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XannaDont

Xanna Don't

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Bio: After studying operatic vocal performance at Boston Conservatory in the late 1980’s, Xanna Don’t made a name for herself in her hometown’s alternative music scene; that name, according to The Boston Herald, was “The Country Queen of Boston.” She has toured with Southern Culture on the Skids, opened for Devo, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Old 97’s, The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, and Lucinda Williams, and played CBGB’s and The Bitter End in New York City. In 1994, Xanna moved her award-winning act to Austin, Texas, where she showcased for SXSW and appeared in indie films, including Office Space. Booking live music for Austin’s Gay Pride led to her proudest accomplishment: the creation and co-production of SXSW’s first ever all-gay music showcase, selling out Austin’s largest gay venue. During 8 years in Atlanta, Xanna served as a board member for their gay film festival and on Atlanta Film Festival’s screening committee, taught voice lessons, published her own ‘zine, and performed with her quintet. She was Entertainment Editor for Atlanta’s lesbian magazine, served as Interim Editor of ATL Free Press, and wrote the music preview for Atlanta Pride’s official guide distributed to 250,000+ attendees. In 2012, Xanna and her wife of 20 years relocated to the Pacific Northwest where she has served on the screening committee of Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, coordinated the festival’s Opening & Closing Nights’ Parties in 2013, and in 2014 was a guest judge for Seattle Pride’s singing competition, Pride Idol. Some of Xanna’s press quotes include: GIRLS-WORLD: “The Grande Dame of Austin Music” // AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN: “Austin’s Underground Country Queen” // “Miss Xanna Don’t does. Sing great, that is.” / “…fiery twang vibe that has won fans over from Emo’s to Cibolo Creek Country Club to gay pride rallies.” // AMERICAN AIRLINES AMERICAN WAY: “[Mike] Judge [director of Office Space] was looking for the fabled ‘Texas big-hair look’…Miss Xanna was perfect.”// BOSTON GLOBE: “[one of] Boston’s most respected musical minds.”

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Xanna’s Photo Essay: Day 1 of Capitol Hill Block Party 2017

July 25, 2017 • 2017’s Capitol Hill Block Party began with two music panels open to the public free of...

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Austin Music Royalty Patrice Pike Talks To Xanna About Pride, TV Music Competitions...

July 20, 2017 • In the mid-1990s, not long after my pilgrimage from Boston to Austin in search...

The awesomely named and very popular band HOBOSEXUAL performing at Upstream Music Fest in Seattle, May 11, 2017. Photo: Ann Brown for SGS

UPSTREAM / DOWNSTREAM: A Tale of Two Music Festivals

May 19, 2017 • UPSTREAM / DOWNSTREAM: A Tale of Two Music Festivals And PURSE-GATE...

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Killer Lesbian Comedy with a Twist—at TWIST This Friday

October 20, 2016 • “Women Who Kill” makes its Northwest debut Friday night. When my...

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They Got It: Local Queer Filmmakers Finalists At Slamdance Film Festival

January 22, 2016 • World-renowned Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, started by...

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Take Me To Church: “Upstairs Inferno” Parallels Southern Faith’s Judgement and Redemption Amidst...

October 16, 2015 • We don’t often think of religious entities as being integral, let...

Ryan Hazy at the 2014 Pride Idol contest.
Photo: Nate Gowdy for Seattle Pride

So Seattle, You Think You Know Ryan Hazy?

June 24, 2015 • Local vocalist and Pride Idol finalist Ryan Hazy produces and hosts “Just...

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Clyde Petersen And ManDate Urgently Update Our “Oral History”

May 7, 2015 •   Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival opens...