LIVE MUSIC: Brittany Ann Tranbaugh & Sadie Gustafson-Zook

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Brittany Ann Tranbaugh (pronounced TRAN-baw) is a Philadelphia-based songwriter whose queer Americana heartbreaker “Kiss You” won Song of the Year in the 2021 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Tranbaugh has been writing songs and playing shows as a side gig since she was a teenager, but in February 2023, at 31 years old, she finally quit her office job to pursue a full-time career in music. Her newest release is a self-titled EP produced by Grammy-winner Tyler Chester which showcases Tranbaugh in her new era: energetic, self-assured, surrounded by her beloved musical community, and more commanding as a vocalist and writer than ever before.
Every time Sadie Gustafson-Zook (pronounced GUST-of-sin Zook (rhyming with “book”) carves a linoleum block, sews a pencil case out of scraps, or admires the way the ink in her Pilot G-2 glides over her journal, she thinks, “I should be doing this all the time.” The act of creating something tangible is the air Sadie breathes. Her songwriting is the same- weaving an internal dialogue, the stories she tells herself, warm melodies and clever chords into something real, something she can physically feel with her hands and her throat. And chances are that you’ll be able to feel them too. Sadie’s songs have been endorsed by some of the most respected songwriting contests in the country, winning Kerrville Folk Festival’s 2022 New Folk Contest (as well as placing as a finalist in 2020), earning second place at the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest’s Songwriter Showcase, and winning first place at the NewSong + LEAF Songwriting Contest. Sadie has been featured on the Basic Folk podcast and on Folk Alley.

LIVE MUSIC: D. Janekey

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

D.Janakey’s folk songs ride the edge between autobiographical and transcendental story telling. Drawing comparisons to Prine & Paul Simon, these are songs that ring with life. They breath and sway, and then float away.” Thoughout his 9 years of playing live music Janakey has shared the stage with Dave Simmonette of Trampled by turtles, Mason Jennings, Ezra Bell, Haley Bonar, Boris Mccutchen,and Them Coulee Boys. Live session on Converge Radio.

LIVE MUSIC: Paul Hecht Trio

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Paul Hecht brings a wide musical curiosity and a commitment to jazz traditions in the piano/keyboard trio format. Hecht trained with musicians from Detroit and Chicago and now divides his time between Chicago and Eau Claire.

LIVE MUSIC: Mélange Trio

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Mélange is a trio of kindred spirits that intends to create an intimate, wholesome, and relaxing listening environment with soulful 3-part harmonies and gently grooving guitar. They feature Maggie Sills (vocals), Valerie Evans (vocals), and Emily Watkins (vocals/guitar). Mélange performs your favorite easy-listening hits, primarily in the genres of indie pop, folk rock, and classic country.

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