIDAY 9/30. Center for the Humanities and Arts, UA Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock. 7:30 p.m. $45-$65.

Lest anyone within earshot unjustly equate the term “folk singer” with wispy treble and wispier acoustic guitar bereft of teeth or bite, point them to Ani DiFranco’s 22-album discography where they’ll find declarations on abortion and police brutality; collaborations with folk forebears Utah Phillips and Margaret Cho; and live performances peppered with vocal yelps, wildly underheralded guitar fingerpicking and plenty of volume (her 1997 live album “Living in Clip” took its name from sound engineer Larry Berger’s comment that DiFranco’s amplifiers were perpetually clipping from being overdriven.)

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DiFranco is what it looks like to be a folk singer with one foot in Pete Seeger’s labor movement past and the rest of her body firmly planted in electrified social activism circa 2022; expect the seats at UA Pulaski Tech (whose full season is listed here) to be filled with new converts as well as longtime fans who know just where every pregnant pause falls in “32 Flavors.”

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Opening the show is Diane Patterson, a folk singer whose latest, “Satchel of Songs,” was recorded last year in New Orleans with Mike Napolitano and features support from DiFranco, Terence Higgins, Todd Sickafoose, Barbara Higbie, Alice DiMicele, Janelle Burdell, and Joe Craven.

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