Ami Saraiya comes to Boone
Singer Ami Saraiya said it is always a million-dollar question
when it comes to defining her music.
“A lot of people have a hard time putting it in just one genre,” Saraiya said. “It’s a very unique sound. We are a vintage cabaret pop group with elements of Björk, old jazz and newer rock.”
Saraiya will be joined with her backing band, The Outcome, on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Boone Saloon. The group is currently based out of Chicago, with deep Midwestern roots.
The stop in Western North Carolina is part of a larger 10-day tour that includes shows in Cleveland, Louisville, Lexington, Richmond and Atlanta.
Until recently, Saraiya admitted, she had never even heard of Boone.
“My booking agent actually recommended it,” Saraiya said. “So, I asked around and found out it was a great college town with good music.”
Saraiya, who began singing as a kid, majored in music (piano) at Indiana University and has been a member of rock bands since 1995. She began writing her own material in 2000 and picked up the accordion in 2006. “I’m sort of a veteran,” she said.
But it’s not always been about the music for Saraiya. She also became interested in health care and helping others, which is why she became a registered nurse along the way, studying when time permitted.
Currently, she is a full-time musician.
“I love music, and part of the reason I became a nurse is because it is something that is flexible and something I could still do on the side,” she said. “They are both just as important to me.”
Saraiya said next week’s downtown show will be a mixture of high energy and more laid-back performances.
“Our shows are a combination of high energy and some stomping choreography songs,” Saraiya said. “We have some quirky magical stories that will engage the audience. It will be something they have never seen or heard before.”
While the group is typically a seven-piece ensemble, Saraiya said she will be touring with a five-piece group for this trip, including two vocalists, a drummer and an acoustic guitarist.
Next week’s show is also in support of the group’s second album. She said an additional extended play is due out this fall.
Ami Saraiya and The Outcome take to the stage after 10 p.m. Cover costs $5, and only those 21 and older will be admitted.
Boone Saloon is located at 489 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, visit http://www.amisaraiya.com.