Erika Van Pelt — Sun., Nov. 17th, 9 p.m.–12:30 a.m.

Erica Van Pelt9 p.m.–12:30 a.m.

Erika Van Pelt’s Soul Estate Band

Erika Van Pelt has drawn on the influence of a myriad of different artists to do what many artists are afraid of doing, creating a record that breaks down the boundaries of genre-specific songs and allowing herself to express her deep appreciation of soul, rock, blues, funk, pop, indie, and even hip-hop.

When she turned 17, Erika earned the Judge’s Choice Award at the Berklee Jazz Festival in Boston, MA, encouraging her to attend the following year and further her studies. She spent only one year at Berklee College of Music studying both Production & Engineering and Vocal Performance. She left Boston and returned to her home state of Rhode Island, hell-bent on beginning a music career.

In 2003, she launched Van Pelt Entertainment, a full-service mobile DJ service, which has recently expanded to house several bands, Erika’s independent record label EVP Records, and even a publishing company, all under one umbrella.

In 2011, Erika’s ambition led her to the Pittsburgh auditions for the eleventh season of American Idol. She escaped elimination after elimination, fighting all the way into the Top 10. She has been called one of the season’s “most underrated” contestants, and her talent and passion were highlighted on the season’s international American Idols LIVE! Tour 2012. Erika performed many songs, but her triumphant moment, a “not to be missed standout” (Hollywood Reporter) was her cover of Pink’s “Glitter In the Air.” The song meant so much to her, that she produced her arrangement of the lesser known tune on her debut album, dedicating the cover to her Idol journey.

Erika Van Pelt released her debut album “My Independence” in the fall of 2013; it began another chapter in her solo career. Her work on “My Independence” earned her two New England Music Awards nominations for 2013 including “Album of the Year” and “Indie/Pop Artist of the Year.”

Van Pelt draws her influences anywhere from AerosmithAretha FranklinNina SimoneChaka KhanPinkJoss StoneJessie JBrandi CarlileBjörkJill Scott, and Kim Burrell.

Come early to support Erica Van Pelt and her Soul Estate Band. Let’s give them a warm Ganny welcome. We are sure the show will be packed!

And don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!

Check out their website: http://erikavanpelt.com/more/

See You on Friday, November 17th!