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CFCU Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series presents: Danielle Ponder
July 23, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
On July 23rd, Danielle Ponder performs at the CFCU Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series being broadcast virtually from the stage at the State Theatre of Ithaca.
Danielle Ponder transcends musical genres with a blast of deep, powerful soul. And according to Ponder, soul is more than a sound. “Soul music is something you feel,” she says. “It gives you goosebumps.” The result of her focus and dedication is a tone that is both enchanting and seductive along with a riveting, honest stage presence. It is this voice that has helped her secure gigs opening up for powerhouses such as George Clinton, Ledisi, and The Roots. She has also completed two successful European tours. Boyd Kletter of Bourbon Street Blues Club in Amsterdam said “Danielle shines bright both on and off the stage. She truly is a star!” Beyond Danielle’s musical talent, she was also a public defender who worked at the Monroe County, NY Public Defender’s office. She is dedicated to organizing and speaking up for marginalized communities and has worked on issues such as education funding, women’s rights, and criminal justice reform. Blending her experiences as a public defender and soul singer, her music and live performance shines a light on the criminal justice system while also exploring love and relationships. Something she has also explored as a TEDx Speaker. This sensational singer lists powerful influences that lit her fuse like Nina Simone, Big Mama Thornton, Shirley Chisolm, Cornel West and Lauryn Hill. Ponder opens her mouth to sing or speak and it’s readily apparent; there’s another name that belongs in that pantheon as well. Danielle Ponder, and her time is now. Her new single “Holding Me Down” is available on all streaming platforms.
About the Series:
Free and fun for the entire family, the performances will air at 6:00 pm each Thursday between July 9 and September 24, 2020. The concerts are traditionally held at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons; however, this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the shows will appear virtually on Downtown Ithaca’s Facebook page until further notice.
The CFCU Summer concert series is presented by: CFCU Community Credit Union
With support from the following: Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons, Seneca Beverage, Wagner Vineyards, Maguire Subaru Hyundai Genesis of Ithaca, Cayuga Radio Group, the State Theatre of Ithaca, and Green Street Pharmacy