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Savior Soul will be performing for the 2nd time at our end of year Christmas show. The emergence of roots music in early America, from its European and African origins through its development over the decades, helped to produce such homegrown music genres as country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues… including the powerful & influential music of the African-American spirituals, gospel, sacred music, gospel blues, & bluegrass gospel music. The suburban Philly based band, Savior Soul, draws its influences from these musical roots and invites their audiences on board for a musical & spiritual journey that will have them stomping their feet and clapping their hands in jubilation!
Since the original meeting between Savior Soul drummer, Mark Beecher (Drexel University Music Professor, & GRAMMY nominee/member) and Rick Shryock, (renowned fiddler for numerous Philadelphia/Tri-State bluegrass bands), the band has grown to 9 members with an ever-increasing repertoire. Savior Soul combines the traditional with the contemporary, into a unique blend of Spirit-filled Americana Music, by means of voice, guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, acoustic bass, & drums. “The music of our band, Savior Soul, gets the listeners past any pretension and tugs on their heart strings,” says Beecher. “It’s simply an honest expression of what we are feeling in our music, rather than any forced statement or declaration. It’s an uplifting message of hope & redemption.” The band has just released its latest CD, “Cast Your Bread” – which was included in the 1st Round Ballots for the 57th GRAMMY Awards!
Olivia Leonard, a student at Temple University, will be opening for Last Chance. She has been singing in choirs at church and school since she was young. She’s been heavily influenced by soul music and grew up listening to r&b greats from the 80’s and 90’s. She also enjoys writing songs along with singing. Music is her passion, and she hopes to continue her growth as an artist.
Check out her music at https://soundcloud.com/lovelylivmuzic/your-friend-i-promise.
Don has been performing for the past 15 years at Independent and Assisted Living Communities, Senior Centers, Adult Day Care Centers, Nursing & Rehab Facilities, Private Parties and Corporate Functions.
It’s not uncommon for people that know the songs to sing along. His shows are interactive and it’s all about having a good time.
There’s his ALLSTAR REVUE SHOW which consists of him singing the biggest hits performed by artists like: Dean Martin, Neil Diamond, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams , Bobby Vinton, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., Willie Nelson, Clarence Frogman Henry and Louis Armstrong.
He also performs a GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK SHOW which features music from the 30’s and 40’s. He performs tribute shows for McCartney, Rat Pack, Clapton, Sinatra, and Elvis and theme based shows like Country, R&B, Patriotic, Holiday/Christmas, and St. Patrick’s. Don will be performing his tribute to Eric Clapton during his January 2018 performance.
Don’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don studied music theory in high school and attended the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. In the 1970/80s, he was an Audio Engineer at Northern Ky University & at the Ministry of Finance in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Don’s long-time love of world music was solidified when he was invited to a private audience/master class with HRM King Faud’s master musician, Hamzah Mohammed Al-Bashir.
In 2012 & 2013, Don was selected to compete in the Aaron Copland Foundation’s “American Composer” series.
“I’m honored to be included in this group of highly talented and respected world renown artists. It’s gratifying for a foundation of this caliber to accept my original music.”
Hejira evolved from Seattle’s premier original world music band into a sophisticated, nationwide educational/entertaining stage show.
They blend; world music & ethnic dance, sharing their collective global experiences with insight and humor as they impart their simple universal message, “We are all One”.
Hejira has performed for many world music and international festivals in; Seattle, NYC, Sedona, Phoenix, Colorado City, Cincinnati, Bloomington, and many more.
Dons performances include:
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Performed for 1,000’s of US Servicemen at the USMTM (United States Military Training Mission) inside of a huge aircraft hanger)
Arizona Tour: Performed in Sedona, Bisbee, Phoenix & Tucson .. for the “Musicians That Need to be Heard Network”
NYC performances: MMNY (Making Music in NYC) for 5 years, NYC Multicultural Festival
Seattle Performances: Many times at the Seattle Center; Arab Fest, NW FolkLife
With the New Europa Troubadours: Opening act – John Hartford & folk singer @ Blissfest in Upper Michigan, Opening act – Klezmatics at Birmingham City Stages Festival, 1st Night Celebration in Hartford, CT
Hard Rock Cafe Review:
Don Baragiano performs a multi-cultural blend of enticing, upbeat music. His performance creates a diverse musical tour from around the world…and the audience doesn’t even need a passport.
Don lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for 3 years. There he learned about their culture and music, which is instrumental in helping him to recreate some of those exotic innovative sounds on his guitar.
On December 17th he was invited to close the 2016 music season at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York.
As a solo performer, the Jerry Garcia look-a-like, played a variety of music including; Rock, Middle Eastern, Jazz, Flamenco and Classically influenced pieces. He uses a drum machine for the percussion and a clever hi-tech device called the “TRIO+ Band Creator” to fill in the drum and bass backgrounds.
While he did perform a Jimi Hendrix song, the rest of the songs were Don’s original compositions including a few which are ‘on the spot’ improvisations with intriguing Non Western beats.
Don’s composition “Hejira” was based on the Sacred Prayer Call which he heard 5 times a day during his 3 year stay in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The musical scales and rhythms he heard at that time found a way into his consciousness and then into his original “East Meets West” sound.
Kira Shcherbakova was born in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to the United States with her family at the age of ten. She learned English within a few months and began dreaming of becoming a famous, professional singer.
She went to different venues, asking to sing, but got rejected every time. One restaurant owner even said, “My worst singers are better than you.”
It was heartbreaking!
One day, she got invited to sing at a Mother’s Day church concert, to which she said, “I’m Jewish. I can’t go into a church.” The women persisted, however, and Kira changed her mind. This was an opportunity to sing, after all.
When she got there, she was surprised to see that the people were happy and accepting, quite unlike what she had seen elsewhere. She talked to the pastor and he answered all the questions she had for years about life and the meaning of it all. She realized that what she had been looking for all this time was God and His direction for her. So she repeated the prayer of repentance and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior.
Kira realized that God made her and had a special purpose for her, to sing for Him and about Him.
After much consideration, she decided to leave her full-time job and follow God in starting a music ministry.
God showed her that He gave her this voice and He wants her to use it for Him. And that’s what she is doing.
Dave & Dolores
Dolores is a singer/songwriter in the traditional Americana style, blending folk and country music with a bluegrass sensibility. Think Lucinda Williams, John Prine, and Gillian Welch as these are her major influences. She has participated in Pete Wernick’s 4-day bluegrass jam camp at Merlefest in North Carolina, the third year earning the designation of “Jam Hero.” She is a frequent volunteer at Philadelphia hospitals with the Musicians On Call program, bringing the healing power of music to the bedsides of patients and their families.
Dave is a folk guitarist and bassist and a singer-songwriter whose influences include Greg Brown, Bob Dylan, and Lucinda Williams, all of whom he covers as well. You can find both he and Dolores most Tuesday nights at the Coffee Beanery in Media crooning with the best of them.Dolores and he hope to carry forward the duo folk tradition of good ol’ home grown music.
Dolores & Dave are both members of PASA, the Philadelphia Area Songwriters Alliance.
Hey guys brandon mesen here. Ever since I was a little kid I always had a burning desire to achieve my dreams and goals. My dream is to be happy and to do what I like best and that’s music. My goal is to travel everywhere and sing to as much people as possible. I plan on doing this forever and I’m not stopping until I’m satisfied.
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As ministers of music and worship, Paul and Mary Good are a husband & wife missionary duo using Christian music ministry to connect with local churches and communities through song, prayer, and worship. They proclaim God’s kingdom through today’s stories of grace, mercy, and love. Their music style is Country with the influence of Bluegrass, Southern Gospel, and Contemporary Praise and Worship.
See more about them at www.pmgharmony.com
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Last Chance is the musical duo of singer-songwriter Jack Scott and fiddler-vocalist Ingrid Rosenback. The group performs original music. Jack plays 5-string banjo and guitar, Ingrid plays fiddle and harmonica, and they both sing. Last Chance performs in the style of a contemporary folk-roots fusion and bluegrass duo.
This will be their 7th appearance at our coffeehouse. They are well loved at our place.
As Last Chance, Jack & Ingrid play extensively throughout Philadelphia and the area at festivals, blues clubs, library events, senior centers, coffeehouses and other locales. Among the venues they’ve played are the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Suzanne Roberts Theater, Burlap & Bean, Lansdowne Folk Club, Twisted Tail, World Café live at the Queen and Philadelphia’s Hard Rock Café. They regularly participate in WXPN’s Musicians on Call program, bringing live music to patients’ bedsides.
Last Chance has released two CDs: “Endless Flight” (2016) and “We Came to Play” (2013), available through their website, www.lastchanceband.org or at their concerts.
The duo has a unique, contemporary sound emanating from Ingrid’s classical training and Jack’s songwriting rooted in traditional folk music. Their music defies categorization and appeals to audiences of diverse ages and musical tastes.
Check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Last-Chance-485192924825046/.
Fiorenza-Dowlin are starting their 20th year together performing in the tri-state area. With 2 duo CD’s and 6 solo CD’s between them, they have an array of folk pop songs that are infectious. They are known for their soaring harmonies and upbeat approach to their lifestyle. Fiorenza-Dowlin perform about 50 shows a year wherever there is an electrical outlet and an audience.
www.reverbnation.com/fiorenzadowlin is their web site with info and songs.