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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! 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 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

Martuni's Monthly Song Circle

Hi, What a fun time! While the crowd was sparse (lots of rain kept many regulars away) those of us who were there had a great time! I sang two new songs, "As If We Never Said Goodbye" and "Then You Look at Me," and had enough time to sing my current fav "God Bless the Child." Thanks to James Campbell Jr. for playing piano today and to Ellen Nicholas for hosting the monthly song circle at Martuni's. Take care, Vandana

Top of the Mark, San Francisco

Hi folks, I had some fun this past Friday night (March 31, 2006). My friend Tony Lindsay, an amazing R&B/Jazz singer with soulful, buttery tenor vocals, sings with the Black Market Jazz Orchestra at the Top of the Mark some weeks. The band was kind enough to let me sit in and sing a bluesy version of my current favorite song from my new CD, "God Bless the Child." We rocked the house and it was so nice to see the entire dance floor full of people by the end of the song. It was a clear night (can you believe the rain stopped?) and the view from the 19th floor was to die for. Thanks to John for coming and taking that awesome photo in the photo section. Take care, Vandana

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