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Blues fest cancels Candye Kane for sexual orientation, sex worker past

Candye Kane, the blues and jazz singer from San Diego currently on tour and preparing to open her Toughest Girl Alive autobiographical stage musical in New York City on Aug 14, just received word that she was cancelled from the upcoming Shelby Blues & BBQ festival in Pelham, Alabama in October.

Beloved in her home state, the nation and all over the world, for her voice, her music, her stage presence and her activism, Kane was told by the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, the organizers of the event, that the reason for the cancellation was because of her sexual orientation and her past as a sex worker.

Festival organizers referenced various online sources that document her history in the sex worker trade and her life as a bisexual gay rights activist.

Kane is "shocked and saddened" by the news and took to Facebook to share her response to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce with her fans.

As far as my background 30 years ago affecting attendance at the festival, my show is a guitar heavy, blues music, word positive show of empowerment and survival focusing on triumph over adversity as many of my fans world wide can attest.

My last cd Superhero was nominated for a National Blues Award and focuses on my triumph over pancreatic cancer for which I was diagnosed in 2008.

My show is body positive with an emphasis on women and encourages woman and people who feel disenfranchised to embrace and love themselves and live their dreams in spite of their age, size or gender.

To read Kane's complete response, click HERE.

Kane just returned from a European tour with her band and Sue Palmer, and is currently performing at a blues festival in Canada. Palmer, another local award-winning jazz musician and member of the LGBT community, closed out the Trolley Barn Park Summer Concert series to a capacity crowd last night, Friday, Aug 5.

Palmer will again accompany Kane on stage Sunday night, Aug 7 at Kate Sessions Park in Pacific Beach for the Concerts on the Green.

Kane and Palmer will then perform again but this time as a duo, in support of their nomination for Best Jazz album (One Night in Belgium) at the 21st annual San Diego Music Awards, on Monday at Humphrey's By the Bay.

Kane co-produced her latest solo effort, Sister Vagabond, with her noted blues guitarist, Laura Chavez, who is also featured on the record. To pre-order the CD, which will be released on Delta Groove Records on August 16th, click HERE.

Toughest Girl Alive starts its two week run in New York City Aug 14 - 28th.