Sam Shaber

West Side Folk

Gaslight Gardens

$10 ($12 for under 21)From West Side Folk: New York City singer-songwriter Sam Shaber brings her folk-rock blend to Lawrence's Gaslight Tavern & Coffeehouse on Monday, May 10 at 7 p.m."Like a New York firecracker!" is how one fan described Sam Shaber in performance. Bringing the audience from laugher to tears and back again in one set, Shaber's live show has been repeatedly critically acclaimed. Folkweb.com calls her "a riveting performer," WXPN-fm in Philadelphia says Shaber is "Stark, raving, great!" and Femmusic.com voted her Top Female Performer. Shaber has also won awards in the John Lennon, Billboard, and USA Songwriting Competitions for her driving melodies, smart lyrics, and soaring voice. Recently, she also won the ear of Columbia recording artist/producer Shawn Mullins ("Lullabye") and the two set about making her latest album, eighty numbered streets released in 2003. The first single, "All of This," about the simplicity and complexity of life in New York City, reached #1 on the Quiznos Subs National In-Store Playlist, ("Well, you never know what you're gonna get," quips Shaber,) and both singles have placed on FMQB and the Hot AC charts. Daughter of late-screenwriter David Shaber, (Warriors, Nighthawks) and artist Alice Shaber, Sam's observer eye is keen in songs like "Bare," about the crowded nature of being on the road, "Simon Says," about the importance of personal responsibility in the wake of September 11, and "Rain and Sunshine" about the loss of a close friend in a car accident on her first tour.Her sharp wit also shines through on the same album in songs such as "When the Roses Run Dry," ("This is a cynic's love song," explains Shaber on stage,) "Tempting," about an apparently fabulous one-night stand, and the album's leading track and newest single, "Eldorado," a song about family and appreciating what you have: It's kinda silly/How something as big as New York City/Can be invisible when you're staring at your feet, sings Shaber in "a voice that can snap easily from a hoarse wail to a skyscraping falsetto."(Acoustic Guitar.) From dancing to Sgt.Pepper in her parent's living room when she was three to lip-synching to Hungry Like the Wolf in her bedroom at age 12, Shaber has come a long way. And in her live show, she brings her audience right along with her!

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