Shari Puorto Band

Shari Puorto Band

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandRockBlues

Etta James + Melissa Ethridge + Bonnie Raitt & the soul of Janis Joplin = Shari Puorto.

Biography

Shari Puorto
Singer/Songwriter/Performer

WINNER: 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards: "Americana, Blues, Roots best song of the year" for Shari's song: Free!
WINNER: 2006 Best Female Singer. Southbay Music Awards

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Shari Puorto is “a soulful singer with a sexy and raspy sound. Her live performances immediately bring Janis Joplin to mind. Like Joplin, Puorto is a passionate performer with an energy that can rattle the foam in a pint of Pilsner.” Kevin, Pubclub.com

You would think Shari’s been doing this forever. She has the sensibility of an old soul reborn and is undeniably passionate. She possesses a deeply expressive and soulful voice. One that catches you off guard! She is a powerful and dynamic live performer who quickly and quite naturally connects with her audience. Her infectious enthusiasm overcomes you, you have no choice but to get pulled in. (She's likely to steal your heart if you get too close!).

Exec. Producer Ken Andrews SBMA*, “Shari’s amazing vocal strength and soulful delivery combined with her high energy live performance is a combination that makes her one of today's hottest performers."

Shari Puorto Band (or commonly referred to as, The Shari Puorto Experience) is a Blues, Roots, Rock-N-Soul band and have been touring together for many years, sharing the stage with the likes of, Dickey Betts, Johnny Winter, Dave Mason, Robben Ford, Tower of Power, Robin Trower, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, Larry Carlton, Ike Turner, among others.

They have performed up and down the coast of California, across the U.S., and abroad (from large festivals to Blues Clubs to local hangouts). Past appearances range from, headlining at the Phuket Blues Rock Festival, Irvine Lake Blue Festival, the Real OC Blues Festival, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, Las Vegas Bike Fest, Heritage Blues Festival (previously, King Biscuit Blues Fest) Biscuit & Blues / San Francisco, Harvelle's, Patricks II / San Diego, to name a few.

Unique & powerful vocals, BIG guitar, groove-oriented rock & roll with a full dropper of Blues coloring.

Their audience appeal is wide, from 20-year-olds to 80-year-olds and all races and color. Once you see their show you will understand why people are captivated and come back for more. They know how to bring an audience together and allow them to feel something deep within their souls they never thought existed. But most importantly this band knows how to bring an audience together and allow them to feel something deep within their souls they never thought existed. You have to see them to understand.

Jim Santella, Southland Blues Magazine writes, “She’s all about passion and communication.”

Dave Noyes, Producer/Buyer: "The Irvine Lake 2010 Blues Festival was the largest attended festival held thus far. Shari Puorto set the scene and got the stage rockin' with her energetic performance. Shari rocked the stage for over 45 minutes to standing ovations!! We can't wait to have Shari back next year."

Music Connection writes, "She exhibits sweet vocal tones and is never off key --she can sing!"

To really understand how Shari focuses on her blues-rock roots is if you combine Melissa Ethridge, Etta James, Bonnie Rait, and the soul of Janis Joplin.

Not only will her live performance blow you away but her recordings will too. “Puorto belts ‘em out forcefully”, Santella writes. You can catch this raw talent on her debut album, “Why is the Grass Always Greener?” “Packed with first-class energy and plenty of emotion”, Santella writes.

Shari’s recent work (in addition to performing with her band, “The Shari Puorto band”), is co-writing, performing and currently in the studio with legendary producer/writer/musician, Barry Goldberg [Michael Bloomfield, Bob Dylan, Steve Miller, Electric Flag, Chicago Blues Reunion, etc]. Some of this work is reflected on the 2008 release, "Down the Road" and recent CD, Real.

In addition to being an outstanding vocalist, Shari Puorto is a favorite on local radio stations East to West.

“Her clear, forceful delivery and convincing expression bring it all home.” Jim Santella

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Lyrics

This Ain't that Kind of Love Song

Written By: Shari Puorto & Barry Goldberg

This ain’t that kind of love song
Written by: Shari Puorto & Barry Goldberg

As the sun sets on the beach
You become more out of reach
God only knows how hard we tried
Let’s stop makin’ the wrong
Into what we think is right
This is a song about goodbye

This ain’t that kind of love song
It’s about time – we go Home
So long we tried – to make it right
Hang up the phone – let’s say goodnight

Goodbye lonely nights, I won’t miss you
Goodbye sleepless beauty – gonna be alright
All the times you ain’t listenin’
We thought we’d win this long fight

So, I say: This ain’t that kind of love song
It’s about time – we go Home
So long we tried – to make it right
Hang up the phone – let’s say goodnight

Wrote you a note, as tears fall down my face
Known’ it’s time (babe) to let go
Though we fought the fight every time,
In the end you’re not mine
It’s so hard, but I know

This ain’t that kind of love song
It’s about time – we go Home
So long we tried – to make it right
Hang up the phone – let’s say goodnight

Too many words unspoken
Too many tears have gone by…..
This ain’t that kind of love song, this is a song about goodbye

This ain’t that kind of love song,
Goodbye – Goodbye - Goodbye
This ain’t that kind of love song,
Goodbye – goodbye – goodbye

What's it Gonna Take?

Written By: Barry Goldberg / Shari Puorto

What’s it Gonna Take?
Barry Goldberg / Shari Puorto

It’s midnight – just another night without love
Am I the only one in this game?
I’ve tried everything – nothing seems to be working
Can’t start a fire without a flame.

Another lonely night
With no relief in sight
Can’t you help me baby --- gotta help me along
I’m callin out to you (baby)
Can’t you hear me (baby)
Don’t you know my need for love is strong?

What’s it gonna take to make you love me?
What’s it gonna take to make you MOVE me?
What’s it gonna take to make you love me?
What’s it gonna take to make you GROOVE me?

It’s gettin late –I’m still waiting on you
Gotta give me some feelin’ even if it’s pain
A woman’s gotta feel – feel like a woman
What you gonna lose when there’s so much to gain?

Another lonely night
With no relief in sight
Can’t you help me baby ---
Can't you help me along
I’m callin out to you (baby)
Can’t you hear me (baby)
Don’t you know my need for love is strong?

What’s it gonna take to make you love me?
What’s it gonna take to make you MOVE me?
What’s it gonna take to make you love me?
What’s it gonna take to make you GROOVE me?

Free

Written By: Shari Puorto

I don’t think you see
Time passin by me
Gonna have to do this on my own
I’m spinin’ outta control
I’m jealous gotta let you go
I can make this dream on my own

So what am I hear to be?
Who is it that people see?
The answer is, I’m not sure
The one thing that I do know as soon as I let you go
Life will come crashin’ to my door

I’m gonna run, gonna fly, gonna break free
I’m gonna run, gonna fly, gonna be free
Can’t hold on, can’t turn back
This times gonna have to last
It’s time for me to live my life for me, just for me

One more time to share a kiss
The last one, I can promise this
I’m leavin’ you and all this behind.
Watch me baby as I go
The best thing you’ll ever know.
Loosen me and let it slip away

And just that you will see
It’s all coming back to me
Childhood dreams of who I am.
Cause I’m the girl who lives next door
Who has it all and a little bit more,
My happy ending has just begun!

I’m gonna run, gonna fly, gonna break free
I’m gonna run, gonna fly, gonna be free
Can’t hold on, can’t turn back
This times gonna have to last
It’s time I live my life for me!

There’s no lookin’ back no seconds thoughts
Gotta run to the edge gotta jump off
There’s no lookin’ back no seconds thoughts
Gotta run to the edge gotta jump off
Stupid girl, you know what you gotta do!

I’m gonna run, gonna fly, wanna break free
I’m gonna run, gonna fly, gonna be free
Can’t hold on, can’t turn back
This times gonna have to last
It’s time I live my life for me…Just for me!

Discography

"Real" - LP, Jan 2011

"Down the Road" - LP, 2008

"Free" - single - 2007

"Why is the Grass always Greener?" - LP, 2005

Tracks with Airplay:
"When I Met You
"Mr. BAD"
"Treat me Mean"
"My Baby Likes It"
"Outta My Mind"
"This Ain't that Kind of Love Song"
"Actions"
"Voodoo Woman"
"Why is the Grass Always Greener"
"Leave your hat on"
"Get Around"
"Love Fever"
"All I Want is You"
"Angel from Montgomery"
"Good Evil Girl"
"Bobby McGee"
"Free"
"I thought I knew (you were the one)"
Could it Be Me?
Good Inside

Set List

Shari Puorto's set list consists of both original music and cover tunes. Depending on the gig, Shari will perform a 60 minute set of strong original tunes or if the gig is longer a nice mix of originals and covers are sure to set the crowd into a frenzy!

Original:
Why is the Grass Always Greener?
When I Met You
Outta My Mind
Love Fever
All I Want is You
Pack Your Bags
Show Me What You Got
Call Me When You're Ready
This Ain't That Kind of Love Song
Hard to be Faithful
Get Around
Good Evil Girl
Treat Me Mean
Actions
My baby likes it
I thought I knew (you were the one)
Free
Funny Thing
Down the Road
Don't mess with me
What's it Gonna Take?
My Soul is Gone
Broken Record
Could It Be Me?
Good Inside
Mr. B.A.D.
+ more....

Covers:
Voodoo Woman
I always get my man (Shemika Copeland)
Angel from Montgomery
Leave your hat on (funky)
Heartbreaker
D'yer Maker
I just wanna make love to you (jazz/funky)
Bloodshot eyes
Bobby McGee
Piece of my heart
No Way Ho