Wednesday, March 20, 2024
$20 Suggested Donation
QUEEN BEES is a musical collaboration between three North Carolina-based multimedia artists: award-winning musician and journalist, Molly McGinn; renowned electronic music producer and songwriter, Quilla; and esteemed musician and creative producer Kate Musselwhite Tobey. They use a unique blend of traditional acoustic instruments, modern electronic components, vocal harmonies and the folk tradition of storytelling to bring people together and shed light on current issues. Their collaboration goes beyond the traditional construct of a band because they also create visual stories and cultural experiences for diverse audiences. Their songs uplift audiences and dance to the rhythm of social change. Their first track, “Ravens and the Wrens” (Ritual Fire Records, 2021), was inspired by the personal experiences of trans author Sam Peterson. Past collaborations between Molly McGinn and Quilla include “Wild and Kind” (2016)—a musical prayer written to raise awareness about plans to build a canal in Nicaragua that would devastate the local agricultural economy in its path. Collaborations between Quilla and Kate Tobey include “Old Souls” (2020) and forthcoming tracks “Bloodlines” and “You Belong Here,” which explore ancestry and migration. QUEEN BEES see their music as a responsibility to serve the community. Their music emphasizes a strong beat, meticulous stringed arrangements, delightful harmonies and bright rhythm guitar.