The Providence-based Arc Iris trio has attracted fans from across the world, as well as critical attention from NPR, the New York Times and Rolling Stone for their charismatic stage performances and lyric- and melody-based experimental dreampop. Space domes reveal giant golden wings in flight, while montages light up the backdrop with evocative images. Through their diverse influences, singer, Jocie Adams, keyboardist, Zach Tenorio-Miller and drummer, Ray Belli find avenues for producing a blend of soul-satisfying sounds that are truly their own. The band is coming off of an international tour for their second album, "Moon Saloon," released last fall on Bella Union.
With roots in the folk, rock, jam-band and funk scenes, Sarah Blacker and NE Groove Association fuse their vibrant musical worlds together to create an original, soulful sound.
The project, which often features special guests, is comprised of Sarah Blacker & Aaron Z. Katz, both award-winning songwriters and performers whose influences include Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Erykah Badu and Jamiroquai to name a few.
Aaron Katz with over 20 years of national and international touring, is the singer/songwriter/producer/drummer from the successful jam-band, Percy Hill. Percy Hill won the Jammy Award for ‘Album of the Year’ in 2000 and continues sell-out rooms on the jam club and festival scene.
The band recently reunited after an 8-year hiatus, to sold-out shows at Port City Music Hall in Portland, ME and The Paradise, Boston. They are also gearing up for Jam Cruise, 2017.
Sarah Blacker was named ‘Female Performer of the Year’ in the 2013 New England Music Awards, and has built a devoted following both nationally and internationally via extensive touring, passionate singing and songwriting, and belief in the power of music. Her motto, #songssavelives speaks to her work as a Music Therapist, and her coming up on the jam-band concerts and festivals scene. She feels enthusiastic about re-connecting/moving with this fun-loving group of people, now as an accomplished musician and performer.