sami.the.great & French Camp at Mercury Lounge.


Sami Akbari, known musically as sami.the.great, is driven by her overwhelming desire to write and play music. She frequented open mic nights in college, often taking home cash prizes for her highly anticipated performances. She moved to New York City two weeks after receiving her degree in 2005, and quickly began landing gigs at local venues. Her recent EP, Nothing Left to See, features five original songs written by Sami and a cover of Sting's "Roxanne." The disc not only reveals the trajectory of Sami's songwriting career, but also her deft combination of emotion and wit, of melancholy and humor. Like her live show, the album reflects the notion that great things come in small packages and showcases a small-framed singer whose impassioned voice fills the spaces and lives around her. Now Sami, who performs both on piano and guitar, hopes to expand her sphere of influence beyond New York City, where she has become a formidable force in the music scene. Her songs generate a kinship with their listener, building a connection between the themes of her songs and the lives of her audience.
One benefit of growing up in Mississippi is learning to tell a good story; another is being exposed to a lot of good music. Native Mississippian Owen Beverly pulls the influences of Blues, Gospel, Country music and Elvis into a modern sound that is all his own. From the hard rock of his 2003 debut The Drunk Lover EP, to the garage americana of The Inlaws, the common thread between Owen Beverly's music is built on the ballad -- a good story woven into music that amplifies and intensifies it. The music is at once soulful and gutsy, tuneful and poetic. Owen Beverly was playing guitar professionally for a Mississippi Blues band while he was still in high school. He came to Charleston, South Carolina, on a music scholarship and got his degree in classical composition and theory in three years -- all the while writing music and playing in local clubs. After a hiatus spent painting and repairing houses back home in Mississippi, Owen Beverly now lives in Bushwick, New York where he is an actively sought-out co-writer with such emerging bands and artists as Leslie, Oh Land, Cary Ann Hearst and Steven Fiore to name a few. He is currently recording demos for a forthcoming album and playing residencies in New York City and Brooklyn.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Doors: 7:30 PM / Show: 7:30 PM
The Mercury Lounge
217 East Houston Street
Admission $10