September 21: Laura Tsaggaris / Sarah Clanton

Laura Tsaggaris grew up in a small suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. She picked up guitar at age 16 and began writing a few years later. Influenced by everything from Depeche Mode and The Cure to Peter Gabriel and Aimee Mann, Laura has an eclectic style about which The Washington Post writes, “When a singer-songwriter builds an array of songs, often arising from a solid pop foundation with a splash of blues, a touch of rock and a hint of soul, that affirms a genuine musical gift.” 

Earlier this year, Laura celebrated the release of her 3rd full-length album, EVERYMAN, with a full band performance before a sold-out crowd at The Hamilton in downtown DC. Here's a song from that concert that gives you a good sense of Laura's rock-star quality, but I can tell you that she's equally good in an acoustic setting:
Grammy-nominated producer Jamie Candiloro (R.E.M., Willie Nelson) centers EVERYMAN’s 13 songs on Laura’s alt-country vocals and acoustic guitar playing. Highlights include guitar from Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones) and backing vocals from Ryan Adams.  We're extremely fortunate to be able to welcome Laura for a solo acoustic performance at the Stone Room.

Sarah Clanton is a cello-playing vocalist from Greenville,South Carolina.  She may have been classically trained from kindergarten, but her heart belongs to rock 'n roll. Cello is her primary instrument but she uses it to sing. Her smooth honey-like vocals venture through soul, jazz, rock and folk. Along with her quirky vocals and long hair flying in musical abandon (some may call it headbanging), the rhythmic yet melodic voice of the cello provides a unique storytelling experience. The guitar and mandolin often make an appearance in the musical mix as well.

After graduating from Furman University in 2007, Sarah gigged around the South East with various ensembles and has collaborated with folks like Taylor Moore, Edwin McCain, opening for artists like Ben Sollee and others. Sarah also spent time (2008-2011) producing and booking the solar powered festival Music in the Woods at Paris Mountain State Park in Greenville, South Carolina for the nonprofit Dryridge Productions.

Most recently Sarah joined The David Mayfield Parade for a nationwide music tour. Listeners and fans have compared Sarah with such great artists as Rickie Lee Jones, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, Frank Zappa and John Lennon. For this concert, Sarah will perform songs from her debut solo album, "Chasin' a Feeling," featuring her versatility as more than just a cello player.