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Candye Kane to play late night show at Anthology tonight

SAN DIEGO -- The legendary Candye Kane, San Diego county's own contemporary blues bombshell, will be hitting the stage tonight at Anthology in Little Italy for a late night show.

The Oceanside maven usually makes it a point to fit as many performances as possible into her hometown throughout her hectic annual schedule, but she has only played one other gig in the region so far this year.

Unfortunately -- or fortunately for Kane -- a lengthy run of her autobiographic stage play, Toughest Girl Alive, followed by an extended European tour, then a swing through the U.S. and a NYC festival performance of her stage play have all gotten in the way of scheduling any local performances this time around.

So if you are suffering from Candye withdrawals, you can get a great big dose of this great big woman tonight at 9:30 pm.

Kane will start the show with her longtime and often partner-in-crime, local San Diego keyboard legend, Sue Palmer. The duo will perform some cuts of their award winning album, One Night in Belgium.

Palmer will then exit the stage to make room for Kane's current touring and recording band, so they can serve up cuts from her latest album, "Sister Vagabond."

Steel guitar-extraordinaire Laura Chavez balances the focus of the crowd with her skill and technique. Chavez is a world renown guitarist who has been compared to Stevie Ray Vaughn and is an absolute treat to see. She also co-wrote and co-produced Sister Vagabond.

Rounding out the trio behind Kane is Fred Rautmann on drums and Keenan Shaw on bass. Kane's son Evan, who played drums behind his mother for eight years, has taken a leave of absense to pursue other projects. Palmer and several others will join Kane on stage throughout the evening, so it is sure to be a fun evening.

Sister Vagabond spent quite a while at #1 on the Living Blues chart. Kane admits it is a tough time for recording artists and small labels due to the amount of music that is now purchased online.

"I'm not complaining, I'm very lucky to do what I do and to be alive," she told San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. "I'm very grateful, I'm just acknowledging that many do struggle."

The last time Kane played at Anthology was three years ago, right after her bout with pancreatic cancer.

She is cancer-free these days, although her doctors keep a very close eye and treat the littlest abnormality as if the cancer had returned. She suffers from pancreatitis every three weeks or so, whether she is on the road or not, so she doesn't let it slow her down, despite friends who encourage her to do so.

"I do what I love and I will be happy to die on stage like my friend Country Dick Montana," she said. "I'm blessed with this life and I am not going to stop until I have to."

Kane has been a vocal activist for the LGBT community, the sex worker industry, for large-sized women, those without healthcare and cancer causes. She melds her music and her activism together quite nicely, using her philanthropic organization unitedbymusic.org to help raise both awareness and money for her various causes around the world.

Still the Toughest Girl Alive

The NYC run of her Toughest Girl Alive play was cut short by the east coast hurricane in August. Not a drop of rain fell until the wee hours of the evening but Mayor Bloomberg was being extra careful and shut down the Metro system that night at 6 pm, forcing the venues to close early.

The musical play based on her entire colorful life had a six-week sold-out run at the Moxie Theater in La Mesa, last January - February.

According to Kane this dynamic musical will be returning for another run this coming January.

If you missed it before, don't miss it again.

But first, come check out Candye Kane and her band plus Sue Palmer and others tonight at Anthology. Seating prices range from $10 - $16 with booths available for $28.

Anthology is located at 1337 India Street, between Ash and A Streets, in Little Italy.