The Ladybug Festival presents Rachael Sage and Nalani & Sarina
Fri · April 14, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
World Cafe Live - Wilmington Upstairs
$10 + Fess
This event is all ages
Please be advised that if you’re attending a show at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, you should make plans to dine elsewhere beforehand. There are two great restaurants right across the street and plenty of others a few blocks away – we recommend Merchant Bar, La Fia, Chelsea Tavern and Twisted Soul.http://www.worldcafelive.com/event/1428998/
A soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, NYC singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage is one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 100+ dates a year with her band The Sequins throughout the US, UK, & Europe. She has earned a loyal following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, soulful vocals, and improvisational audience interaction.
Sage has shared stages with Sarah McLachlan, A Great Big World, Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Jamie Cullum, The Animals and Ani DiFranco. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and received numerous songwriting awards including The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (Grand Prize) and several Independent Music Awards. Her songs have appeared on MTV, HBO, the "Fame" soundtrack, and in the last 3 seasons of Lifetime's controversial reality series,"Dance Moms".
Sage's latest album CHOREOGRAPHIC delivers a musically ambitious and emotionally accessible tribute to her very first love: Dance. A former dancer who studied at the School of American Ballet in her teens, Sage has been thrilled to see her music widely embraced by the lyrical dance community over the past several years (videos featuring dancers performing to her music have received over 9.5 million hits on YouTube). She "envisioned each song as a fully-choreographed multi-media experience"; the result is an inspired set of piano-based chamber-pop merging orchestral elements with her signature blend of folk, pop and rock. The album, which was released on MPress Records, was co-produced by Sage and Grammy® winning producer Andy Zulla (Idina Menzel, Rod Stewart).
For more information, visit rachaelsage.com.
"A witty lyricist and an adept composer...heartfelt and revelatory" — iTunes Review
"One part Elton John, one part Kate Bush" — Uncut
"Billy Joel's gotham zing and brashness...spiked with neatly twisted takes on long-relationship dilemmas" — MOJO (UK)
"her keen ironic sense of humor and quirky sense of the profound is what makes her special as a songwriter" — billboard.com
Born to folk-music-loving parents, Nalani and Sarina attended concerts and sing-a-longs “in the womb,” eventually joining in vocally themselves at about age five. Their formal classical piano training began a year later. Mother Bolton made sure their informal music education included all the great —songwriters Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen as well as the Beatles and Alanis Morissette. Sarina recalls: “I told my mom that I fell asleep thinking about music and woke up thinking about it too. I think that’s when she knew she was in trouble.” Songwriting, which became their greatest passion, followed soon after. “It’s my therapy,” says Sarina, “it’s the best way I have of expressing my emotions.” Adds Nalani, “If our songs can have a positive effect on someone, make them feel not so alone, then that’s what makes us want to keep writing songs.”
For the past three years they have been performing original material throughout the Northeast—in places such as World Café Live (both Philadelphia and Wilmington), Milkboy, Godfrey Daniels, John & Peters, Steel City, Burlap and Bean (all in PA), the Bitter End (NYC), the Stone Pony (NJ), and the Fez (CT); as well as a number of college campuses including Rutgers, Rowan, Montclair, and Loyola (MD). They’ve also been featured in a variety of music festivals including Ladybug Festival, Bethlehem’s Musikfest, Cape May’s Singer/Songwriter Festival, and Black Potato Festival. On radio, their song “Start All Over” was selected as WXPN’s Philly Local Pick of the Day, and they have twice been featured guests on the Sirius XM program “Kick out the Jams” hosted by legendary music critic, Dave Marsh. In January 2014, Nalani & Sarina released their first full-length album, “Lessons Learned.” Designed to present them to a wider audience, it features 14 of their original songs, produced by Greg Drew and Julian Herzfeld. Critic for NPR, David Bianculli says, “The songs on their debut CD all seem to have hooks, and both the musicianship and recording quality of Lessons Learned are impressively, surprisingly high.” In addition to Nalani & Sarina’s playing and singing, the album features the considerable talents of some of NYC’s finest musicians – Will Lee (bass), Joe Bonadio (drums), and Tommy Mandel (keys), Leni Stern (guitar) and Tom ‘Bones’ Malone (horns). Says Nalani: “Music means everything to me. Why would I not want to do it as a career?”
While Nalani and Sarina have all the requisite attributes for a successful modern pop career—beauty, charm, intelligence—there’s much, much more. As Nalani puts it, “We didn’t take all those lessons and spend all those hours practicing so we could lip-sync to pre-recorded tracks.” Sarina says, “I can’t remember NOT singing! We just want to be on stage and perform for everyone as long as we can.” Meaningful songs, tastefully played and soulfully sung with amazing harmonies—all wrapped up in a contemporary package. Celebrated music critic, Dave Marsh, sums it up best: “To see and hear them now, it’s hard to believe they might not always be this cute and fresh, but listen to their music a bit closer and you’ll realize they won’t have to be.” Sometimes the over-used superlatives are true: Unique. Special. Nalani & Sarina.
World Cafe Live - Wilmington Upstairs
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE, 19801