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SEPTA Sounds combines the everyday sounds of your commute with some of the most talented musicians in the Philadelphia area.

For nearly a century, musicians across the region have turned subways and train stations into their stages. With a world class legacy and vibrant mixture of incredible talent, Philly is no exception. SEPTA Sounds spotlights these great performers at incredible acoustic spaces doing what they do best - spreading joy and positivity through the gift of music. 

You can watch and listen to all of the music HERE and you can find SEPTA Sounds on our social media.

And make sure to check back often - there's more to come!

 

NRG Station

NRG Station is one of the most popular stations in Philadelphia - especially on game day. It's steps away from the Sports Complex - where you can catch the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers all play. It's the last stop on the Broad Street Line - only 15 minutes away from Center City. Listen now to the music of Jakeya Sanders, Dom & Jesse, Eric Worthham, and Hannah Lorimer

Jakeya Sanders

As an entertainer, songwriter, and vocal coach, Jakeya has over 25 years of successful music experience. Jakeya has blown audiences away time after time with her pristine voice and dynamic stage presence.

Today, as an Alternative Soul Indie artist, Jakeya is pushing boundaries and enjoys the freedom in music and performance. She has the ability to connect to any audience, as she presents love, and a musical freedom that is limitless. Gracing audiences in the United States, Europe and beyond, she has worked with the likes of Dorinda Clark-Cole, Patti Labelle, Idris Elba, Kim Burrell, Aloe Blacc and Jazmine Sullivan. Jakeya has taught over 800 artists and individuals, via private and group lessons. In 2018, Jakeya became the vocal coach for Philadelphia’s own Jazmine Sullivan, and many other notable local artists.

Jakeya has released her first Ep Project titled “Disco Ball”, which is available on all social streaming sites and networks.

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Dom & Jesse

With their boy-next-door charm and smooth pop vocals, Dom & Jesse have won over the hearts of fans through every honest, intimate, and fun performance. The pop singer/songwriter duo, now based in Philly, blends their influences of pop, alternative, rock, r&b, and hip hop music. Their influences range all the way from the original hit ’80s pop duo, Hall & Oates, to current popular acts of today like The 1975, Justin Bieber, Bazzi, Justin Timberlake, and Charlie Puth, all of who have created the cross-genre sounds that you also hear from Dom & Jesse’s music.

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Eric Wortham

Eric Wortham II is a jazz and classically trained accomplished pianist, composer, songwriter and producer. He is best known for captivating audiences with his soulful rhythmic feel, innovative hand technique and precise hand speed.

Eric has toured with Grammy Award winning artists such as Jill Scott, Adele and Seal. He has also collaborated with Vivian Green, Aloe Blacc, Kindred The Family Soul, Music Soul Child, Jeff Bradshaw, Bakithi Kumalo and Jamey Haddad.

He has graced the stages of the Grammy Awards, the Brit Awards, the NAACP Image Awards, the Marian Anderson Awards and performed on The View, Good Morning America, Live! with Kelly and Michael, The Ellen Show, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Saturday Night Live.

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Hannah Lorimer

Hannah Lorimer is a Philadelphia based singer-songwriter. Hannah's pop-soul sound is a deep insight to her heart - her vulnerability flowing across in her lyrics and melodies.

She's performed all over the United States with her own music, singing backgrounds for many artists, and collaborating with artists from all over the world.

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Elkins Park Station

Elkins Park Station in Montgomery County is a bustling spot - it's served by four Regional Rail Lines! Hop the Airport Line, Warminster Line, West Trenton Line, or Lansdale/Doylestown Line to this charming town. Listen now to the music of Rachel Andie, Steve McKie, Ben O'Neill, and Mare. 

Rachel Andie

Rachel Andie is a Japanese American multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Philadelphia, PA.

In January of 2018, she formed an ambient folk rock outfit now called Rachel Andie & The Fifth Element. Through a successful Kickstarter campaign, they recorded their first live studio album titled "Tu Me Manques".

They have been featured on NPR, The SXSW Official Showcase, WXPN, The Philadelphia Folk Festival & more - completing their first east coast tour in the Summer of 2019! They are currently working on their second studio album - which will be released early 2022.

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Steve McKie

From buckets to beat machines, Steve McKie is one of the most distinctive sounding players ever to hail from Philadelphia. A native of the city, Steve practiced on anything that made a sound until his parents bought him his first drum set. Influenced by timeless music from artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Prince, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, he soon set out to become the best!

Steve McKie’s raw, natural style is what makes his sound so unique. Acquiring his chops mostly from playing in church bands and shredding along with fellow musicians, McKie played everywhere he could, building the confidence he would need to move huge crowds.

But it was playing in the house band at Philly’s Black Lily where Steve was finally able to hone his skills and make connections that would lead to his excellent production credits. McKie has since shared the stage with luminaries such as Jill Scott, Musiq, Bilal, Common, Joy Denalane, Joss Stone, Robert Glasper, Chuck Treece, DJ Statik, DJ Aktive, Jazmine Sullivan, Floetry, and James Poyser. And with the help of valuable mentors such as acclaimed songwriter and producer Donald Robinson, and bassist Lee Patterson, Steve was able to make the transition from drummer to producer.

Ambient sounds and great in-the-pocket drumming are what make McKie’s production work feel good to the listening audience. For that reason, “Back in Love” by Estelle and “My Love” by Jill Scott are timeless records. With a number of Gold records under his belt and a heavy production schedule in place for artists such as Hezekiah, Liz Fields, Joy Denalane, Kindred the Family Soul, Musiq, Yahzahra, John Legend, Res, and Yummy Bingham, McKie continues to step it up every time, every show, every song.

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Ben O'Neill

Ben O’Neill has traveled the world with some of the most respected artists of our era including John Legend, Jill Scott and Common. The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter has released a wide variety of original music ranging from rock and indie-folk to interdisciplinary collaborations with visual artists, to jazz and soul with his long-time organ trio, The Mini Q’s. His new EP, Light vol 1, will be released in July.

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Mare

“Mare”, an American singer, songwriter, vocal arranger, and keyboardist is known for her rich alto voice, distinctive sound and creative musical arrangements. After fully embarking on a fulltime artist career and showcasing her huge voice, small physique and quirky personality, there is no question that large things come in very small packages. Mare has performed on many stages across the East Coast, including the legendary “SOB’s” and as an opener for the R&B artist and internet sensation, Jade Novah. Recently, an original written song was placed on the hit CW show, Black Lightning. Her EP, “Wish Me Well” and latest single “No Joke”, encourages her listeners to be comfortable with transparency and navigating through the side effects of life.

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Suburban Station

Suburban Station is one of the busiest stations in all of SEPTA. Every Regional Rail Station stops there and thousands of people commute through it every day. Located in the heart of Center City - it is seen by some as the gateway to Philadelphia. Listen now to the music of Jonill, Bree Reed, Brianna Castro, and AJAY.

Jonill

Jonill is an emerging singer, songwriter, and producer. In his music, he reflects on love, growth, and mental health through the lenses of Alternative R&B, Jazz, Neo- Soul, Hip hop, and Indie. By emulating and innovating on the sounds of the past, he strives to make music that is unique yet nostalgic in the present.

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Bree Reed

Singer and songwriter, Bree Reed, is based in Philadelphia, PA. She performs regularly throughout the tri-state area. She released music available for streaming on all platforms under her band Bree and The Reeds and is currently working on new music.

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Brianna Castro

While she has always loved singing from youth, Brianna was the outlier when it came to musical inclinations within her family. No one else seemed to be into the things she was: basketball, running track, and music. She slowly honed into the latter by playing in the school band and singing in the church choir, which ultimately gave her a nudge towards her performance destiny. In choir she used to shine during her solos, and would get all the due praise because of it. “I knew I had it a little bit when I was getting the solos and they were like, oh shit, you sound good on this,” she says. The songwriting came at age 15. Brianna was already good at classes like English and creative writing. Once it clicked that she could put words to melodies, she was hooked. Songwriting, she says, is the best way to express exactly what she’s feeling, and how she’s feeling it.

From there, Brianna tuned her voice to the sounds of Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill religiously—“MTV Unplugged is the reason why I bought an acoustic guitar,” she says—and tapped into the woozy grit of her voice by casually listening to Tupac, and other rap artists her older brothers would play. The result (in addition to handiwork from Andrew “Pop” Wansel, the key producer who helped her find her way to Interscope) is what listeners today have heard on the backing vocals of Tory Lanez’s “Question Is” and her own “Handsome”: what she considers an R&B, soul and hip-hop fusion. Castro makes music for any space—around the house, at a barbecue—and listeners from Gen X, Y and Z can all appreciate her elastic subject matter. Aside from the occasional number about trifling lovers, her songs run the gamut of real life human experiences: sometimes her own, sometimes not. 

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AJAY

23 year old singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, AJAY, encompasses all the best parts of modern production, with the smooth, soul-drenched ingredients that defined the sound of Philadelphia for decades. Equally comfortable with the nuances of Alternative R&B, Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, or Bedroom Pop, his production and musical prowess blend seamlessly with his vulnerable, yet confident falsetto voice.

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Mt. Airy

Mt. Airy Station on the Chestnut Hill East Station is less than half an hour from Center City - and it's centrally located in Mt. Airy itself. The station was built in 1875 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The architect is listed as unknown - but many believe it was designed by Frank Furness. Listen now to the music of Great Tme, Ezra Muse, Lee Mo, and Chris Aschman.

Great Time

Greater Philadelphia area trio Great Time, made up of lead singer and multi instrumentalist Jill Ryan, bassist/synth mastermind Zack Hartmann, and drummer/co-synth mastermind Donnie Spackman present the second of a series, a 5 track EP “Sounds Like____ [Vol 2]”.  Self-produced in quarantine by the band from their home studio built with money raised via Kickstarter, the band has largely ignored conventional wisdom and recorded from a genuine place of multi genre influence that sounds like something wholly original.  

Says Ryan of the EP, "The idea behind this “Sounds Like” series of EPs is simple: We want to make what we want to make. We're inspired by tons of different styles and sounds, and we feel most genuine when we're creating music without any limitations or boundaries. The title is a response to the critiques we received on our first album.  Critics have suggested that we should pick a lane or a genre, and Sounds Like is our way of defying that while staying true to ourselves.”  Sounds Like Volume 2 explores the electronic pop side of the band's sound. Lyrically, the EP is made up of songs that express the frustrations of being a musician/artist, self-doubt, anxiety, obsessive thoughts and despite all that the urge to keep creating.

“Sounds Like____ [Vol. 2]” is the 2nd part of the EP follow up to the bands 2018 LP “Great Album”, also self produced from the band's home studio.  That album, along with a few followup singles, caught the attention of legendary radio voice and programmer Bruce Warren at WXPN, and three of their tracks have been in regular rotation on the station.  The band also got notice from NPR, EarMilk and Paste Magazine, with the latter saying, “Great Album ranges from ambient charm to thrashing rock.  But it doesn’t really matter.  Great Time are here for just that: a great time.” 

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Ezra Muse

Ezra Muse is a folk artist from Philadelphia. He released his first eponymous EP in 2018. His first full length album is written and currently being recorded.

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Lee Mo

Lee Mo is taking the city and the world by storm. Known for her killer vocals, soulful feel, and impressive music sensibilities, Lee Mo has graced the stages of some of the hottest venues on the east coast, and she has been afforded the opportunity to open for artists such as Robert Glasper, Eric Roberson, Frank McComb, Raheem DeVaughn, Kandace Springs, Derrick Hodge, Jeff Bradshaw, and many more. Lee Mo wants her audience to feel nothing less than an authentic, free, and spiritual experience through each performance.

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Chris Aschman

Chris Aschman is one of Philadelphia's most active and versatile freelance musicians.  Fluent on both steelpan and trumpet, he brings a special versatility to the many ensembles he performs with.  A Baltimore native who originally came to Philadelphia to study jazz trumpet at UARTS, he has since performed with artists such as Paquito D'Rivera, Stanley Clarke, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, Kool and the Gang, and Andy Narell.  He has appeared at venues ranging from Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, The National Cathedral in DC, and the Queens Park Savannah in Port of Spain Trinidad. He currently leads two projects, the Chris Aschman Electric Quartet and Trinidelphia.

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5th Street/Independence Hall Station

The newly renovated 5th Street Station is a portal into the most historical parts of Philadelphia. Located steps from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, it is one of the most popular stops on the Market-Frankford Line - especially by visitors to Philadelphia. Listen now to the music of Jay Rosado, Treena Ferebee, Henry Tirfe, and Taylor Samuels.

Jay Rosado

A Philadelphia Native of Puerto Rican descent, Jay Rosado has played behind some of music's biggest artists. Raised in the church, he developed his talent for music at an early age. By the age of 16 he was already playing around town, getting recognized as an up and coming musician by local singers and musicians. Fast forward to today, he's not only a well traveled and internationally known professional in his field, but a husband and father of 2 beautiful children. He's played both nationally and internationally for artists such as Michelle Williams, Brian McKnight, The Weeknd, Nas, and Ms. Lauryn Hill to name a few. You can catch Jay still playing in the local Philadelphia area music scenes and supporting local artists.

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Treena Ferebee

Philadelphia native Treena Ferebee was born the youngest of 4 girls into a musical family and made to sing before she could even speak. At the age of 19 Treena began to travel the world with major recording artists as a background vocalist. Treena has also had the chance to perform with legendary icons such as Stevie Wonder and Prince, and several performances with Grammy and Emmy winner jazz pianist Robert Glasper. She has made appearances on major TV shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Soul Train Music Awards. Treena also became the first woman ever to hold the title of band director while continuing her role as Background Vocalist. Now Treena, also known as TREE or Queen TREE, has taken on a solo career of her own. She has proudly been a solo performer for the Philadelphia Thanksgiving day parade for a total of 10 glorious years. In 2016 she was part of the cast that won the daytime Emmy for the Nashville Christmas Day Parade. This time around Treena is honored to perform in this year’s Parade as she teams Terry Hunter and the Tonight Show pianist and member of the legendary group ‘The Roots’, James Poyser. Treena is a pianist and in recent years has also picked up the bass guitar. With the bass in hand Treena now believes she has a fresh creative wind and stands in a lane of her own.

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Henry Tirfe

Hiruy (Henry) Tirfe is a musician/saxophonist born in Philadelphia and raised in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. At only 25 years of age, Tirfe has had amazing opportunities to perform with artist of all genres of music. Some artist include The Roots, Chill Moody, Solange Knowles, Eric Roberson, Patti LaBelle, Jay Bratten, Robin Eubanks, Ted Nash, Killiam Shakespeare, Beano French, Bilal Oliver and many other artists. Tirfe is also a two time "Outstanding Soloist" winner at the Next Generation Jazz Festival (2016, 2017).

Tirfe has performed at venues and events such as Radio City Music Hall, Made In America Festival, AfroPunk Festival, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, 2017 NFL Draft, Monterey Jazz Festival, John F. Kennedy Center, NPR Tiny Desk Series and many others. When Tirfe isn’t on the stage, he is in the studio working with many different artists and bands. Some artist that Tirfe has recorded with includes H.E.R., Ashle Renee, Boots Greene, The Ferebee Sisters, Bernard “Treway” Lambert, Makadi, Wyclef Jean, Zhavia Ward and many others including his own project.

In May 2017, Tirfe graduated from the University Of The Arts with his Bachelors in Saxophone Performance with a minor in Music Education. In May 2018, he received his Masters Degree in Music Education from the same university.

Tirfe’s debut record “10,000 Hours” will release within the next year.

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Taylor Samuels

Taylor Samuels, a Philadelphia native, is a teaching artist on the rise. She has begun to make her mark as a solo and background vocalist, music director, and teacher with many artists/in many creative spaces including John Graves Productions(JGP). Each opportunity Taylor has had presented others. She has performed at the Academy of Music, Kimmel Center, various churches, and the Governor's Mansion. She has also had the privilege to head the Vocal/Music Department of John Graves Productions’ Repertory program. Having the privilege to glean from and work with so many artists has helped Taylor to develop her own style. Whether she's performing for a sold out show, singing BGVs on Tiny Desk, or teaching a one-on-one lesson, it's always her aim to inspire people and to point them in the right  direction, UP.

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NRG Station - Holiday Style

The 30th Annual Santa Express took place on November 26, 2021 - and it kicked off at NRG Station. Along with Santa and his elves, we had some incredible musicians with us as well! Listen now to the music of Robin Clabby and Maya Belardo. 

Robin Clabby

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Maya Belardo

Maya Belardo, 23,  known as “The Princess of Jazz” in her hometown of Wilmington, DE is passionate about jazz and being a positive example of young womanhood to all princesses. She fell in love with jazz around the age of 12 when she heard a recording of Nat King Cole singing, “Nature Boy.” She’s been inspired by many jazz legends who have paved the way for her to sing this music today. In her debut single “Free”, she sings, “I can hear them all cheer for me, I’m so Free.” She is referencing all the legendary jazz greats and her own ancestors who loved this art form. Maya has sung at amazing jazz venues on the East coast and performed at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in her hometown at the age of 17. She has the support of her community and many current jazz artists helping her to reach her goal! Stay tuned for more surprises from this artist on the rise! Maya’s new single, “If It Wasn’t For You” is now streaming everywhere!

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Walnut-Locust Station

Located amid the Avenue of the Arts in Center City - Walnut Locust has always been a popular station for those looking for music and dance. This made it an appropriate choice for our 7th installment of SEPTA Sounds. Listen now to the music of Jon Smith, Kingsley Ibeneche, Kevonna Rose, and SNACKTIME.

Jon Smith

Jonathan Smith was born in Flushing, NY. He grew up in Perkasie, PA from age 8 to 18 before moving to Philadelphia to study at University of the Arts. There, Jon studied with Charles Fambrough, Steve Beskrone and Gerald Veasley as well as Craig Thomas, Kevin McConnell and Micah Jones.
He’s worked for artists such as: Ray Angry, Birdy, Jeff Bradshaw, Karen Briggs, Chantae Cann, Nick Colionne, Khemist, Jessica Reedy, Carol Riddick, Korey Riker, Jazmine Sullivan, Laurin Talese, The Mini Q's and Nestor Torres.
Currently, Jon resides in South Philadelphia where he teaches private lessons and records. His bass style is a fusion of R&B and Jazz that’s been cultivated through years of gigging in the Philadelphia music scene. Although he’s always been heavily influenced by his father Ken Smith (luthier and founder of Ken Smith Basses), getting to play with artists like Eric Wortham, Luke Carlos O'Reilly, George “Spanky” Mccurdy and Rick Tate on a nightly basis pushed him to develop as a musician overall. 
Jon is endorsed by Ken Smith Basses and Epifani Bass Amps and Cabinets. His main bass is an A1997 Ken Smith Maple Bolton 4 String Electric Bass. Jon’s main effects are a MXR Bass Octave Deluxe, MXR Bass Envelope Filter, and a Digitech Bass Multi-Chorus. His Bass Head uses an Epifani Piccolo 600 amp and his main cabinet is an Epifani UL3*10.
Released "Yermo" in August of 2021. Includes musicians such as Simon Martinez, Corey Bernhard, Lionel Forrester Jr., Lenny Mobley, Hadrien Feraud, Elena Pinderhughes, George "Spanky" McCurdy, Aaron Goode, Ken Smith and Che Ramirez. 

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Kingsley Ibeneche

Kingsley Ibeneche is a Nigerian American performing artist based in South Jersey with a focus in music & dance. Kingsley has worked with notable acts and has been featured on various publications and platforms such as, Travis Scott, James Blake, Halsey, SNL, GAP, NIKE, The FADER, Paste Mag, okayafrica, NPR, afropunk, and SOFAR. Enticed by using his creative engines to highlight social change, Ibeneche focuses his performances on connecting the African people and the African diaspora through movement and sound.

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Kevonna Rose

Some could say Kevonna Rose was born into music. Born in South Jersey into a Christian family, the indie soul/pop artist grew up on gospel and soul, pop and doo-wop, and everything in between. Coming from a long lineage of musicians, it’s no surprise that Rose caught when her uncle gave her her first guitar, she couldn’t put it down. Dazzling listeners with her soulful vocals and carefully crafted lyrics, the singer-songwriter was a finalist in Essence Festival’s “Show Your Range” contest and won the “Wawa Welcome America” contest, where she opened for Ms Lauryn Hill, Common and more. Her live performances also earned her features on NPR Music’s “Best Tiny Desk Submissions This Week” and on SoFar Sounds’ “Best of the Listening Room.”

This is only just the beginning for Kevonna Rose. After releasing her debut EP “C’est la vie” in 2020, the artist announced her next single “In Between Kisses” to come out on December 3rd, and her sophomore EP coming up in 2022.

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SNACKTIME

Established in the Spring of 2020, SNACKTIMEPHILLY is an unapologetically positive and resonant band born out of the current worldwide music industry-wide shut down due to COVID19. While typically the musicians of SNACKTIME would be performing in clubs or venues, the sudden closure of entertainment halls across the city caused these performers (like many others) to choose resilience. SNACKTIME is a direct reflection of Philadelphia: loud, high-energy, talented, and HUNGRY.

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Kurt Vile - Flyin' Like a Fast Train

Philadelphia artist Kurt Vile is a songwriter of epic proportions, evolving a laid-back yet transfixing psychedelic indie rock sound over a career arc that grew from self-released CD-Rs to major-label releases. in March 2022 - Vile took to the Chestnut Hill West Line to film his music video Flyin' Like a Fast Train.

 

 

 

 

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SEPTA Sounds is a digital performance series featuring local music artists. It is a Collaboration with Dan Rouse (@drouse) musician, influencer, creative. 

If interested in performing, email [email protected].