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Thu 04/15/21
6:00PM
All Ages

CC Video Series screening | Lavender Country + virtual performance with Patrick Haggerty

Join us for a virtual screening of the second episode of the Cactus Club Video series, Lavender Country (2019) featuring a special new performance by Patrick Haggerty.

 

Want more? Check out their online Anti-Fascist Concert Series:

A cross-continental, diverse lineup of singers, bands, and poets from multiple genres, loaded with racial, sexual, and gender diversity, all organizing our community with radical arts! The show will run from February to March, in a series of six shows, and maybe more if we pick up some steam. Artist inquires are welcome if you want to join the show. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your quarantine pod, and let’s all get on board with the movement to fight fascism across the world! This show is produced by Patrick Haggerty of Lavender Country, the godfather of queer country music, and Aaron J. Shay, Seattle’s signature sci-fi folk balladeer.

Lavender Country

(BREMERTON, WA)

Lavender Country was an American country music band formed in 1972, whose self-titled 1973 album is the first known gay-themed album in country music history. Based in Seattle, Washington, the band consisted of lead singer and guitarist Patrick Haggerty, keyboardist Michael Carr, singer and fiddler Eve Morris and guitarist Robert Hammerstrom (the only heterosexual member).

Haggerty was born on September 27, 1944 and raised on a dairy farm near Port Angeles, Washington. After college he joined the Peace Corps, but was discharged in 1966 for being gay. He later became an artist and an activist with the local chapter of the Gay Liberation Front after moving to Seattle to pursue graduate studies at the University of Washington.

The 1973 album was funded and released by Gay Community Social Services of Seattle, with funding and production assistance from activist Faygele Ben-Miriam. Just 1,000 copies of the album were pressed at the time of its original release. The band performed at the first Seattle Pride event in 1974, and performed at numerous pride and other LGBT events throughout Washington, Oregon and California until their dissolution in 1976. Shan Ottey, a DJ for Seattle radio station KRAB, played the band’s song “Cryin’ These Cocksucking Tears” on the air in 1973, resulting in Ottey’s dismissal from the station.

After disbanding Lavender Country in 1976, Haggerty ran two unsuccessful campaigns for political office, once for Seattle City Council and once as an independent candidate for a seat in the Washington House of Representatives, and continued to work as a gay rights and anti-racism activist.

In 2000, the Journal of Country Music published an article on gay country musicians, focusing in large part on Haggerty and Lavender Country. As a result of the renewed attention, the album was rereleased on CD in December 1999, and in 2000 the band released a five-song EP, Lavender Country Revisited, which featured three rerecordings of songs from the original album and two new songs. The band reunited briefly in 2000, performing the album in its entirety at Seattle’s Broadway Performance Hall in January 2000, and at that year’s Seattle Pride. In addition, the album was archived at the Country Music Hall of Fame by former Journal of Country Music editor Chris Dickinson.

Their song “Cryin’ These Cocksucking Tears” was included in the 2012 compilation album Strong Love: Songs of Gay Liberation 1972–1981. The 1973 album was rereleased on independent label Paradise of Bachelors in 2014, and the band have played several reunion shows in 2014 to support the reissue.

Haggerty recorded a story for StoryCorps about coming out to his father in 1959, which was adapted into the animated short film The Saint of Dry Creek in 2015. In 2016, director Dan Taberski directed a short film titled These C*cksucking Tears which starred Haggerty and told the story of his life and career.

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2496 S. Wentworth Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207
414-897-0663
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