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A Juilliard-trained composer who plays seven instruments – including one she invented herself – is coming to The Kennett Flash.

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Phoebe Legere is coming to The Kennett Flash on Friday, Oct. 21.

Phoebe Legere describes herself as a trans-disciplinary artist, composer and children’s advocate who works in the space between art, music, ecology, performance and engineering. In addition to the instrument she designed, dubbed the Sneakers of Samothrace, she created a 15-person, ride-able Eagle sculpture that runs on alternative energy, and she recently appeared on HBO singing her song about the environment, "Hip Hop Frog," according to her website.

Legere, who opened for David Bowie on his national tour, will be performing at The Kennett Flash, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21. This “multi-keyboard, vocal wizard” has been compared to Beethoven in Paper Magazine, Edith Piaf in the New York Times, and Frank Zappa in Billboard magazine, according to a Kennett Flash press release.

She reportedly discovered her penchant for music as a 15-year-old runaway on the streets of New York City; she found songwriting as an outlet for her pain and after a year of hardships, she was signed to Epic Records. Since then, she has released 15 CDs of original and traditional music, the release said.

Legere is now driving across the country in her Visionary Van, which is loaded with art and music. She is celebrating her new nonprofit: Foundation For New American Art, which is dedicated to bringing art and music to underserved children in low-income communities. She visits schools, military bases, libraries to deliver encouraging workshops, most notably her “Songwriting From The Heart.” Proceeds from Legere’s lectures and public performances benefit the foundation.

Tickets – $18 in advance, $22 the day of the show – are available at www.kennettflash.org or www.ticketfly.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. show. BYOB is permitted for $4 at the door (beer and wine only), and dinner service is available from La Verona. The Kennett Flash is located at 102 Sycamore Alley in Kennett Square. Call 484-732-8295 for more information or visit www.kennettflash.org.

For more information about Legere, visit www.PhoebeLegere.org. Information on her foundation can be found at http://www.foundationfornewamericanart.org.

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