JUNE 4 | 8 PM
Cochran Mill Nature Center Pavilion
6300 Cochran Mill rd.
SWEAR & SHAKE
For a moment the room is silent, hanging on to a heart-wrenching ballad. Then, in just a few chords the crowd is swept back on their feet again, dancing, smiling and getting lost in the energy emanating from this dynamic band. Kari Spieler’s voice, rich in tone and powerful in delivery, weaves through her and Adam McHeffey’s collaborative songwriting and guitar playing. Shaun Savage’s creative output on the bass guitar (and often three-part harmony) makes the partnership of story and sound complete. Collectively these artists, known as Swear and Shake, bring an experience to the stage—a combination of truthful lyrics; passionate performance, and an easy acoustic narrative.
“I’ve only seen a few artists bring a room to a hush, only to have their audience whooping and hollering moments later, and these four talented Yankees have joyfully mastered their ability to do so. By the end of the first song, we were out of our seats and upfront. Strangers instantly became neighbors as the entire venue was swept up in the action.” – The Blue Indian
Perhaps the energy the audience absorbs comes from the long history band members Kari, Adam, and Shaun share. From their early days writing from Brooklyn bedrooms to their current home of Nashville, TN, these artists have grown together personally, professionally and sonically. Their history has inevitably influenced their musical journey, and their performance invites fans to become a part of it.
The powerful presence of Swear and Shake has landed them shows directly supporting a number of notable acts, including The Lumineers, and our current favorite live band, Delta Rae, American Authors, G. Love and Special Sauce, and ZZ Ward.
Influenced and covering the likes of Sam Smith, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. Come on out and see what “Big Hook Americana” is all about!
SPECIAL GUEST: SYDNEY RHAME
“When you hear Sydney Rhame sing, you don’t just hear the song, you feel it intensely. Even at such a young age, she’s already a super star, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her,” Pharrell Williams, artist, producer, judge of “The Voice”
At 17 years old, singer-songwriter Sydney Rhame has already spent over half her life writing songs and performing before more than 250 audiences across the country. She is an accomplished guitarist/pianist and has sold out headlining shows as well as shared the stage with many well-known national touring acts.
A prolific songwriter in the acoustic pop-rock genre, Sydney’s body of work includes more than 150 original songs thus far. All ages – young and old – can relate to her songwriting and she is never afraid to bare her unique soul to her audience. Her mature, insightful lyrics coupled with her strong, soulful voice have garnered her much media attention as well as numerous national and regional awards. She was recently a member of Team Pharrell on Season 9 of the hit NBC show “The Voice,” where she made quite an impact and garnered new fans all over the world. She is currently in the studio working on her fourth CD and is looking forward to graduating from high school this year.