Wednesday March 25, 2015
Opus Underground - Salem, MA
This Wednesday, join Creative Salem at Opus Underground as we present Rhapsody, hosted by Kirsten Manville. Eleven local songstresses will be joining forces to help raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem’s Teen Girls Program. This acoustic evening will feature a wide range of singers and songwriters, ranging from local open mic legends to award winning artists. Though varying in genres and styles, Rhapsody promises to be an excellent exploration in artistry and musicianship for an incredible local cause.
The Salem Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem uses fun and enjoyable programs to engage youth and support their ongoing development. As the second oldest of its kind in the country, the program works to consistently to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Host - Kirsten Manville:
Kirsten Manville is a passionate singer/songwriter with an incredible amount of musical experience. After receiving a BA in music at Bowdoin College, Kirsten moved to Nashville and worked diligently with the Nashville Symphony Chorus. After nearly ten years, Kirsten returned to the Boston area and began working on a wide range of projects. Kirsten is one half of Kirsten & Dave, and has seen airplay on Nick Noble's Folk Revival Show on WICN, and was recently a songwriting finalist at the Ossippe Valley Music Festival. Kirsten's work is not only a labor of love for an artist that has a wide range of experiences and influences, but is also a warm and welcoming invitation for listeners to take the same amazing journey that continues to this day.
Molly Pinto Madigan:
Molly Pinto Madigan is singer, songwriter, and writer based in Salem with a strong flair for folk music. Molly recently received the 2014 Big Red Recognition for best female singer songwriter, and is a frequent performer in Boston and all over the North Shore. She has also won the first place prize in WUMB's Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and was named "Artist of the Year" by her alma mater, Salem State University. Molly's latest album, "Wildwood Bride," was assisted by a successful crowd-funding campaign.
Sarah Seminski is a Boston-Based singer/songwriter who's has had the opportunity to sing for a wide range of local bands. Ranging from the funk stylings of Big Ol' Dirty Bucket to the rock group Vanilla Manvelope, Sarah's instantly recognizable voice has been compared to the likes of Janis Joplin and Annie Lennox. Sarah recently opened up for the legendary funk icon George Clinton with local group Nephrok Allstars, and is currently focusing on Cozy Covers: a duo with her and guitarist Eric Reardon.
Priscilla Swain is a self-taught Salem-based singer songwriter and creative voice for the band Ponyfish, which she started with her husband John. Her strong vocals are complemented by her evocative guitar mastery, combining in an emotionally charged performance which is hard to miss. A graduate of Salem State University, Priscilla can be frequently seen playing with her band in performances all over the North Shore.
Rachel Baldwin is a Beverly based musician whose prowess with an acoustic guitar is rivaled only by her airy vocals that are reminiscent of Feist and Joni Mitchell. Known for her frequent performances locally, Rachel recently opened up for legendary folk singer Livingston Taylor at the Cabot Cinema. When she’s not enervating the North Shore music scene, she spends her time working on a degree from Gordon College in Wenham, MA.
Jade is a Salem-based artist, actor, and musician with a long history with music. Jade grew up in a heavily musical family; her father served as a band manager for Foghat, and her brother played guitar with Jack's Mannequin. Currently Jade is providing vocal work on Valeska Gavotte's new EP, and is also heavily involved in the writing process. Outside of music, Jade has recently completed working on the Salem Theater Company's recent production of "Crime and Punishment" and also modeled in Creative Salem's first pop-up gallery.
Briana Paquin is a singer, songwriter, and performance artist based in Salem with an eclectic range of musical talent. After graduating Salem State's vocal program, Briana has taken her synth-based industrial sound to new heights. Recently, Briana performed at Rhode Island's long-running Templecon, and maintains a highly active Soundcloud account that truly shows her musical diversity and skill. Briana will be playing a rare acoustic set that will focus heavily on her wide and commanding vocal range
Letriah Masters is a singer, songwriter, and teacher based in Haverhill whose love for music is only rivaled by her passion for teaching. Ranging from vocal coaching to piano, percussion, and guitar, Letriah has a depth of experience and talent that seemingly has no limits. Along with her prowess in music, Letriah is a published author, and has also worked as a blogger and a fashion consultant.
Alyssa Grace is a Salem resident with a bachelor’s degree in Classical Vocal Performance (Opera & Art Song) from The New England Conservatory in Boston. Starting at a very young age, Alyssa’s infatuation with singing began with “The Little Mermaid” and has continued to this day. Alyssa has been singing jazz and blues since high school, and continues to participate in jazz gigs around the North Shore. Alyssa has a wide range of influences, including Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse, and Lauryn Hill.
Leah Cirker-Stark is a freelance photographer and videographer based in Somerville. Leah has a BFA in Photography from the Art Institute of Boston, and is the founder of Leah C-S Photography which not only acts as a platform for her amazing photographic range and talents, but also reflects her dreams in motion. Photography aside, Leah has a flair for playing music, and has had songs featured on the Songs Of Empowerment Project; a project that not only features a diverse range of artists aged 25 and under, but also helps raise money for Youth United for Global Action. Her piano playing has been influenced by a wide range of artists including Sylvan Esso and Bjork.
Joey Phoenix is a photographer, videographer, writer, and musician based in Salem, MA. Over her career, Joey has experimented with many different mediums, and has combined her passions for photography and pets into a successful venture, Salem Pet Photo. Joey has worked with Creative Salem and Creative Beverly both with her writing and her skills behind the camera. Joey’s piano and guitar work has been featured at a wide range of open mic nights as well in a share of headlining performances.