The Songbird Series brings you some of the best singer-song writers and women-fronted bands in NYC and beyond, once-a-month on Wednesdays at the Branded Saloon — great food, full bar, and the best bar staff anywhere, ever.
As always, house band DK & the Joy Machine warms things up with smart and quirky alt-folk and acoustic punk on Mountain dulcimer. Ganessa James brings acoustic rock and soul on guitar. Award-winning singer-songwriter, Chaney Sims, sweeps us off our feet with her soulful songs.
$8 ADMISSION + one drink minimum
*No one turned away and show your love to the artists! *
Thanks to the woman-owned FUNKADELIC STUDIOS for being our sponsors!
Show starts at 7pm- SHARP – runs to 10pm
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DK & THE JOY MACHINE
DK&theJoyMachine’s album, SHY ONE, has been described as “…very intense, colorful and diverse … a novel of sorts. Dark, light, humorous & humble. ” Her “quirky and smart” songs celebrate all the crucial things in life: unrequited love, falling in love with feral cats, and treating yourself with kindness. Known for her sultry, expressive voice, well crafted songs, and genre-blending, innovative work on mountain dulcimer—plucking, strumming, bowing and “rocking out” on this trad instrument, “DK”’s music is at turns evocative, moving and playful and fun.
Ganessa was born loving music. She probably started singing in the womb, harmonizing with her twin sister. As a child, Ganessa soaked up music like a sponge, singing all the time and eventually joining an acapella groups at school. At nineteen, she bought her first bass and learned how to play it. When she was twenty, she bought her first acoustic guitar, and learned how to play that. She started out playing open mics with her sister and then took a leap which led her to travel the country to play musicians like Saul Williams, Toshi Reagon, and across the Atlantic with Tamar-Kali.
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Chaney Sims is from Queens, NY and was raised listening to her parent’s collection of old school R&B, Soul, Blues, Jazz and Worksongs. Steeped in these musical traditions, Chaney is dedicated to sharing their significance; revamping classics to reflect her experiences as a queer woman of color; and telling her story. In 2013 Chaney was nominated for a GRAMMY award, as well as two Blues Music Awards, with the Heritage Blues Orchestra (H.B.O.) for their debut album, And Still I Rise, an international collaboration that honors African-American roots music. She has also received an Award of Distinction from the Fresh Fruit Festival for her performance in tribute to LGBTQ Jazz greats at Joe’s Pub. Currently, Chaney is touring with H.B.O., working on her solo album and compiling her daily haiku project #haiku365.