Ani DiFranco expertly combines the personal and political at the Plaza Live Friday


  • Charles Waldorf
Ani DiFranco’s résumé can be pretty intimidating to those who have never seen her live. The lauded songwriter started her own label, Righteous Babe, before she was legally allowed to drink, and has worked with everyone from folkies Pete Seeger and Utah Phillips to jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker to the legendary Prince. But anyone who has seen the diminutive dynamo play live can tell you that she focuses on connecting with her audience first, then impressing them with a frenetic fingerpicking style and songwriting that has garnered her accolades from everyone from the National Organization for Women to the Woody Guthrie Center. Labelmate Hamell on Trial, known as much for his humorous interludes as his fiery take on acoustic punk, opens.

with Hamell on Trial | 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 | The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave. | 407-228-1220 | | $25-$35