Rachael Yamagata (Night 2 of 2)

2nd Show Added By Popular Demand!

Rachael Yamagata (Night 2 of 2)

Craig Stickland

Wed · March 14, 2018

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Rachael Yamagata
Rachael Yamagata
"Finally the heir to Bonnie Raitt." - Ann Powers, NPR Music

"Restoring female pop's good name." - Philadelphia Inquirer

"Rachael's voice is so soulful that it could inspire a tiger to chuff, an elephant to trumpet and whales to sing." - Gregory Colbert

Rachael Yamagata is not your ordinary singer/songwriter. Yes, she has released numerous albums; had record label deals; toured the world multiple times with sell-out concerts; built a loyal and ever-growing fan base; earned her place as a media 'darling'; made appearances on Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Carson Daly, "30 Rock," "One Life to Live" and "The O.C."; been an NPR profiled artist; made a cameo appearance as herself in Sony Pictures' To Write Love on Her Arms; had song placements in hit TV shows including "NCIS: New Orleans," "Vampire Diaries," "Grey's Anatomy," "Alias," "How I Met Your Mother," and in and Hollywood movies including "Hope Springs," "Prime," "Monster-in-Law," and "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"; been nominated Best Female Vocal by the Chicago Music Awards (2012); opened for artists including Patti Smith, David Gray, and Pete Townsend; and performed at venues including Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, SXSW, Austin City Limits, Glastonbury, and Bonnaroo.

But there's so much more...

Rachael has performed with Bette Midler and Sheryl Crow at Senator Harry Reid's 2008 fundraiser for President Obama; at the White House Cherry Blossom Festival for First Lady Michelle Obama; twice at Deepak Chopra's Sages and Scientists Symposium; as part of the R.E.M. tribute concert; with Steve Earle and Allen Toussaint for the Woodie Guthrie tribute; collaborated with artists including Toots and the Maytals, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Conor Oberst, Jason Mraz, and Katherine McPhee; and Australia's "The Voice" winner Karise Eden reached #1 with Rachael's song "You Won't Let Me." She's toured with many of said artists, as well as The Swell Season, Sara Bareilles, Amos Lee, Liz Phair, and more. Rachael was invited by the White House to take part in its Official White House 'Tweet Up' in the West Wing with fans, and was one of Chopra's music playlist selections featured on Oprah Winfrey's website.

Artist/filmmaker/photographer Gregory Colbert, best known for his acclaimed project "Ashes and Snow" which, to date, is the most attended solo exhibition by any living artist in history, asked Rachael to be a guest vocalist on his upcoming project.

Rachael and John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood) covered director Robert Altman song "Let's Begin Again" featured in the opening scene and end credits of the documentary, "Altman" (2014). Medeski said, "Rachael blew my mind with her performance. She's a natural jazz singer."

Fans span the spectrum from 14-year-old girls to 65-year-old men, from spiritual healers, helicopter pilots, and military women, to hostage negotiators, heads of television networks, and single mothers. Rachael continually hears from fans that her music helped them through something in their life. Famed Korean photographer Jungman Kim calls Rachael 'his muse' and writer/journalist/ broadcaster Katherine Lanpher cites Rachael as the only twice invited guest of the Barnes & Nobel series, "Upstairs at the Square" (with novelist Alaa-Al-Aswany, "The Yacoubian Building" and Bill Clegg, "Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man" and "90 Days").

On the business front, Rachael was a guest speaker at 2013 Chicago Ideas Week, and profiled in two separate Topspin Berklee School of Music marketing classes with her Pledge Music DIY campaigns being used as part of the course curriculum.

Rachael breaks the mold of the singer/songwriter stereotype, and the DIY indie-artist model as, for the past four years she has be working without management representation.

CD releases to date include "Heavyweight" EP (2012), "Noisetrade Mixtape" (2012), "Chesapeake" (2011), "Elephants" (2008), "Loose Ends" EP (2007), "Live at the Loft" (2005), "Happenstance" (2004), and "Rachael Yamagata: EP" (2001).

Her latest album, currently titled "Tightrope Walker," is slated for a fall 2015 release. It showcases her calling card ability to articulate humanity's struggles within relationships and the freedom that comes from celebrating that which we face alone and head on. The production is riskier and cinematic -- think Tom Waits meets Roberta Flack, Nick Cave hanging with Rufus Wainwright. Rachael confounds a labeled genre and instead embraces the production that serves the story. The paradox of her art mirrors that of her career and proves that we are never simplistic, but always full of surprises.
Craig Stickland
Craig Stickland
Craig Stickland’s name may be rather new to the music loving masses, but for most of his young adult life he has dedicated his time, energy and abundant talent as a songwriter and performer into developing a reputation as an edgy, engaging artist, with an easy, approachable charm, and a host of memorable, powerfully evocative songs.

He also possesses an impressive touring pedigree going back to his days as a member of the alt-rock band We Are The Take, and most recently playing guitar for Alessia Cara on Coldplay’s “Head Full of Dreams” tour.

As a solo artist, Stickland has been consumed with perfecting his ability to create songs which have an emotional authenticity that borders on the sublime. For years he has worked tirelessly at the piano or his guitar searching for just the right sound, and the right voice to set him apart from the cacophony of singer songwriters currently on the scene. The result is that when audiences hear him sing, there is an unmistakable sense that Stickland’s songs are designed to connect all who are listening.

“I truly pride myself on making sure that my songwriting is world class. I have been devoted to writing and my craft and really honing every aspect of my career including my live performance. My goal is to aspire to be one of the biggest and best artists in the world, and to have a career that has depth and longevity. I love what I do, and I am in this for the long haul,” said Stickland, a native of Richmond, British Columbia who moved to the suburbs of Toronto when he was a toddler.

Woodshedding new material for a couple of years after relocating to the music industry Mecca of Los Angeles, Stickland relaunched himself into the centre of the music universe with the release of his EP Leave Me to the Wild in early 2016.

“I have spent a lot of time learning about engineering and producing so that I can get the sound that I am looking for. I want to be in a position where my demos are about 90 per cent ready,

and then bring in an outside producer who can elevate the songs and add that extra 10 per cent to make them as good as they can possibly be,” Stickland said.

“I believe it’s important for me to be a songwriter first, a singer second and a musician third, because the songs are what people remember.”

Stickland is starting 2017 off with a bang, heading out on a cross-Canada tour with Canadian alt-rock pioneer Matthew Good, and the release of a new single called “Warning”.

“I have always worked to support my music. When I was 22 I was working as a bartender and decided I wanted to get proficient on piano. So I enrolled in the Royal Conservatory of Music to learn how to play classical piano. I played four hours or more a day before going into work and got pretty good in a short period of time. I play piano and guitar pretty well and can sing. I bartered with other artists who needed band members, working a deal where I could open for them with my original act and then play alongside them on guitar or keys. It was a great way for me to be exposed more to the music industry and to get lots of great experience I might not otherwise get just working the local club scene,” he asserted.

Stickland’s rugged good looks and rock n roll image landed him a rockstar role in Diesel’s new brand campaign, in addition to a lead role in the Verizon Go90’s dark new music series “Lost Generation” alongside co-star Kate Findlay (How To Get Away With Murder, The Killing). But for Stickland, acting and modeling are a means to an end.

“Music is my life and my passion and always has been. It’s so ingrained in my life that I can’t picture myself ever not playing music. It’s therapy for me, it’s meditation. It’s like nothing else”, he said.
Venue Information:
Moroccan Lounge
901 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA, 90012