Katie Kuffel is a tongue-in-cheek, Seattle-based musician smashing the piano in a manner that’s not quite blues, not quite folk, and not quite like anything you’ve heard before. With songwriting that is both innovative and thoughtful, she explores community, feminism, and her personal experiences as an advocate against sexism and violence, with a contemporary sound that supports turbulent, poetic lyrics. Katie began songwriting at an early age, composing original works with her instructors when her family inherited an old, upright piano (now housed in her Seattle apartment). She has since expanded to incorporate vocal looping and ukulele in her music.
Katie’s band blends soul, pop, and blues to create an intense and engaging experience for audiences. Together with drummer Jordan Wiegert and bassist Jon Robinson, the trio enchants and enthralls through groove, feel, and straight up charisma. There’s an undeniable flow and energy to their live show you won’t want to miss.
Heather Mae and Sara Clanton
HEATHER MAE: Three powerful words and the title track to Heather Mae‘s sophomore effort, “I AM ENOUGH” is an ode to body positivity and breaking away from self imposed affliction to fit into what is “beautiful”. The album became a Kickstarter staff back within its first week, peaking at #58 on the iTunes Pop Charts. Following her debut release, Mae had been diagnosed with nodules on her vocal chords. Through a difficult recovery, she vowed that her new music would be sincere, significant, fearless. Heather has since been on a journey of creative liberation, breaking ground within an inventive indie pop sound (think Sara Bareilles, meets Tegan and Sara, meets the vocal tenacity of Etta James) and taking on important subjects like LGBTQ discrimination, gender stereotypes, body image, and mental health. “I see this record is a platform for a change. Pop music with a mission,” declares Heather Mae. Dubbed “the new queer Adele” by L-Mag, Heather Mae won the 2017 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriter Showcase in Lyons, CO and has opened and shared the stage for acclaimed musical artists such as Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls), Holly Near, Chris Pureka, Tom Goss, Be Steadwell, and Danielle Ate the Sandwich.
SARAH CLANTON: Part comedy, part concert, Sarah Clanton’s “speakeasy pop’icana” show is a cellobration of the unexpected. The singer-cellist-songwriter strums, bows, picks, and taps through stories of hope and heart, pulling audiences right into the moment. Classically trained but now playing out of the “box,” Clanton’s vocals transcend from moonlit night to house on fire, with a tone that blends smoke with sunlight, landing somewhere between Amy Winehouse and Norah Jones.
“We Belong” Sarah’s latest single and official music video release have set the stage for a full length record (due late October 2018) that has collaboratively evolved from a self care journey, through conversations and good company, through mindfulness and gratitude. The result? Music with a sense of “feel good.” (Disclaimer: this music make encourage or induce anxiety reducing sensations that come with keeping with the present moment.)