Host and founder Kim Lembo
present's «Grab 'Em By The Songs» the fourth Wednesday's of the month at Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave, Albany, California 94706
featuring women sharing songs in the round.
Emily Zisman is an unapologetic storyteller of the contemporary woman’s experience. She uses unabashed honesty and humor to punctuate the complexity of the entire escapade. Emily found her way to songwriting as an outlet for her struggles when she was studying to be an actress in New York City. Over time, she realized that songwriting and sharing her personal stories connected her more closely to her community than her attempts to be an actress. The more raw and candid her songs were, the more people seemed to be drawn in. So, she packed up and moved back to California to pursue writing more studiously. Hilarity and devastation continue to ensue, and so in turn does she.
Songwriter Deborah Crooks' lyric-driven and soul-wise music draws on folk, rock and Americana, and is often compared to Lucinda Williams and The Cowboy Junkies. Her music ventures into everything from funk and reggae to the blues, reflecting her expansive and eclectic tastes, a sound which has evolved over her years studying writing and poetics at The Naropa Institute, voice with Chloe Goodchild and Mysore V. Amba Prasad (India), and cowriting and collaborating with her Bay Area peers. She’s released several CDs and EPs oforiginal music, including 2016's Beauty Everywhere, the acclaimed 2013 release, Little Bird, and had her music featured on the PBS Series Road Trip Nation and Songwriters From the Fog Compilation V1. In 2014, she cofounded the Americana band Bay Station, which released its third record, Other Desert Cities, in April.
at a glance!
Francesca Lee graduated from Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in Liverpool, England with a B.A. Performing Arts (Music) degree in 2002 majoring in vocal performance and songwriting. In 2004 she moved to San Francisco and established herself in the Bay Area music scene as a versatile vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with folk, jazz and blues qualities paired with modern taste similar to artists like Eva Cassidy and Norah Jones. Francesca is also a staff show producer for Bread & Roses Presents, a nonprofit arts organization with a human services mission that brings hope, healing and joy through live music and the performing arts to people who are disadvantaged, marginalized, or otherwise isolated in diverse institutional settings in the San Francisco Bay Area.