Heather Mae &, Sarah Clanton

Pearl Street Warehouse Presents

Heather Mae &

Sarah Clanton

Katie Kuffel, Be Steadwell

Tue · October 16, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

This show is G.A.

Seating is limited and first come first serve.

Tables are meant to be shared.

Heather Mae &
Heather Mae &
Heather Mae:
It is rare to find an artist who startles your senses on many levels, engaging the part of your brain that makes you shake your hips, but also raise your fist in solidarity.

An imaginative lyricist with a powerhouse voice, Heather Mae is forging new ground with her newest album. Entitled “I AM ENOUGH”, the collection was dubbed a KickStarter Staff Pick within it’s first week, smashing through its $15,000 fundraising goal and on it’s official release date - June 10th, 2016 - peaked at #58 on the iTunes Pop Charts. All of this without the support of a label.

With producer Mark Williams (Sucker Punch Recording Co.) at the wheel, the collection of five songs is a bold breakout from her former years as a folk singer-songwriter strumming a ukulele. Mae breaks ground in “I AM ENOUGH” not only for her interesting indie-pop sound, but also for her musical take on touchy subjects ranging from LGBTQ discrimination, gender stereotypes, body image, and mental health issues. This is what sets Mae apart—she seeks to write music for those that need an anthem and doesn’t shy away from tackling topics not often heard in pop music.

“I see this record as a platform for change. Pop music with a mission.” says Heather. “I am inspired by artists who are able to combine both.”

The title track to her new album, ‘I Am Enough’ is an ode to body positivity and breaking away from self-imposed affliction to fit into what society defines as beautiful. ‘Wanderer’ and ‘No Poor Soul’ are reflections of Mae’s own experience of publicly coming out and the relief associated with finding love that accepts you just as you are—externally and internally. ‘Stand Up’ wraps up the entire record with its challenge to listeners to fight against intolerances that so many of us face, such as racism, sexism and other prejudices.

In the music video for 'Stand Up', which won Best Music Video in the Cinema Syster's Film Festival, Mae references the Black Lives Matter movement and the June 2015 SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage which destroyed DOMA.

After graduating in 2008 from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, directly afterwards she embarked on her first project entitled "One Year of Songs.” The collection was an ambitious project which involved writing and recording one song every day for a year. The record received local and national attention (Washington Post dubbed her songs "charming") as she toured the country in support of the project.

As her star began to rise, Mae was diagnosed with nodules on her vocal chords. With her future suddenly in limbo, she was forced to re-evaluate her career and life.

“I was told I would never sing again and I went through an introspective time. It was having to sit in silence that changed me. I hadn’t ever used my voice for good and that became my mantra as I recovered,” Mae says.

Heather realized she had never really written about the issues that meant the most to her.

She vowed that her new music would not only be different, but sincere and significant. In spite of some of her darkest days, Mae relearned how to sing. She took a step away from her previous folk-heavy style and her new sound is a unique fusion of indie-pop Tegan and Sara meets dynamic vocalist Etta James.

In 2017, Mae was dubbed the winner of Songwriter Showcase at the prestigious Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, CO. She will be returning in 2018 to play a full set on the main stage. Mae won 2nd place in the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, CO, was named the People's Choice Award winner of the Wildflower Festival's Singer-Songwriter Showcase in Richardson, TX, and landed an Official Showcase at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City. Last year, in 2016, Mae was selected as a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Competition, International Songwriting Contest, and Falcon Ridge Songwriter Showcase. Mae has been lucky enough to perform, work, open for, and study one-on-one with diverse talents such as Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls), Holly Near, Tom Paxton, Tom Goss (YouTube Performer/Musician), Danielle Ate the Sandwich (Youtube Comedian/Musician), Paul Pfau (The Voice S8), Rebecca Loebe (The Voice S1), Amy Speace, Daphne Willis, Paul Reisler, and Ron Browning (Carrie Underwood, Wynonna Judd).
Sarah Clanton
Sarah Clanton
The singer-cellist-songwriter strums, bows, picks, and taps through stories of hope and heart, pulling you into the moment by the collar and not letting go. Classically trained but now playing out of the “box,” Clanton’s vocals transcend from moonlit night to house on fire, with a tone that blends smoke with sunlight, landing somewhere between Nina Simone and Norah Jones.

After graduating Furman University in 2007 with a degree in Music and Communication Studies, Clanton stayed in Greenville, South Carolina and continued playing classically in orchestras, while touring with bands as a hired gun, working random jobs and teaching cello lessons. All the while exploring and finding her voice in non-traditional ways of playing and singing with her cello. When she was not on the road touring solo or appearing with artists like Edwin McCain, The David Mayfield Parade, Ben Sollee, Mindy Smith and Richard Leigh, Clanton was organizing a 19 week, Saturday solar powered festival called Music in the Woods. Her diligence caught the attention of the Cirque De Soilel who invited her to audition for a lead role right before deciding to finally make the move to Nashville in 2014.

Sarah's purple hair-tossing, sultry yet electric performances - an exercise in musical abandon - became audience favorites. In 2012 Clanton facilitated a successful Kickstarter campaign to record her first full length recording. Sarah’s first self produced project upon arriving to Nashville, a 2015 self-titled EP released included “Tequila,” an original co-write by Clanton, Tom Bettencourt, and Richard Leigh, made the Nashville Songwriters Association International Top 40 in January 2016.

After just two years in Nashville, Clanton signed a management deal with Torque Entertainment and a publishing deal with Writer’s Den Music group. In the spring of 2017 Sarah was selected as an Official Showcase Artist at the South Eastern Regional Folk Alliance in Montreat, North Carolina. This honor followed the 2017 releases “Middle Tree Studio Live,” a collection of originals, and a summer of video collaboration covers like “The Less I Know The Better” and “Chained to the Rhythm” with Nataly Dawn or “One Step Closer” with Heather Mae. In December No Depression and Elmore Magazine premiered her latest single “Silver Lining,” a song co-written with Mary Bragg, championing construction conversation.

2018 is looking like another year of adventure for Clanton as she finishes crafting and recording a new incarnation of her honey-and-thunder sound for a 2018 full length release.
Katie Kuffel
Katie Kuffel
Katie Kuffel is a tongue-in-cheek, Seattle-based musician smashing the piano in a manner that's not quite blues, not quite folk, and not quite like anything you've heard before. With songwriting that is both innovative and thoughtful, she explores community, feminism, and her personal experiences as an advocate against sexism and violence, with a contemporary sound that supports turbulent, poetic lyrics.

Classically trained in the cello, Katie began songwriting at an early age, composing original works with her instructors when her family inherited an old, upright piano (now housed in her Seattle apartment). She has since expanded to incorporate vocal looping and ukulele in her music. Katie stands by her belief that an artist is only as successful as their community, and strives to collaborate, support, and create opportunities for other Seattle-area musicians.

Katie has been featured as the musical act in popular podcast Welcome to Nightvale, and in PopMatters as one of the ‘best musical hopes to break out on 2016.'

In the words of author Adam Finley:
Pearls sounds like alternate-reality Regina Spektor, heavily steeped in the Pacific Northwest with bright piano and a gorgeous voice gliding, rich and effortless, through craftily constructed songs that balance whimsy and self-awareness.

Pearls is available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp, and Katie can be found performing at venues throughout the country.

In 2016 Katie organized, recruited, composed, and crowd-funded the Fremont Abbey Sessions, a local, community-driven music and video recording project highlighting Seattle’s musicians, talent, spaces, and resources.
Be Steadwell
Be Steadwell
Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington DC. A blend of soul, acapella and folk-Be calls her music QUEER POP. In her live performances, she utilizes looping, vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be's original music features earnest lyricism, and Affirming LGBTQ content.​



As she pursued her career in music, she began a career in film. Shooting and editing her own music videos, Be combined her love of music with narrative film. Her film Vow of Silence received awards at film festivals around the world, including Black Star, QWOCMAP, and Fringe Fest UK. This year, Issa Rae Featured vow of Silence in her Short Film sundays Series. After receiving a BA at Oberlin College, Be completed her MFA in film at Howard University in 2014.


Be has shared stages with fellow artist Activists Big Freedia, Nona Hendryx, Nikky Finney and Gina Yashere. In 2017 Be sang at The Women's March on the National Mall behind Maxwell and Janelle Monae in Toshi Reagon's Big Lovely Band. In may 2018 Be released her newest album "Queer Love Songs".
Venue Information:
Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC, 20024
http://www.pearlstreetwarehouse.com/