Songwriter Sirens: Emily Zisman, Amber Ikeman, Deborah Crooks  (($10 before/$15 day of show))

Emily Zisman is a Folk-Americana singer-songwriter born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, trained in New York City, and well-weathered and inspired by her travels and a restless heart. Emily writes and performs songs about the peculiar existence of a woman. She unapologetically attacks topics of frustration and pain, power dynamics and shame with a wry humor and wit.

Born and raised in rural area of California, Deborah grew up surrounded by nature, but close enough to San Francisco to be influenced by the city’s history of social, musical and political upheaval. Her lyric-driven and soul-wise music draws on folk, rock, and Americana and is often compared to Lucinda Williams and The Cowboy Junkies. Her music ventures into everything from funk and reggae to rock and blues, reflecting her expansive and eclectic tastes, a sound which has evolved over her years studying writing and poetics at The Naropa Institute, voice and yoga in Mysore, India, and cowriting and collaborating with her Bay Area peers. She’s released several CDs, and several EPs of critically noted original music, including 2016's Something Special EP, the acclaimed 2013 release, Little Bird (produced by Art Khu and described as "a masterful piece of work"). She again worked with Khu on her 2016's 7-song collection, Beauty Everywhere, which was recorded at the new Tiny Telephone Studio in Oakland. Deborah performs throughout the US, and had her music featured on the PBS Series Road Trip Nation and several compilations including the Songwriters From the Fog Compilation V1. Along with her solo work, she cofounded the band Bay Station with Kwame Copeland; contributed prose and poetry to several stage productions by Deborah Slater Dance Theatre; has led writing groups and spoken about songwriting and creativity at Macworld and SXSW. Additionally, her written work has appeared in many print and online publications including No Depression, The Sun, Common Ground, and “The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Enlightenment” (Seal Press).

Amber Ikeman's spirited, earthy folk music carries audiences across the open spaces of the American West and into the depths of their souls. With soaring vocals ranging from a husky chest voice to a bell-clear soprano, her powerful and intimate songs tell stories of self-discovery, resilience, and wildness.

After getting a B.A. in classical voice, Amber took a job as a nonprofit professional in her hometown, Sarasota, FL. On the surface, it seemed that she had a comfortable life, yet deep down she felt bored, unfulfilled, depressed, and trapped by expectations. When she turned 25, Amber quit her job, sold everything that didn’t fit in her car, and drove across the country for the first time – by herself – to work as a dishwasher in Yellowstone National Park. It was the first stop on a 30,000-mile solo cross-country quest to find herself, the inspiration for her debut album, “Free.”

“Free” was named one of Southwest Montana’s top local albums of 2015. Amber’s engaging performances earned the 2017 Vic Heyman Songwriting Award. She is touring nationally with her second album, “Rise.”

$10.00 - $15.00


$10 before and $15 day of show online and at the door.

Private Parlor Shows are open to all friends and fans of The Lost Church and the performers.

Seating is first come, first served. We recommend you buy in advance to ensure being a part of the event (parlor shows often sell out), but you can also try purchasing at the door on the night of the show.

Online sales are active until 9:30pm the night of show (unless sold out). You can purchase tickets right at the door using a card via your phone and the above link. Old-fashioned cash is also accepted.

Ages 10 and over are welcome. (Parental discretion is advised for some events).

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