NEWS!

Solo/Duo/Trio/Make Believe?! 

 Hey gang! As most of you know, I play music with a lot of different groups. Don't get me wrong, I love rocking a coffee shop or winery solo, but I really dig the energy that I get from other people sharing the stage with me. So, in case you DIDN'T know, here are the other groups that I play with:

FarAway - this is a male/female acoustic duo group with Brian Franke. Brian plays all over the area, almost every single night, and music is his life. He's a very talented musician, a high quality guy, and we make amazing music together. We're currently working on writing and recording our first EP with Mark Williams at Suckerpunch Studios, and we're also going on tour this summer.

3MTs - this is a trio comprised of music teachers from Fairfax County. We play each other's original songs as well as take cover songs and mold them into our own unique versions. We don't play many shows anymore, but we still practice and have a show coming up at Jammin Java this June. We sold out Jammin Java in January 2012, almost sold out in September 2012, and hope to sell out this June :) Jack plays solo shows in the area and Dave has a great non-profit kid's percussion group called the Vienna Jammers.

Heather Mae and The Make Believe - Heather Mae is an insanely talented performing singer/songwriter. She has this great band that backs her up called "The Make Believe" which consists of me (vocals, guitar, bass), Dan (guitar, bass), Sarah (vocals, cello) and RJ (drums). I love working and performing with all of these people....they are all incredbily inspiring and rehearsals with them make me feel accomplished and giddy. This group came in 2nd place at the Jammin Java Mid-Atlantic Battle of the Bands and Heather is currently working on her second album.

So, when you take a look at my
calendar you may see a random mix of solo, duo, trio, and even Make Believe shows. I'm a very busy girl, but I love every second of it and wouldn't have it any other way :)

I'm Baaaaa-aaaaack! 

 Okay, okay. I know I've been bad about the website thing, but I assure you I will better about it from now on! 

There WILL be a February Newsletter that will come out sometime next week (after I get back from Sunny Puerto Rico!) and it will have LOTS of very exciting news in it! So if you haven't signed up for my mailing list yet, now is your chance! Just enter your e-mail in that little box to the left and voila! You're signed up! I promise not to spam you and I only send out newsletters once a month :)

In the meantime, check out my calendar and catch me at a solo, duo, or trio show all around town! 

Happy Holidays! 

 Just wanted wish everyone the Merriest of Holidays and a VERY Happy New Year!
2012 has been an incredibly amazing year for me, personally AND musically and I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for me!
If you want to catch me before the year is out, here is where I'll be!
December 21st - The Hard Rock Cafe, Washington, DC - 7pm
December 21st - World of Beer, Arlington, VA - 10pm
December 27th - Parallel Wine Bistro, Ashburn, VA - 8pm
December 31st - NEW YEARS EVER with FarAway at The Irish Channel, Washington, DC - 9pm
(All shows are FREE!)

Peace, Love, & Christmas Carols,
Sara

I'm ALIVE! 

So, with the recent passing of SAHARA DAVENPORT, a contestant on the second season of "RuPaul’s Drag Race", I just thought that I would assure my fans that I am, in fact, still alive. While some of you may be disappointed, I'm actually extremely happy that I'm still alive. I can certainly see how there could be confusion though....see SAHARA'S photo below:

And then MY photo:




In all seriousness, my deepest sympyathy goes out to Sahara's friends and family. After seeing how many hits my website received after the announcement was made it's very clear that Sahara was loved and will most definitely be missed. 

For those of you that are seeing my website for the first time, you could be a new fan! Check out the videos on my music page, and if you're in the DC area then come see me at a show!

Wine, Pizza and Music....OH MY! 

Gah! Sorry for the hiatus! I'm here, I promise!

August was a CRAZY month filled with vacations and some AWESOME shows! One of my favorite shows was at Jammin Java on August 25th. A very good friend of mine, Ben Tufts, held a fundraiser concert for the Craig Tufts Memorial Fund which sends teens on educational nature trips. There were over 30 musicians that played throughout the day, and I was extremely thankful to be on the bill. I had a chance to meet and listen to a lot of musicians from the DMV area that I never get to hear, and had a blast hanging out all day with so many talented musicians. Here's a photo, taken by Jason Hornick, from the event!



If you didn't get a chance to make it to the event, I highly recommend that you try to come next year! It was amazing!
So, moving forward.....

First up, I've been asked by Justin Trawick, a musician in the area, to play The 9 Songwriter Series THIS SATURDAY at Quattro Goomba's Winery in Aldie, Virginia. This is an incredible event that has been happening up and down the east coast, and just recently made its way to California! I will be joining 8 other songwriters from the area to put on a concert of all original music. Each musician plays 3 songs, and we are all encouraged to collaborate with each other and join each other on stage. I'm lucky enough to have some of my friends playing in the same show! If you haven't checked out Alleghany St., Justin Trawick, Adam Bruno, or Allison Bruno then you had better get on it! They are all good friends of mine and I'm thrilled to be sharing a stage with them! So not only will there be amazing music, but Quattro Goomba's has delicious wine as well as pizza!  And if you haven't tried their famous wine slushie then you are REALLY missing out! The best part of this event (other than the music) is that it's FREE! We suggest a donation when you pay for your wine and pizza, but that is totally up to you :) So let's review....this Saturday, September 1st, from 6pm-9pm. Mark it in your calendar!!!

Beyond this weekend there are SO MANY other GREAT shows! Yes, I like typing in all caps because I'm EXCITED! Here is a list of my September shows....
September 1st - Quattro Goomba's Winery for The 9 Songwriter Series (FREE!)
September 7th - Jammin Java with my band, The 3MTs ($10 before/$13 day of)
Tickets for Jammin Java can be purchased here: http://jamminjava.com/home/events/3mts
September 15th - The Virginia Wine Factory with The 3MTs (FREE!)
September 17th - BUZZ Bakery (FREE!)
September 21st - The Virginia Wine Factory (FREE!)
September 29th - The Hard Rock Cafe - Washington, DC for PINK JAMS Under 40 Music Marathon (Tickets go on sale 9/1)

See? Told you this month is awesome!
Lastly, thank you to everyone who comes to my shows and supports me. I couldn't do this without you guys!

Peace, Love & Gourmet Cheese
Sara

Everything is bigger in Texas..... 

Last week I had my debut in Austin, Texas at a lovely little cafe called Flipnotics. The main music room holds about 30 people or so, and they have the largest, most beautiful decks out back where people were working on their laptops, reading, and just having a great time with their friends. I LOVED this place! I was the last performer of the night and was so amazed at all the people that came out to hear me! My sister's friends showed up in support, and I even had a friend from Richmond, VA who moved to Austin come out to see me! The main room was full and everyone liked my set, and I couldn't have asked for a better first show in the live music capital of the world!!!!

Photo Shoots! 

Photos are beginning to come in from the two photo shoots I've done recently! The first session was with my wonderful friend, JP. You can find more of his work at www.jpzphoto.com, and make sure to check out his new photo blog project! This photo was taken in Woodbridge, Virginia at Queen's Gambit, and a HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Glenn for letting us use his space!


My second session was with my band, The 3MTs! We've got a big show coming up in September at Jammin Java in Vienna, Virginia, and wanted to have some photos available for our fans to buy with our autographs! Our band photographer, Laura Goyer, had some great ideas during our shoot and we can't wait to see the finished product! Here is one little teaser that she took of me....the light was perfect to catch the reflection in my bandmates guitar! Be sure to check out the band at www.facebook.com/3MTsmusic and our new website will be up soon at www.3mtsmusic.com !

Austin, Texas! Here I come! 

 Just got word that I was booked to play at a South Austin bar/cafe while I'm there visiting my sister! Many thanks go out to my amazing sister, Rachel, for always supporting my music and for putting in the time and effort to get me booked! Austin is such an amazing city, and I can't wait to back! If you're in the area and want to check it out then make sure to check my calendar! The venue is called Flipnotics, and I'll be there on July 11th! Woooooo!
In other news, after I get back from Austin I'll be hitting the recording studio to begin my very first album! I've been hard at work writing new songs and preparing for the album so I can make it the best I can for you guys!

Lazy Weekend.... 

It has been a perfectly lazy weekend so far, but that doesn't mean I haven't been working hard on new shows and songs!

I have some great show opportunities in the future (can't announce them just yet), and I'm working hard on getting a few more songs written for my upcoming full solo album!

So much thanks and love go out to my friends, family, and fans for all of your support! I couldn't do this without every single one of you!

Managers and Producers and Albums, OH MY! 



The meeting last night with my super totally awesome producers was amazing! We talked logisitcs and worked out a timeline, and I couldn't be more excited! Recording will most likely start in July, and it will take 3-4 months to get everything recorded, mixed, mastered, etc. I'm working on writing some more songs and have even brought a few old ones out of the vault to see what I can do with them!
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