List your band members and the instruments that they play:
Sara Elizabeth – vocals, guitar, ukulele, piano, banjo, mandolin, harmonica
Josh Schlabach – drums, hand percussion
Where are you from originally? If not from Buffalo, why are you here?
I am from Alden and Josh is from South Wales
What’s it like to perform in front of a crowd? Give me three words.
Fun, invigorating, fulfilling
When and why did you start playing?
I got my first guitar for my 9th birthday, just as something I wanted to try. Thank goodness I did!
What was the first tune that you remember “really” playing well?
Did music come naturally to you? Or were you driven to learn and play/sing? What sparked the passion?
Singing was a natural thing. I have memories of being 3 or 4 years old and making up songs to sing to my cat. But I was inspired to sing “for real” when watching the first season of American Idol when I was 9. Learning to play guitar was more of a challenge at first, but once had grown with that instrument, learning new instruments became a natural thing.
Are you schooled in music? From where?
Yes, I have a BA in Music from the University at Buffalo.
Which famous musician(s) do you admire?
So many! The Beatles, Ingrid Michaelson, Mumford and Sons, P!NK, Chris Thile, Death Cab For Cutie, Joni Mitchell..,
I always love Babeville – such a unique venue. I played at the Town Ballroom a couple years ago and it was amazing. I’d love to get back in there. I’m also looking forward to playing at Waiting Room and would like to play Pausa Art House.
What’s your day job?
Same as my night job – I’m a musician! Write, rehearse, record, repeat. I also teach guitar to future musicians.
How would you describe your music style? Influences?
I am influenced by great songwriters who have broken genre barriers, so that’s what I try to do myself. A little bit of indie, folk, pop, acoustic rock, and alternative can be found in each song, as well as my background in both classical and jazz.
Do you play/sing covers or all originals? Ar a combination of both?
If you could play/sing with one famous band (any time in history), what would that band be?
What are your strengths?
Knowing my own voice and what I can do with it. Also, writing melodically and rhythmically at the same time, using the instrument to my advantage.
What are your weaknesses?
Have you recorded a CD?
I’ve released an EP, “Darling, I’m Not Yours” and a full length album, “On the Rise”.
Where and when is your next gig(s) in the city?
Thursday, September 26 @ Iron Works – see Facebook – 49 Illinois Street, Buffalo, New York 14203 | 8pm-11pm
Babeville’s Ninth Ward, October 11th
My drummer Josh is one of the most talented and diverse (not to mention nicest) musicians I have ever met. He makes me a better musician and is a blast to play with!
Photo credit David Genco