Press Release – Internationally Touring Band Raises Local Cancer Awareness

January 26, 2015


Rupa & the April Fishes led by musician and doctor Rupa Marya to headline Anchorage cancer awareness weekend.

Rupa & the April Fishes, an internationally touring band that draws from a long list of global influences including reggae, ska, jazz, French chanson and Latino cumbia, will perform as part of the third annual Gynecologic Cancer Awareness & Arts of Healing Weekend hosted by Let Every Woman Know – Alaska, Feb. 6-8 in Anchorage.

With a sound the Los Angeles Times calls “ecstatic and powerfully evocative,” the band will travel from San Francisco to Anchorage for the Rupa & the April Fishes Rhythm Heals Concert at Tap Root Public House on Saturday, Feb. 7, as part of the weekend of events.

The band’s lead singer and songwriter, Rupa Marya, is also an internist on staff at the University of California, San Francisco Hospital where she treats terminally ill patients. Her songs often draw from her experiences as a doctor, as well as from her world travels where she bears witness to social issues such as health, immigration, poverty and violence.

“Our focus for the Rhythm Heals Concert is on music of healing and Rupa & the April Fishes truly represents this,” said Sierra Winegarner, program director for Let Every Woman Know – Alaska. “The band’s music draws from people all over the world from all kinds of cultures dealing with the same issues of life, love and healing. We can’t think of a better way to bring the community together and enjoy the healing power of music while raising local awareness for gynecologic cancers.”

The Rupa & the April Fishes Rhythm Heals Concert will take place on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. at Tap Root Public House. The New York-based KJ Denhert Band, whose special blend of urban folk and jazz has earned them four Independent Music Award nominations, will make a guest appearance. Tickets are $20.

The Gynecologic Cancer Awareness & Arts of Healing Weekend will also include a First Friday Art Showcase at Blue Hollomon Gallery featuring works by artists whose lives have been touched by cancer; a free two-day gynecologic cancer survivors course, presented by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer at the Providence Cancer Center; and a weekend closing celebration at Hard Rock Café with the KJ Denhert Band.