Songwriter Showcase 1/26!

Maddy and Me this Thursdee

Folks! Madeline Tasquin and I have been circling each other musically and in proximity for years. So I decided to make the first move and invite her to join me for the Songwriter Showcase.

I’m so excited to be able to share a stage and share some stories with her and with you all.

“Canadian-Californian songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Madeline Tasquin is a well-rounded performer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who has extensive experience touring locally, regionally and internationally both as a solo artist and bandleader. she has collaborated or recorded with an impressive list of acts including Tea Leaf Green, Fantastic Negrito, Panic is Perfect, Beats Antique and Whiskerman, and internationally with Les Gars d’en Bas in France and Furia in Belgium.”

I also know that Maddy has been an integral part of the local Fleetwood Mac Cover Band, Fleetwood Macrame.

So do yourselves all a favor and plan to join us on Thursday 2/26 for some sweet songs and story-sharing.

New Year New Showcase!

Featuring Teacher Barb Music!

I’m so excited to continue the Songwriter Showcase at Blush! Wine Bar in the Castro in 2023.

My first guest is Barb Murphy! I’ve featured Barb before and am so happy to have her back. Her songs are delightfully singable and she always leaves me feeling like I have been following through with my gratitude journal for a solid few months straight.

Life is sweet with a little Teacher Barb! Come practice self-care and gratitude with us!

Thursday, 1-12 from 7-10pm

At Blush! Wine Bar!

A Post on Medium About Middle Aging

When I was a pre-teen, my parents both had their “OVER THE HILL” birthdays. At that time, this meant that they were 40 years old and officially middle-aged. Seriously, mylar balloons and everything.

At that time, they had moved into their second house with their three children and together were operating a private optometry practice in town.

I’ll be 42 in three days. At this time, I have a halfway-inhabited studio apartment in Potrero Hill. I have a part-time job in a warehouse/art space and the rest of the time I’m performing my songs for people in bay area bars, trying to convince people that my experience is still relevant.

I do not say this from a place of sadness or self-pity. It is strictly a fact. If you were to ask me how I feel about it, given the current state of the economy and how artists (female, single, middle-aged artists) are valued in society, I’d tell you (and MEAN it), that I’m solidly still growing and feeling appropriately successful, all things considering. But I’m beginning to become acutely aware that society no longer sees me and my experience in this space as relevant.

But you don’t have to read about it here. Have the auto reader on Medium read it to you while you multitask! I know you are, we ALL are bitch! That’s why we are surviving!! GET IT!!

READ HERE

Love you!!!

EmZis

THIS WEEK AT THE SONGWRITER SHOWCASE!

Don’t Miss This Powerhouse!!

Kim Lembo is a Bay Area blues singer, songwriter and producer. After recording 4 albums in the 90’s and early 2000’s with indie label Blue Wave Records, as well as French labels Sky Ranch and Blues Tone, (subsidies of Virgin Records), she set off for the Bay Area and established herself as a West Coast talent.

They said it best:

Blues Revue magazine: “She possesses the kind of harnessed electricity that would blow the doors down in a packed Blues joint on a Saturday night.

Living Blues magazine: “With careful phrasing and a gritty edge, Kim Lembo is a force to be reckoned with.”

This Thursday, Dec 8th at Blush Wine Bar from 7-20pm, I’ll be trading songs with Kim. I’m stoked and hope you will make some time to join us.

LIVESTREAM with SINGACOUSTIC!

Live On-Line at Singacoustic!

This thrill ride snuck right up on me!

I’m so stoked about this. I get a rare opportunity to perform a live online set from a pro-fesh-un-al recording studio Skyline Studios in Oakland. Not only that, but I get the distinct honor of joining songwriters Tom Rhodes and Erik Yates (of Hot Buttered Rum) for the evening.

There will be interviews and maaaaaaybe some collaborations. Who knows! Tune in to find out!

This Friday, 12.2.22, go to www.hotmittens.com at 6:30 pm for a warm and cozy musical hang with us.

Muah!

<3 EmZis

SAVE THE DATE: NOV 26!

Anna Laura Quinn headlines the Lost Church in North Beach and I get to warm the stage for her!

I’m so excited about this show! I’ve known Anna Laura Quinn for many years and this is the first time I get the honor of opening up a show for her at The Lost Church‘s new location in North Beach, San Francisco.

There are so many reasons to come to this show: First of all, Anna Laura’s masterful vocal performance and sweet, welcoming energy and warmth will make you feel all of the love. Second of all is that I get to sing you my original tunes and tell some tales of my own as well. Thirdly, we maaaaaay be doing some harmonious singing together as a treat 😉 AND The Lost Church is one of the more enchanting and intimate venues in the city.

It’s a great way to spend your time digesting the Thanksgiving offerings from a few nights before. Bring your family, relax with some refreshments, and make sure you catch Anna Laura before she heads back to New Orleans!

Tickets HERE!

See you THERE!

Songwriter Showcase 11/10!

This Thursday my guest is singer-songwriter Chris James.

“Singer-songwriter Chris James has a reputation for performing several hours a night, with original songs that sound like covers, and cover songs that sound as good as the originals.  His rich vocals and honest writing style tug at the heartstrings with a soulful grit and emotion that gives even his most tender pieces a rock n’ roll edge. James strives to put forth well-crafted, memorable songs with an unbridled spirit brought to light.”

Make some plans to be entertained and drink some yummy wines at Blush! Wine Bar from 7-10pm this Thursday 11.10.22.

Muah!

EmZis

10/13 Songwriter Showcase!!

Coming up on October 13th, I’ll be joined by the soul-stirring Bobby Jo Valentine.

Bobby Jo Valentine is a multi-faceted and sought-after speaker, songwriter and storyteller who grew up on the windy seaside of Northern California.

He’s been called a hopeful, realist poet and a musical philosopher for the people. His songs are both earthbound and mystical, and speak to the gentle, everyday awakenings of an openhearted life.

I’ve known Bobby Jo for many years, and he has always been such a beautiful reminder to me that the power of well-crafted storytelling is inescapable.

His vulnerability and openness make him a truly unique and captivating performer.

Bring your ma, tell your friends, and heckle us over various varietals.

Mark your calendars and see you on the 13th!

9/22 Songwriter Showcase!!

THIS THURSDAY, Sept 22, I’m joined by the fabulous Amber Lee Baker!

If you’ve ever attended the Cotati Accordion Festival or have been a fan of accordion music in the Bay Area in general, then you will certainly recognize this bawdy beauty!

“With two albums and multiple tours under her belt, she’s found a fun niche scene as part of the Accordion Babe Pin-Up Calendar revolution, entertaining audiences all over the Bay Area of San Francisco.

Her style has been described as Folk Cabaret and Bawdy Singer-songwriter. A little bit show-tune, a little bit blues, and a little bit folky rock-n-roll – and a whole lot of soulful fun!”

Come on out to Blush! Wine Bar for an evening of song-sharing and storytelling.

Bring your ma, tell your friends, and heckle us over multiple multipulcianos or merlots.

See you Thursday!

Songwriter Showcase Sept 8!

With special guest Francesca Lee!

For the past 6 months or so, I’ve been coordinating a Songwriter Showcase at Blush Wine Bar in the Castro district of San Francisco. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been gifted a regular spot at this neighborhood establishment to design however I like. So I decided to carve out a space for my fellow songwriters and storytellers, and so far it’s been a complete blast.

My calendar is up to date with all of the upcoming showcase dates and guests for the rest of the year, so please check it out and mosey on over when you have a Thursday evening available.

This week I am so excited to invite Francesca Lee! Francesca is a San Francisco-based singer-songwriter specializing in Introspective Dream Pop. Think Fiona Apple meets Jeff Buckley. Merging elements of Folk, Jazz Pop, Electronica, and Indie Rock. Her single ‘Paper Hearts’ is available on iTunes.

Additionally, Francesca is a songwriting coach, having taught workshops at the Freight and Salvage, and also teaches guitar and piano lessons.

She is also a music coordinator for Bread & Roses, a local non-profit that specializes in bringing live music to underserved communities.

I guarantee we are all in good hands with her and I, personally, cannot wait to swap songs with her. See you at BLUSH!