celia

celia

 St. Louis, Missouri, USA
BandFolkFunk

Celia's music is jazzy acid folk funk, with clever lyrics and swinging songwriting.

Biography

She attracts a wide demographic as her following on the St. Louis music scene. Whether performing alone or with her back up band (Celia's Big Rock Band), she welcomes all with a laugh and a smile. Where Celia sings, people gather. Celia's generous smile accompanies every song she sings. Her singing range is broad: She can belt songs out on a Broadway stage; she can lead the sing-a-long at camp. Couple this with her exceptional ability with the guitar, and Celia delivers a performance that's second to none.

Because of her first rate charisma, Celia is often called on to be both an emcee and a featured performer for charity events and music festivals. Plus, during the holiday seasons, you can find "Celia's Yuletide Express" performing Christmas classics in local restaurants and nightclubs to the delight and joy of the patrons.

An eclectic performer, Celia mixes rock, folky funky expressions, and the vocal strength of torch song singers to make her own unique recipe of sound—a bit of performers like Carole King, Edie Brickell, Burt Bacharach, and a dash of groups like the Sundays, The Isley Brothers, and the Pretenders while still managing to have room for more than a sprinkle of her own special ingredient.

Celia is a genuine original.

Celia performs solo or with a band. Her solo shows are intimate performances of covers and originals, tuned to delicately tickle and tug at the listener's heart's ear. With sounds ranging from old prairie folksongs to science fiction soul, Celia's music entertains listeners of all ages. Celia's Big Rock Band delivers uptempo, soulful rock, designed to get the party grooving.

AWARDS
Kansas City Area Music Awards Best Singer/Songwriter nominee, 2001
St. Louis Area Music Awards Best Singer/Songwriter nominee, 2001 and 2002

VENUES
Off Broadway, St. Louis MO
Mississippi Nights, St. Louis MO
The Pageant, St. Louis MO
The Duck Room, St. Louis MO
The Quiet Storm, Pittsburgh PA
Free Times Cafe, Toronto ON
Fez Under Time Cafe, New York, NY
Lucky Lounge, Austin TX
Momo's, Austin TX

APPEARED WITH
Del McCoury
John Hartford
Leftover Salmon
Blueground Undergrass
Ripley Caine
Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players
Tony Furtado
Sheila Nichols
Patrice Pike

FESTIVALS/CONFERENCES
Ladyfest Midwest
Access To Amsterdam
SXSW
Blackhawk Music Festival
Salmonfest
Homegrown Hoedown
Women in Rock

Discography

Celia Smokes! (live recordings, 2001)
LOVE-O-RAMA (2001)
DANGER: LIVE WIRE! (2004)
TRANSFORMATEURS (2008)

Set List

Original Tunes:
Heavy on the Makeup
Armadillo
You Just Gave Your Love Away
Sweet Potato
Happy Accidents
Bus Stop
Don't Put That On Me
Bad Mood for Good
Unrequited
My Project for the New American Century
Flirting
Forgot February
Fork and Spoon
Curly Hair
Howard
Ipper Song

Cover Tunes:
Help
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down
Fascinatin' Rhythm
Take Me Home
I Need Love
On A Clear Day
Mama Just Wants to Barrelhouse
Dancing Queen
Anticipation
etc.

Prefer a long set when possible, can play two one and a half hour sets.