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Oct. 24, 2001
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OSWEGO -- Sugar and spice, pop and playful theatrics, alternative rock and art-rock aesthetics. This is the recipe for success for three women behind BETTY, performing at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Hewitt Union ballroom at SUNY Oswego.
The act -- led by songwriters and vocalists Amy Ziff (who also plays cello), Alyson Palmer (bass) and Elizabeth Ziff (guitar) -- is known for eclectic and eccentric arrangements with what Billboard magazine termed "spine-tingling harmonies." Guitarist Tony Salvatore and drummer Mino Gori round out the five-piece band.
"The group's music refuses to conform to any one category, but has elements of '40s big band, '60s girl groups, '70s disco and '90s club tracks," Jennifer Whitlock wrote in The Morning Call.
That blend and the group's live presence have earned appearances on television networks ranging from MTV to HBO, Comedy Central to the Food Network. BETTY earned an Emmy in 2000 for a segment on PBS' adult literacy show "TV411."
BETTY (they spell it in all capital letters like one member's favorite band, KISS) continues to earn critical acclaim and a following through live shows and releases like the 2000 concept album "Carnival," which hit the Top 10 of best sellers.
"With a Felliniesque flair for combining the surreal and the everyday, the women of BETTY have created their own theatrical freak n' funk show," The Washington Post reviewer Mike Joyce said of "Carnival."
The group is now collaborating with "Rent" director Michael Grief to produce a theatrical, musical piece called "The BETTY Play."
BETTY also uses music to assist a wide range of causes, including supporting equal rights, ending sexual violence and finding cures for breast cancer and AIDS.
The group's appearance in the Artswego Performing Arts Series is supported by SUNY Oswego's Student Association Programming Board and Women's Center.
Tickets for the concert are $10 to $12 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors and $6 for SUNY Oswego students. For reservations, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail
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