We're pleased to welcome Patrice Pike for the second time to the Stone Room Concerts series. Last November, she packed our venue and provided a not-unexpected soulful performance -- one that we'd seen before as a headliner at the Kerrville Folk Festival last summer. After this first performance, we are more than happy to invite her back this summer -- once again for her only Washington, DC area appearance. She will be presenting music from her new CD, "The Calling," which you'll be able to purchase at the performance (and preview below).
“EXUBERANTLY SOULFUL”, MARGARET MOSER, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Patrice Pike burst on to the music scene as the electric front woman for the seminal Austin jam band Sister Seven. She was honing her creativity as a vocalist and songwriter at Booker T. Washington school for performing and visual arts as well as the legendary music programs at the University of North Texas when she realized all of her mentors were graduating from programs and then trying to make a living on stage and in the studio. She left her entrepreneurial scholarship in the school bank account and started Little Sister that soon became Sister Seven. Soon after she co-wrote and sang Sister Seven’s top 10 Billboard hit “Know What You Mean”.
Richard Skanse for Rolling Stone called her "Tina Turner, Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin, and Robert Plant all rolled up into a tiny but explosive package." The legendary John Fogerty commented about Patrice’s “great voice” also in Rolling Stone and Billboard Magazine has called her, “One of the finest up and coming contemporary Rock Singers in America.”
Following the highly publicized industry shake up at Arista Records with Clive Davis’ departure, Sister Seven disbanded and Patrice went on to begin her solo career with her album Fencing Under Fire in the top 10 most added on AAA radio for multiple weeks.
Her solo material has taken an increasingly narrative turn, while her sound has moved steadily in the direction of an eclectic mix of Rock and Soul topped with a tinge of World Music flavors. Patrice effortlessly moves from tightly woven rhythm guitar to percussion, to drum kit on stage never dropping a beat of her fierce but silky lead vocals. Over the past decade she has independently released five acclaimed solo records, showcasing her socially astute, literate lyrics alongside her powerful vocals. She has toured relentlessly, both in the U.S. and overseas, building an impressive grassroots fan base. In 2007 she became the youngest member of the Austin/Texas Music Hall of Fame, inducted alongside Lucinda Williams.
The resilient Pike has been able to adapt repeatedly to a rapidly changing music landscape that bears no resemblance to the one she entered in her teens. She continues to grow and evolve as both a songwriter and a performer, as evidenced by her 2011 CD “Live and Then Some! Brushwood Lounge-Volume 2”.
In Spring 2013 Patrice launched a crowd funding project for her album The Calling, which skyrocketed past the goal and is now being released this summer first to contributors and online. In retrospect, Pike is filled with gratitude for the challenges that have refined her values, strengthened her humanity, and shaped her way of being in the world.
Long a respected social and environmental activist, she is the co-founder of the Grace Foundation of Texas, an organization that provides services for young adult survivors of homelessness. An accomplished snowboarder and runner, she continues to travel the globe extensively. She has a disciplined meditation practice, and teaches certified Integrative Yoga Therapy for Charity. In short, she leads a rich, full, varied, exciting, rewarding life that looks absolutely nothing like what she was aiming for when she embarked on her journey in music. If you listen, you can hear each strand in her lyrics and in her voice. Twenty years in, she's much more than one of the most dynamic live performers in the world; she's an artist of substance with a compelling life story that is only beginning to unfold.
Opening for Patrice will be LEA. Lea Morris grew up in a home filled with the sound of her father's trumpet (he had toured with the 1970s soul band Black Heat) and her mother's rich contralto voice. This musically eclectic upbringing is evident in the way Lea blends folk, jazz and other styles into her own honeyed sound. With her new CD, "Promise," LEA pays homage not only to the music she learned from them, but also to her parents’ divergent world views.