Fri 27th September, 20198:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
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Sari’s “overnight” success comes after years trudging the rugged road of life of the hard-working Blues woman. From her humble beginnings, working the music scene in the legendary fierce South Bronx of New York and on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, to live performances at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, alongside TV shows like Conan O’Brian.
New York-based Sari Schorr initially gained prominence throughout the blues world after several years of touring the US and Europe with Blues legend, Joe Louis Walker and renowned guitarist, Popa Chubby. Schorr was recently inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.
In Memphis in January 2015, a chance meeting with legendary record producer Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Peter Green) moved Sari’s career in a more exciting direction. Within 5 minutes of hear Sari sing he offered to produce Sari’s debut record. Through Mike’s connection Sari was immediately signed to the UK’s leading Rock/Blues label – Manhaton Records.
Sari has produced 2 albums, her debut album “A Force Of Nature” and now “Never Say Never”. Never Say Never was mixed in Atlanta Georgia by highly regarded producer Tom Tapley( Elton John, Blackberry Smoke, Counting Crows) Both albums have received universal critical acclaim for her blustery vocals and emotionally-charged performances.
In the last 2 years Sari formed her own band, and has toured extensively throughout the USA & Europe. Sari has been described by many music pundits as a modern-day hybrid of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner – a red-hot rock singer who radiates emotional intensity, connects with and inspires her audiences, and leaves a lasting impression that’s larger than life. In a review of her latest album, one respected music wrote “You could very easily run out of superlatives to describe what must be one of the best female voices about right now.”
Sari’s travels have taken her from festivals as far as Nevada in the south of the USA to Ottawa in the north, to the mountains of Switzerland. Key festivals for Sari were playing the famous Ottowa Blues Festival, in front of 25,000 people, alongside Tom Petty, and in Europe playing the world famous Montreux Jazz Festival.
After watching one of these performances, another music critic wrote:-
“Sari Schorr is one of the best contemporary blues-rock singers in the world.”
Sari mixes a passion for music and with a duty of social responsibility. She has devoted her talent and energy to music projects of a grand scale for humanitarian causes. Most notable is her work on a “Toast to Freedom” for Amnesty International, where she collaborated with many musical legends including Warren Haynes, Levon Helm, Keb Mo’, Taj Mahal, Eric Burdon and Carly Simon. Sari’s humanitarian efforts include work in Haiti and India. She founded “Matters” – a non-profit that draws attention to humanitarian causes through the arts.
Sari is a marathon runner, animal rights activist, and aspiring vegan. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and rescued pit bull triplets.
Mike Ross (Solo)
‘Music is evidence of the migratory nature of the species. The ever-evolving Celtic roots of Americana pulse with assured melancholy through the songs of Mike Ross. New album The Clovis Limit Pt.1 revers to the earliest Native American penetration of the New World, before trains and tall ships on unquiet seas ripped newer trails. Recorded in Nashville, mixed in Sussex, Mike reforges these song-lines. Every single explanation has its truth. He’s every molecule the part – not that he wears his heart on his sleeve. Following Spindrift (2014) and the snappy, contagious Jenny’s Place (2018), this sixty-one minute collection of ten new songs made from piss, vinegar and tiny bits of stars works as high-grade-truck-stop-diner-toe-tappers.
There’s nautical narrative ‘Lee Of The Bay’ and the Elles Bailey duet ‘Pick Up Our Anchor’ – smooth enough to smooch to, hard enough to tear your soul. The aching guitar on ‘Blow Away’ is sympathetically reinterpreted by glistening pedal steel and mournful fiddle. There’s some down home soul on ‘Grow In Your Garden’, a hint of sweet nostalgia and country yesterdays, and the stray-cat crawl of spin-off single ‘Young Man’. These are new songs in eternal guises’
Andrew Darlington RNR Magazine May 2019
Passionate and intoxicating, Mike blazes his own unique trail – fusing his love and command of blues and roots music to create a unique blend. Since his re-emergence to the circuit in 2015 he has charged up the ranks to stand with the best known names in the UK blues and roots rock scene.
A Monster Toned Space Blues Monolith! – Blues In Britain
Born and raised in the Great North but living these days down in the Southland with a steady mind and a thoroughbred plan, Mike writes soul wrenching songs that will make you desperate to share the tale of his life’s journey and the lessons he’s learned.
“hypnotic blues that revel in dark menace” – Planet Rock Magazine
This winding road leads from England to Europe before jumping the Atlantic to New York, detouring way down south to Memphis and New Orleans via Clarksdale Mississippi and Nashville Tennessee, soaking up every scent and sound along the way before fetching up on the shores of Sussex with a lifetimes worth of tales to share.
“This lad from the far North East has distilled the essence of the Deep South and West Coast of America” – Blues In Britain
Mike takes listeners on a uniquely detailed and image packed history tour of the history of the music of the music he loves to play, with influence taken from the whole range of 20/21st century American music – beginning in the Mississippi Delta and ending up right back in the present moment with his powerful emotive voice and intoxicating virtuosic guitar playing carrying you every inch of the way.
“Fuzzed up, fierce and full frontal fiery attack coupled with sexy, smooth slidin’, southern soul!” – Mojo Magazine
To experience Mike playing solo or with his band egging him on is to see why one reviewer declared him ‘burnt in blues & soaked in soul’.
His first solo album, the Americana-tinged ‘Spindrift’ was released to critical acclaim and reveals an introspective side to Mike’s songwriting and performing. The next album, “Jenny’s Place”, boasts a fuller and more muscular set of performances, described by one writer as “modern contemporary music, crossing and melding genres” and by another as “A classic 21st-century album full of 20th-century soul.”
“Mike is clearly a cut above, a genuinely superior exponent of the form” – Blues Matters