CU Folk & Roots and CU Singer Songwriter Collective Present Elaine Romanelli

Elaine RomanelliAs part of the Champaign-Urbana Singer/Songwriter Collective, Nightjar Promotions, in conjunction with the Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival, will host singer/songwriter/pianist Elaine Romanelli, a nationally touring independent solo artist, at The Clark Bar, 207 W. Clark St., Champaign, IL, on Thursday March 14, 2013, at 7:00 pm. Romanelli’s songs are folk/pop stories in a line stretching from Joni Mitchell, with a touch of Alison Krauss, and a hint of Celtic lilt.

Romanelli travels coast to coast with her keyboard, playing about a hundred shows a year at house concerts, listening rooms, festivals, and more. Her latest album, Real Deal, has played on folk, college, and syndicated public radio, and her next album is due out in late 2013.

In addition to her own recordings, Elaine has contributed to chart-topping albums by other folk artists, including Marci Geller, Mara Levine, and SONiA/Disappear Fear.

Now based in NYC, Elaine is originally a fellow m Midwesterner, raised in the “Little Apple” (Manhattan, KS). For free music, videos, and more, visit her website.

Opening for Romanelli will be The Flower Jax, featuring local, upcoming song writer, Kenna Mae Reiss and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Strand from the popular local band The Curses.

Daughter of famed local drummer Kenny Reiss, Kenna Mae burst onto the scene last year with her debut performance at the 2012 Champaign/Urbana Folk & Roots Festival, performing in the C/U Singer-Songwriter Collective Showcase, as well as the Nightjar Promotions’ showcase at Black Rock Pizza. She is a veteran stage performer, and is currently studying Theatre Arts at Parkland College, where she is also the vocalist for the Parkland Jazz Ensemble. Kenna also had a significant supporting role in the recent local film “Scary Normal,” which also featured some of her music. Kenna’s powerful songs and haunting performances have garnered much acclaim over the past several months, with many noting that she could be the next big artist to break through from Champaign to the national spotlight.

Chris Strand is a well-noted musician in his own right, leading such popular bands as The Curses, Ol’ Number 7, and Wagon Fire, as well as two fantastic duos: The Flower Jax and The Flask Brothers (featuring Phil Alley). Chris originally hails from Rockford, but has become a seminal force in the Champaign/Urbana music scene, performing almost nightly in one incarnation or another.

This concert is sponsored by the CU Folk & Roots Festival and the CU Singer Songwriter Collective.

$5 at the door.