Formed in 2015, Sarah and the Wild Versatile are a fresh addition to the Boston music scene; teaming their long-standing performance experience and wide range of musical expertise with unique instrumental ingenuity and lyrical prowess. Ranging from blues to synth rock, folk to soul, and most anything in between, Sarah and the Wild Versatile have been performing at venues throughout New England, and have also performed at Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Marblehead Center for the Arts Festival, Salem Pride Festival, Downtown Music Fall Fest in NH, among others. They have shared the stage with Grammy award winner Booker T. Jones, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Nick Moss, Jason Spooner, Danny Bedrosian’s Secret Army featuring members of Parliament Funkadelic, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Jesse Dee, Ruby Rose Fox, and many, many others.
The Wild Versatile is Sarah Seminski on vocals, Eric Reardon on guitar, Derek Dupuis on keys and vocals, Derek Hayden on drums and vocals, and Steve Burke on bass.
"Sarah Seminski is a bit like a perfect storm, quietly brewing one moment, powerful energy in the next. Her powerhouse vocals remind one of a young Tina Turner and demand attention. Her partner in crime for some time, Eric Reardon, was a guitar virtuoso when he was 15, is now ripened to a 25 year vintage. Imagine another decade. Dynamic, versatile, and yes... definitely wild." - Seth McNally, M.E. Productions
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.