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BETTY Central

Friends since childhood and artistic co-conspirators, Amy Ziff (vocals, cello, piano), Elizabeth Ziff (vocals, guitar, programming) and Alyson Palmer (vocals, bass, percussion, programming) have been recording, touring, performing, and creating together as independent artists for twenty-seven years. In addition to television, film, Off-Broadway theater and concert tours, BETTY travels the world as Arts Envoys for the US State Department, performing humanitarian outreach and cultural diplomacy.

From their inception, BETTY has pushed the boundaries of pop music, utilizing their powerful, fun, fierce, female energy as an extension of their tight harmonies, breezy backbeats, and unwavering emphasis on melody. BETTY aspires to bring joy, love, heartbreak, sex and hilarity through their music.

BETTY’s external site

BETTY

We have loads of images of BETTY, some recent, others from the archives. See the full list here, and don’t miss the fascinating collection of publicity flyers from the early days…

Flash Rosenberg draws BETTY

We have a collection of live drawings created at by artist Flash Rosenberg at a BETTY gig, Joe’s Pub NYC, April 2015…

Flash Rosenberg live drawing of BETTY's song, Ms Snake

Upcoming Gigs 2018

April 29: BETTY’s Spring NYC Concert, City Winery, find out more

December 2016: BETTY On The Rocks

BETTY’s latest album was released by the Stereo Society on December 12 2016, find out more.

BETTY On The Rocks album cover

MAY 2015: Filthy Lucre Soundscape

‘A request by the artist, Darren Waterston, that the band make acoustic fragments for his installation now showing at the Smithsonian institution in Washington DC, provoked much music. Through a couple of twists and turns, we came up with something unanticipated and unlike anything BETTY had done before.’ Read Thorne’s comments on the recording and production of BETTY’s Filthy Lucre Soundscape, released May 2015.

BETTY performing at the grand opening of Filthy Lucre: the Peacock Room Remix, at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery.

Unstoppable activists, BETTY use music for humanitarian outreach: working for equal rights, peace and aid, as well as the empowerment of girls and women.

The BETTY Effect is a non-profit organization using music and art to foster self-advocacy in women and girls, diversity groups and artist activists for social change and human rights worldwide.

The BETTY Effect, with link to website
Watch the video of BETTY performing Rise at L-Beach 2014, Europe’s biggest Women’s indoor festival…

October 2002: BETTY Rules

BETTY Rules, BETTY’s Off-Broadway show at New York’s Zipper Theatre told the story of the band’s development, the ups and downs and the sideways lurches. From October 2002 through 2004, they delivered 212 performances, including a six and five week runs in Chicago and Washington, selling out every show.

BETTY Rules goes to Chicago...

The Fabulous BETTY Book Selection
List of prominent people with the name Betty
BETTY: Fanmail from back then

Dear BETTY —
I just wanted to drop you a note after having picked up a copy of Carnival last night at Melody Records here in DC. I have to tell you I have a MAJOR problem with the disc — it’s ONLY 28 minutes long!!! It is such a stunning disc that I never wanted it to end!!

In my humble opinion, Carnival is the ULTIMATE BETTY disc. It’s the perfect synthesis of all that is wonderful about your work. It combines the offbeat fun and incredibly witty writing showcased most effectively on Hello BETTY! (still my favorite BETTY disc and one of my “desert island” discs) and Kiss My Sticky, the magnificent harmonies shown in all your work but particularly on Limboland, and the arena rock-like energy of BETTY3 and all your concerts. I hope this disc brings you the huge following you so very much deserve!

Thanks for the many hours of enjoyment that your discs and concerts have provided me for years and that I’m sure they will continue to provide for many years. I’m looking forward to seeing you at the Birchmere on 3/3.

Be well,

An unsolicited E mail from a fan in DC
(for real, honest)

BETTY Central

Friends since childhood and artistic co-conspirators, Amy Ziff (vocals, cello, piano), Elizabeth Ziff (vocals, guitar, programming) and Alyson Palmer (vocals, bass, percussion, programming) have been recording, touring, performing, and creating together as independent artists for twenty-seven years. In addition to television, film, Off-Broadway theater and concert tours, BETTY travels the world as Arts Envoys for the US State Department, performing humanitarian outreach and cultural diplomacy.

From their inception, BETTY has pushed the boundaries of pop music, utilizing their powerful, fun, fierce, female energy as an extension of their tight harmonies, breezy backbeats, and unwavering emphasis on melody. BETTY aspires to bring joy, love, heartbreak, sex and hilarity through their music.

BETTY’s external site

BETTY

We have loads of images of BETTY, some recent, others from the archives. See the full list here, and don’t miss the fascinating collection of publicity flyers from the early days…

Flash Rosenberg draws BETTY

We have a collection of live drawings created at by artist Flash Rosenberg at a BETTY gig, Joe’s Pub NYC, April 2015…

Flash Rosenberg live drawing of BETTY's song, Ms Snake

Upcoming Gigs 2018

April 29: BETTY’s Spring NYC Concert, City Winery, find out more

December 2016: BETTY On The Rocks

BETTY’s latest album was released by the Stereo Society on December 12 2016, find out more.

BETTY On The Rocks album cover

MAY 2015: Filthy Lucre Soundscape

‘A request by the artist, Darren Waterston, that the band make acoustic fragments for his installation now showing at the Smithsonian institution in Washington DC, provoked much music. Through a couple of twists and turns, we came up with something unanticipated and unlike anything BETTY had done before.’ Read Thorne’s comments on the recording and production of BETTY’s Filthy Lucre Soundscape, released May 2015.

BETTY performing at the grand opening of Filthy Lucre: the Peacock Room Remix, at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery.

Unstoppable activists, BETTY use music for humanitarian outreach: working for equal rights, peace and aid, as well as the empowerment of girls and women.

The BETTY Effect is a non-profit organization using music and art to foster self-advocacy in women and girls, diversity groups and artist activists for social change and human rights worldwide.

The BETTY Effect, with link to website
Watch the video of BETTY performing Rise at L-Beach 2014, Europe’s biggest Women’s indoor festival…

October 2002: BETTY Rules

BETTY Rules, BETTY’s Off-Broadway show at New York’s Zipper Theatre told the story of the band’s development, the ups and downs and the sideways lurches. From October 2002 through 2004, they delivered 212 performances, including a six and five week runs in Chicago and Washington, selling out every show.

BETTY Rules goes to Chicago...

The Fabulous BETTY Book Selection
List of prominent people with the name Betty
BETTY: Fanmail from back then

Dear BETTY —
I just wanted to drop you a note after having picked up a copy of Carnival last night at Melody Records here in DC. I have to tell you I have a MAJOR problem with the disc — it’s ONLY 28 minutes long!!! It is such a stunning disc that I never wanted it to end!!

In my humble opinion, Carnival is the ULTIMATE BETTY disc. It’s the perfect synthesis of all that is wonderful about your work. It combines the offbeat fun and incredibly witty writing showcased most effectively on Hello BETTY! (still my favorite BETTY disc and one of my “desert island” discs) and Kiss My Sticky, the magnificent harmonies shown in all your work but particularly on Limboland, and the arena rock-like energy of BETTY3 and all your concerts. I hope this disc brings you the huge following you so very much deserve!

Thanks for the many hours of enjoyment that your discs and concerts have provided me for years and that I’m sure they will continue to provide for many years. I’m looking forward to seeing you at the Birchmere on 3/3.

Be well,

An unsolicited E mail from a fan in DC
(for real, honest)