Gable Music Ventures presents
NALANI & SARINA, Gina Degnars with Sharon Sable
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE, 19801
This event is all ages
Born to Nigerian immigrants, Philadelphia-based independent artist Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing have drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Sara Groves, Jeffrey Gaines, Cody Chestnutt, Deas Vail, Butterfly Boucher, Tyrone Wells, Najee, Allen Toussaint, and The Vespers, to name a few. Ike’s path has consistently taken an “anywhere for anyone” approach playing for intimate audiences in coffeehouse, Universities, house concerts, churches, and small theater settings. A write-up on NPR’s All Things Considered says “The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop…a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small.” Her latest release, ’Walk’, was chosen as a ’Best Of Philly’ submission for NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest.
NALANI & SARINA
Introducing Nalani and Sarina Bolton.
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.
All Upstairs tickets are General Admission. Dining is available at World Cafe Live at the Queen. To be assured of seating for an event, dining reservations are accepted for Upstairs Live, our full service restaurant. We recommend scheduling your reservation time 1½ to 2 hours before show time. For more information and to see menus, please read the Restaurant Info.
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