Willamette Hosts Musician Performance, Alternative Fuel Discussion

Gabrielle Louise, a Denver-based Americana recording artist, will visit Willamette University Friday, Oct. 30, to perform and discuss touring on alternative fuel. Her visit is sponsored by the Willamette Center for Sustainable Communities and the Sustainability Council.

Louise has made a commitment to the environment during touring by outfitting her van to run on vegetable oil, gathering usable grease for fuel across the country. The "Veggie Van" was lovingly dubbed "Vita" by a fan from Indiana.

Louise will perform at noon at the Bistro, Willamette's coffee shop. At 3 p.m. in Collins Science Center, Room 205, she will discuss her "Veggie Van" and address using vegetable oil as an alternative and environmentally friendly fuel. Both events are free and open to the public.

From smoky jazz to old-time folk, Louise writes and sings songs that are versatile and engaging, accompanying herself on guitar and ukulele. The daughter of two gypsy musicians, she graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music and went on to release three records, tour nationally and abroad both solo and with a backing band, and become a two-time John Lennon Songwriting Contest finalist.

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