Experimental & Avant-Garde

The Space Lady

When: Fri., Nov. 14, 9 p.m. 2014

In Boston in the 1970s, Susan Schneider acquired an early Casio keyboard, a rhythm box, and various echo effects, then performed covers and developed original material during long sets on the street. Struggling to support a family, she eventually moved to San Francisco, where the reception and tips were not only better, but local enthusiasts even christened her The Space Lady, the moniker she’s performing under once again, now in clubs such as the Elbo Room (647 Valencia St., San Francisco), where she’s appearing on Friday. Having been abducted in her youth and subsequently protected by extraterrestrials while living in a cave on Mt. Shasta, Schneider embraced the Space Lady persona, donning a winged helmet while performing and composing ethereal arias such as “Synthesize Me.” The Space Lady’s Greatest Hits, a collection of recordings created in the early 1990s, finally received widespread release and enthusiastic coverage this year. Call it a victory orbit.

Sam Lefebvre

Price: $8-$10

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