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Blues & Roots Brunch: Erin Harkes
March 12 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Upper Room presents; Blues & Roots Brunch w/ Erin Harkes
The Blues & Roots Brunch is a musical brunch on the 2nd Sunday of every month located at The Upper Room in the Pearl Street Pub (59-61 North Pearl Street, Albany NY 12207). The Blues & Roots Brunch will feature some of the area’s best local blues artists along with a brunch buffet of varying breakfast and lunch items. 11am-2pm. For more detailed menu information call us at 518-694-3102
Erin Harkes Bio:
It’s hard to say exactly what Erin Harkes is. She’s a singer/songwriter. She’s a full time musician. She’s also a part time standup comedian. Whatever she is doing she is doing it on stage! Erin’s memories of being ignored as a child have resulted in her being addicted to performing, whether it be in front of thousands of people in a music venue, or singing the National Anthem at the grand opening of a refurbished Walmart. She is a self-proclaimed performance “whore” – meaning she will do anything to perform in front of an audience.
Erin’s musical influence started at a very young age. Hairbrushes became microphones. Stairs became stages. While friends were listening to Debbie Gibson and Tiffany tapes, Erin scoured her mother’s record collection for Fleetwood Mac and Creedence Clearwater Revival. She began writing her own songs at age 19 and has released four albums of original material since then. Her first CD was aptly titled “Bar Napkins and Magic Markers” due to the crude way the lyrics were jotted down during her college years.
Her music comes from triumphs over tragedy. Though sometimes somber there’s always a resounding theme of resilience. The power of her voice and the emotion that comes through her lyrics makes you want to sit and listen to every word. Erin’s lyrics tell stories of her life, sang through a big voice that’s often compared to Janis Joplin. Hearing Erin sing is a powerful experience that grabs anyone within earshot.
Erin’s spontaneity and willingness to perform won her a spot on “Battle of the Instant Bands” on the Jimmy Fallon show in April of 2010. Having only 20 minutes to prepare with an impromptu band made up of complete strangers, Erin won over both Jimmy Fallon and the studio audience by naming the band (“Fallon Angels”) and the song (“Free Jimmy”) – the band performed the song with Erin on vocals to an explosive audience response and easily won the contest.