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NYC Show Update and PLUSH ROOM Date

 
Hi! NEW YORK CITY SHOW UPDATE Wow! I wanted to let you all know that I had a wonderful show last Sunday, July 9th at Don?t Tell Mama in New York City. Thanks to all of you enthusiastic folks who showed up on that hot, humid evening and cheered me on during my one hour show. I had the show videotaped (thanks Jim Vern!) and hope to have short clips up soon. Thanks, also, to those of you who bought CD's :-) I'll plan to head back East to do more shows this fall. Thanks to Kavita, Aparna, Todd, Chris, Rakesh, Sydney, Bill, Dred, Randy, Adam, Jeff, Jann, Jason, Terese, Jim, Nivi, Mom, Dad, Sylvia, Mike StJ, Anke and Mike O for all of your help - I could not have made this happen without your creative ideas and support. Set list: 1. Love Changes Everything 2. Being Alive 3. Someone to Watch Over Me 4. God Bless the Child 5. Meadowlark 6. The Nearness of You 7. The Power of Love 8. Summertime 9. When He Shines 10. With You 11. As If We Never Said Goodbye 12. (Encore) Then You Look at Me THE EMPIRE PLUSH ROOM: TICKET PURCHASE LINK I am very excited to announce my debut show at --The Empire Plush Room in San Francisco (at the York Hotel) --SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1st at 7pm --"The Power of Love: An Evening of Standards, Broadway and Power Ballads" Tickets are available now (for all of your early-bird planners like me) for $20 at http://tinyurl.com/p66xw ($25 at the door). Please help me spread the word about this show by forwarding the ticket link to your friends, colleagues and family throughout the Bay Area. Victoria Theodore will once again rock the keys for me on piano, http://vtmusicworks.com/. Thank you! Vandana

Octavia Lounge AND Martuni's

 
OK, So, I apparently really needed to sing A LOT tonight - eight songs! I started off ever so innocently at the Octavia Lounge around 7pm. I have to say that Bill Cooper and Barry Lloyd totally ROCK! If you like talent, then you need to come out to the next open mike they'll host on Sunday, July 2nd. I'll be there and will be singing songs to get ready for my debut show in New York City on July 9th at 7pm at "Don't Tell Mama" - 343 W 46th Street - 212-757-0788 (reservations). I sang five songs throughout the course of the night: -On My Own -When He Shines -Love Changes Everything -Then You Look At Me -The Power of Love Barry Lloyd was simply amazing both as a performer and as a pianist for all of us singers! I LOVED his accompaniement on all the songs I sang but his interpretation on "Love Changes Everything" and "The Power of Love" so moved me that I felt like piano and voice perfectly melded together. Thank you, Barry! It was wonderful to see Ellen, Valerie, Marilyn, Maria, Bob and Bruce and very nice to meet Linda! Thanks, also, to my new friend Dennis for showing up and then heading over to Martuni's with me where Katy rocked the keys! This lady can sing and play! At Martuni's, I sang -God Bless the Child -Saving All My Love for You (a Whitney Housoton song requested by that nice guy sitting at the piano. I had never sung this song before but I had a lot of fun!) -I Will Say Goodbye What a fun night! Take care, Vandana

Working on Some New Material

 
Hi, Back at Martuni's last night with my friend John to work on a few new songs before the July NYC show and also sang a few favorites. As always, this place is a lot of fun on any night of the week. Take care, Vandana

Great Open Mike at the Octavia Lounge

 
Hi, Once again, I had a blast at the bi-monthly open mike at the Octavia Lounge. Barry Lloyd and Bill Cooper host a wonderful night of song. There were so many talented singers this evening! Come on out to the next one on June 18th (father's day). I sang "As If We Never Said Goodbye" and "Then You Look at Me" - neither are available on either of my CD's :-) Take care, Vandana

Another Saturday Night Singing at Martuni's

 
Hi, Just showed up again for a fun night and sang three songs. Thanks to Mike from DC for hanging out tonight. Katy Stephan was amazing on piano - you should go out and check her out sometime - great voice, great pianist! I sang "Love Changes Everything", "The Power of Love" and "Being Alive." I can't wait to sing my heart out at my cabaret debut show in New York City on July 9th at 7pm :-)

Octavia Lounge Open Mike

 
Hi! I was so glad that it didn't rain on us (me and my friend Mike) during Bay to Breakers this morning. I decided to thank the weather gods and sing for them (anyone catch the reference from one of my songs????) . OK, it's late and I'm punchy :-) I sang at the bi-monthly Octavia Lounge Open Mike tonight for the first time. It's regularly hosted by the super, duper talented pianist, singer, actor and coach Barry Lloyd and Mr. Sassy himself, Bill Cooper. What a fun night! Loads of talented local singers sang wonderful songs in such a lovely dinner lounge. It was so nice to see so many familiar faces (Ellen, Tess, Marylin, Valerie, Bob, Bruce) and to meet so many new folks (Tino, Carly, Bill, Barry)! I sang -Love Changes Everything (from my new "Power of Love" CD) -Then You Look at Me (NEW SONG, new song, can we say new song?) -With You (title track from my first CD and a song I hadn't performed live since 1988!) Please come on by to the next one on Sunday, June 4th from 6:30pm - 10:30pm. Check out my calendar section for details and bring your friends out for a wonderful evening of songs we all love performed by an amazing group of local cabaret performers :-) Take care, Vandana

Impromptu Appearance at Martuni's

 
I snuck into Martuni's on Friday night and was spotted pretty quickly by Houston Allred (a wonderful pianist and singer) and ended up singing several songs: As If We Never Said Goodbye, Love Changes Everything and a bluesy rendition of God Bless the Child. I made some new friends and ended up seeing a few regular's the next night at opera singer Patricia Racette's jazz and standards cabaret show at the Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel. What a fun weekend and what a small world! I am really looking forward to seeing Patricia Racette in the San Francisco Opera's Madama Butterfly on May 27th (opening night). What a versatile and truly wonderful performer!

Martuni's Monthly Song Circle

 
Hi! I think I'm on a roll right now. My sister came out to Martuni's monthly song circle with me today and we had a blast! Sean Bart rocked the keys! This guy can really play the piano! I performed five songs this evening: As if We Never Said Goodbye When He Shines Love Changes Everything Then You Look At Me The Power of Love Take care, Vandana

SOLD OUT: "The Power of Love" Cabaret/Birthday Show at Martuni's

 
Hi! I am so excited! We had an amazing 75 minute show last night at Martuni's. All the seats were filled with smiling guests - another sold-out show! What a wonderful way to share my birthday. Guests were pleasantly surprised to receive a copy of my new "The Power of Love" CD as part of their ticket price. I was honored to have the supremely talented Victoria Theodore on piano last night - this lady sizzles on the keys! http://www.vtmusicworks.com. We ended the evening with a chocolate ice cream birthday cake. I'll post photos next week. SET LIST Love Changes Everything Being Alive Someone to Watch Over Me On My Own God Bless the Child Meadowlark The Nearness of You I Will Say Goodbye The Power of Love Summertime (a cappella) When He Shines Not While I'm Around ENCORES: As If We Never Said Goodbye Then You Look At Me

Project Homeless Connect 10 (PHC10)

 
Hi! Wow! It was such a pleasure to perform a 40 minute set at this important volunteer day at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The event was hosted by Mayor Gavin Newsom. Learn more about Project Homeless Connect at http://www.projecthomelessconnect.com/ Volunteer your time on June 9, 2006 and be a part of what makes San Francisco such a great place to call home: helping those in need. Being able to share the gift of music never felt so good! I especially want to thank the supremely talented Victoria Theodore for playing the keyboard for me today. You rock! SET LIST: The Power of Love Someone to Watch Over Me When He Shines Love Changes Everything The Nearness of You God Bless the Child As If We Never Said Goodbye Then You Look at Me And, we had a request from the audience during the middle of the set for "My Heart Will Go On - the Love Theme from the movie Titanic" We did it and I had to improvise the words for a good portion of the songs since I didn't know the words. I think of it as pulling an "Ella" when she forgot the words to "Mack the Knife" in Berlin in 1960. Remember that?? It's one of my favorite takes and it reminds me how important it is to be able to just go with the flow and have fun. Thanks to Kevin Marlatt, Blue Bear School of Music's Executive Director, for organizing our participation at this event. Take care, Vandana

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