Sophie B. Hawkins comes to Bradenton

She'll headline Pussycat Festival benefit for Gulf Shore Animal League

mclear@bradenton.comAugust 21, 2013 

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LUIS SINCO — Los Angeles Times

Sophie B. Hawkins, the singer/songwriter behind such hits as "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" and "As I Lay Me Down," will be performing in Bradenton.

She's the headline act at Pussycat Festival, a concert that benefits the Gulf Shore Animal League.

The festival's slated for 4-9 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Tarpon Pointe Tiki Bar & Grill, 801 Riverside Drive E., Bradenton. Tickets are $15.

Besides Hawkins, the festival will feature Sarasota's Twinkle Yochim.

Since it's scheduled to last five hours, it's reasonable to expect another act or two to be added to the lineup.

Hawkins hasn't had hit singles, at least any as big as "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" and "As I Lay Me Down," in nearly 20 years. But she's still making popular albums and still has a fervent fan base.

Besides her music, she's also done prominent work in film and TV roles, most notably a widely acclaimed documentary called "The Cream Will Rise" that explored her early life. She also appeared as herself in a recent episode of the sitcom "Community."

In addition to all that, she's an active advocate for animal rights.

The nonprofit Gulf Shore Animal League operates several programs aimed at reducing stray animal populations and supporting Manatee County's "no-kill" initiatives.

It runs a "trap-neuter-release" program aimed at reducing the size of feral cat populations and a new "bottle baby and foster care" program that feeds orphaned newborn animals.

GSAL also offers dog and cat adoptions and several locations around Manatee County.

You can buy tickets to the Pussycat Festival and get information about GSA program at gsalinc.org. The organization's phone number is 941-747-2284.

Marty Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-748-0411, ext. 7919. Follow twitter.com/martinclear.

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