Melissa performs at Family Equality Councils annual awards dinner

By: Ellen Oliver / L.A. Times

The event: On the London street at Universal City -- between the Strand Hotel, Mulligan’s Tavern and an iconic red phone booth -- servers passed pizza and spring rolls as actors from “Glee,” “Scandal,” “The Fosters” and other popular TV shows mixed with supporters of the Family Equality Council. All then adjourned to the Globe Theatre for the main event: the organization’s annual Los Angeles Awards Dinner on Saturday.

Date Posted: 
Feb 10 2014

Melissa Attends Gala Opening For Historical Society of Long Beach LGBT History Project

Melissa & Linda Wallem. (Photo: Joe Mello)

A capacity crowd including city officials -- and Grammy Award winner/former LB resident Melissa Etheridge -- attended the Feb. 23 gala opening of the Historical Society of Long Beach's LGBT History Project.

"I loved waking up here on a Sunday morning and going down to Fourth Street," said the two-time Grammy winner and Oscar winner who played several times a week at the lesbian bar Que Sera. "These were the people who believed in me and gave me a job. You supported me, you helped me grow as a musician, you kept coming to hear me play. We were a community," she added. "Thank you for making me who I am."

Date Posted: 
Feb 24 2013

Heather Mizeur Fundraiser - Que Sera (Long Beach CA) Nov 29

Melissa returned to the Que Sera Night Club in Long Beach CA, where she used to play early in her career, to help raise funds for her friend, Maryland Democratic Legislator Heather Mizeur.

Melissa Receives NMWA Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts

Photos ©Suzi Altman

The National Museum of Women in the Arts held its 25th anniversary fall benefit in Washington D.C. on Nov 4. Melissa received their Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts, toured the Museum and played 4 songs: "The Weakness In Me," Come To My Window," "I Run For Life," and "Me And Bobby McGee."

Review of Melissa's show in Brisbane Australia

"As anybody lucky enough to have seen American singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge on her previous Australian tours will attest: Goddamn, the woman can sing. Though she’s also a virtuosic instrumentalist, it’s her powerhouse voice that is her true calling card and tonight it’s at its astonishing and capacious best." ~ Heidi Maier (
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