Kayte Grace EP Release & Ellen Kaye with Ethan Fein & The M57 Band
201 F St. NE
Washington, DC, 20002
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM (event ends at 10:00 PM)
This event is all ages
Singer/songwriter Kayte Grace's music is an explosion of folk, blues, pop and rock, held together by warm-voiced, sing-along-able melodies and rich, resonant lyrics. The Washington Post called Kayte a "talented musician" who "writes great pop songs with smart lyrics and a country feel" and declared the "Written On" album (featuring Kayte's 5 time Grammy Award winning cousin Victor Wooten) an "impressive debut." Her fans call her "delightful," "genreless" and "refreshing."
Fifteen years ago, Kayte Grace was in nursing homes. She was a teeny elementary school student in a performing group; donning scarecrow and fairy costumes, belting show tunes and classics like “If I Only Had a Brain” for nursing home residents and at county fairs.
Spending almost a decade entertaining the sometimes mid-nap, sometimes yelling, often enthralled nursing home residents allowed Kayte to cultivate a performance style marked by her infectious energy, humor and spunk. And then she was in a Linen's N' Things ... for towels, and things, and she stumbled upon a $50 guitar tucked into a random corner. She bought it, taught herself to play, and immediately began writing music. And then she was on YouTube. They featured her on the homepage for a week as the "Unsigned Pick," causing her featured original song to rack up 200,000 views in two days.
Just four years after first picking up a guitar, Kayte Grace has been featured not only by The Washington Post and YouTube, but also by NBC and ABC in Georgia, Columbia Spectator, The Augusta Chronicle, Ivy League Christian Observer and Washingtonian Magazine. Kayte has 660,000+ views on her YouTube videos, has released 3 albums and two singles and has songs playing on over 130 college & independent radio stations. She's organized, booked and self-promoted 3 national tours, including the 20 city, 22 show "Written On" tour, where she shared the stage in Nashville with her legendary cousins Victor Wooten and Roy "Futureman" Wooten. She's played nearly 200 shows in 19 states, including a performance during SXSW at Red Gorilla Music Fest (Austin, TX), opening for Gabe Dixon & The Voice's Lelia Broussard and performing in NYC venues like The Studio at Webster Hall and The Bitter End. Her songs have been featured in two independent films. And as a Screen Actors Guild member, Kayte has acted professionally for over fifteen years, landing roles in national commercials and in television shows like Law & Order: SVU, HBO’s The Wire, and Gossip Girl.
At the heart of Kayte's music is the desire for true community - community that is felt in that moment when you can't help but sing along, and when you hear your deepest heart cry articulated back to you in the lyrics of a song, and especially in the moments spent right after the show, meeting and laughing and grabbing a bite to eat with fans and friends who came to see her perform. It's about community. And storytelling. The audiences of her live shows feel it.
Ellen Kaye with Ethan Fein & The M57 Band
Ellen was raised in the restaurant industry – her parents, Faith Stewart-Gordon and Sidney Kaye, owned and operated The Russian Tea Room, the iconic New York restaurant, for 49 years. “You have no choice but to embrace the nocturnal when you live and breathe the restaurant business,” she says. “When I started singing I was already a night creature. And right after my son Ian was born I loved the private late night world we shared - “Midnight Lullaby" by Tom Waits is all about those moments”.
Produced by Tony Romano, 3AM boasts an eclectic collection of songs by writers as varied as Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, Jackson Browne, Tom Waits, Madeleine Peyroux, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Carly Simon, Louis Prima and Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields. Romano’s cool jazz arrangements provide the thread on which Kaye posits her intellectual and emotional interpretations. The series of songs is a passionate vision of contemporary life: the teetering hopes, the redemption of love, the wry humor.
She loves the restaurant world as much as ever and is opening her own restaurant soon, Moscow 57 (Crain's New York - From The Russian Tea Room With Love), which will have a live music component. There will be a great selection of artists performing and Kaye will be among them, singing the songs that she has woven into her repertoire over the past 20 years in some of the top jazz venues in New York.
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