Filling the space with song

North Coast singer-songwriter Joanne Rand and Nashville touring artist Mare (pronounced Mary) Wakefield will fill the intimate Westhaven Center for the Arts space with their musical stories and more in a joint concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Wakefield developed a love for travel from an upbringing that found eight different places taking the title of "home", all before she reached the age of 8.

"This versatility and love for travel is evident in Mare's music as well," according to the concert announcement. "Listeners roam through Arizona deserts, Oklahoma oil fields and South Dakota plains, and take side-trips to ancient Babylon or the streets of Amsterdam. The journeys go inward too, exploring valor and valentines, hope and heartbreak and the occasional whiskey-soaked barroom brawl."

Rand, an Arcata resident, spends a fair amount of the year touring and has, over the course of a music career that roamed from the South to Alaska to Seattle and elsewhere, has recorded 12 albums and is working on her 13th. Rand said her music has been described as psychedelic folk revival. It's folk with rock and Americana with explorations of Appalachia, she said.

Rand's new album, with a working title of "The Nashville Sessions," should be out this year. When not touring and writing music, she teaches young musicians piano, voice, songwriting and (music) theory.

"It's really wonderful to teach," she said.

The concert at Westhaven Center for the Arts, 5012 South Westhaven Dr., on Thursday will begin at 7:30 p.m.. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information, call 677-9493 or visit