Shelley Segal, Singer and Songwriter
Shelley grew up in a musical household, singing at the age of three, then writing and performing at eleven. Joining her father's Jewish wedding band early on provided her with an ease and enjoyment performing and writing across a broad range of styles including pop, folk, jazz, blues, rock and reggae.
Shelley accompanies herself on guitar and has been performing her original music around Melbourne and internationally for the last ten years.
Last year Shelley launched "An Atheist Album" which has had sales on nearly every continent. "For an atheist, she's got a hell of a lot of soul." wrote one reviewer.
"An Atheist Album" gives a voice to the often underrepresented views of non-religious people, the fastest growing minority in many countries. After performing at the Reason Rally to a crowd of 25,000 in Washington DC, Segal's music video for her single "Saved" has gone global.
Shelley is our star entertainer at Freethought Day, performing at 3 PM, and will also be entertaining us at the Fundraising Reception.
Keith Lowell Jensen, Comedian
Keith Lowell Jensen is the non-pot smoking, non-gay, non-religious, non-disabled, token comedian. He's the non-pot smoker performing at pro-marijuana legalization benefits, straight host of The Gay & Lesbian Comedy Show and the non-disabled founder of The Comedians With Disabilities Act. He is the resident Atheist of the multi-faith Coexist? Comedy Tour and even dropped out of school to become the only non-animated entertainer on Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation.
Keith is our star entertainer at the Fundraising Reception, and will be saying a few extra words at Freethought Day at 2:10 PM.
Victor Harris, Poet
Victor Harris has been a staple on the Bay Area poetry scene for the past twelve years, featuring at various venues in Oakland and Berkeley, he was on the finals stage in Oakland in 2003. He is the recipient of the 2001 Frederic C Fallon Award for poetry from Chabot College, and a 2006 graduate of Cal State University Hayward with a B.A. in Liberal Studies.
See him perform at the Reason Rally in Washington, DC.
Victor is excited to be a part of the group of artists behind Mad Art Lab, where art meets science and skepticism. He has been writing and performing atheist/skeptical/rational/science themed poetry for over 4 years. When he's not writing, or performing, he is the talent behind Reuschelle's Cheesecakes and won a Best of the Bay award from the East Bay Express in 2009.
Victor is performing at our Fundraising Reception, and at the start of Freethought Day, at 10:40 AM.
The Mockingbirds, Choir
The Mockingbirds are Sacramento's first atheist choir, born from SacFAN in 2010. They sing secular-themed songs about religion, science, and pirates (to the pleasure of the Flying Spaghetti Monster).
Led by Andrea Griffith, the group has appeared at a number of area events including Darwin Day and HumanLight.
The Mockingbirds are performing twice at Freethought Day: at 12:30 PM and again at 5:05 PM.
Bill Potts, Poet
It's hard to say when Bill Potts got his start as a poet. Some are not sure he ever did. He did get some encouragement from one of his high school English teachers, who wrote on one of Bill's poems, "Doggerel, but good doggerel." This may explain Bill's later admiration of Ogden Nash (a veritable fountain of doggerel) and in particular Walt Kelly, the creator of Pogo. Kelly wrote both doggerel and stream-of-consciousness poetry (as Bill now does). As a strip cartoonist, Kelly specialized in political satire, with Pogo the possum and his fellow Okefenokee Swamp critters standing in for the real politicians. Bill has created some religious satire, although without cartoons or swamp critters.
Bill will be performing at our Reception and at Freethought Day, at 1:05 PM.