Higher Ground Presents: A Benefit for the NNAF

Reproductive Rights Rally

Kat Wright, Francesca Blanchard , Sarah King, Acquamossa, Father Figuer

Backside 405

$20 advance | $25 day of show


Please join us in supporting access to safe reproductive health care for all, as we experience live music, consider comments from speakers, engage with local organizations, and more.


Kat Wright



Kat Wright, whose voice is both sultry and dynamic, delicate yet powerful; gritty but highly emotive and nuanced, has been described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse”. Add to that voice enough stage presence to tame lions, and the combination of feline femininity proves immediately enchanting. There’s soul flowing in and out of her rock ‘n’ roll with a serpentine seduction. Some of soul music’s sweet, grand dames belt, shout, seethe, and succumb, while Wright sings gently like a heartache’s apology. It’s funky in spots and beautiful all over. And it hurts a little … like it should.

Francesca Blanchard




Francesca Blanchard is a French-American singer-songwriter & producer based in Burlington, Vermont. Her work blends soaring pop arrangements with complex emotional subtleties – most recently demonstrated in her critically acclaimed 2020 full-length album “Make It Better” and its “Redux EP” follow up, both co-produced with fellow Vermonter and musical collaborator Christopher Hawthorn; a record that redefined Blanchard’s sound and style since the release of her 2015 debut bilingual LP “Deux Visions.” Her work has been featured on WBUR’s syndicated program “Here and Now,” Los Angeles NPR music affiliate KCRW, and on a number of hit tv shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Workin’ Moms, and Trinkets. When Francesca isn’t on stage or in the studio, chances are she’s hiking a mountain somewhere.


Sarah King




NEMA’s 2021 Songwriter of the Year Sarah King inhabits the dark side of Americana, creating “high-powered blues-Americana-rock” (Burlington Free Press) anchored by her atmospheric voice and rhythmic blues guitar. Her 2021 debut EP The Hour, produced by Simone Felice and David Baron (The Lumineers, Jade Bird), marks her stunning arrival with “Nightstand” named 2020’s #1 Best Song in Vermont by County Tracks. King’s live show crackles with energy and devil-may-care attitude, earning her support slots for Blues Traveler in 2022, The Steel Woods in 2021, an official showcase at Folk Alliance International in 2022, performances at the 2020, 2021, and 2022 Philadelphia Folk Festival, a night at legendary Caffe Lena in 2022, and a main stage slot at Black Bear Americana Fest 2021.




Acquamossa is an ethereal electric pop ensemble from Burlington VT. Born from a mission of dissolving the separate worlds of music and dance, the group performs their live show as a cohesive spirit, blending synthscapes and soulful melodies with evocative movement. With frequent sit-ins and guest appearances, and a variety of dance styles including pole and contemporary movement, their live show is a truly unique and exciting experience not to be missed.


Father Figuer




Father Figuer is a sirencore indie rock project based in Burlington, VT. Distinguished by a relentless culmination of tidal emotion, the group focuses on the capture and release of human experience. These hunts are characterized by ambient, folk and post-rock influences while grounded in a shoegaze delivery. The trio oscillates between vocal and instrumental focus, seeking to pull from both primal roots and societal understanding.