February 19th, 2022 7pm Stage 2
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Benefit Concert For Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
A rare acoustic performance by the mesmerizing singer-songwriter, Sari Schorr before she heads off on a major European headline tour. Sari is an unstoppable tsunami who has stormed across the international blues-rock world, leaving a trail of shell-shocked cities in her wake. Sari's shows have been called “unmissable events,” and she is hailed as having one of the greatest voices of her generation.
“When Sari Schorr named her debut album, she practically wrote her own press: recorded or live, Sari truly is A Force Of Nature.” – Blues in Britain.
"Sari has a voice like no other with a 5-octave range... All husk and muscle, the operatically trained New Yorker makes you believe every stormy line...” – Classic Rock Magazine.
“Her gently frayed mezzo, at times reminiscent of Janis Joplin, packs quite a punch. And, like Joplin, she’s not afraid to push her voice to lung-bursting limits.” – Living Blues
"It is clear from the lyrical content of Schorr’s songs that while she has plenty to say, it is driven by experience and a passionate honesty for her role of carrying a soul-felt message." – RNR Magazine
Sari mixes a passion for music with a duty of social responsibility. She has devoted her talent and energy to music projects of a grand scale for humanitarian causes. Most notable is her work on a “Toast to Freedom” for Amnesty International, where she collaborated with Warren Haynes, Keb Mo', Taj Mahal, Eric Burdon, and Carly Simon. Sari’s humanitarian efforts include work in Haiti and India. She founded “Matters” – a non-profit that draws attention to humanitarian causes through the arts. Sari is a marathon runner and animal rights activist. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and rescued pit bull triplets.
Born into a musical lineage that touches legends, Drew’s father Gers Yowell, played with Charlie Parker, Zoot Sims and Jerry Mulligan and his oldest brother Don Paul Yowell co-wrote “There’s A Star For Everyone” for Aretha Franklin. Drew was invited to sit in with Les Paul himself at the tender age of 14 and worked with other legends like Phoebe Snow, Dae Bennett, and Herb Alpert. He has performed onstage alongside Sophie B. Hawkins, James Maddock, Will Lee, among many others. Drew and his twin brother Doug Yowell (drummer for Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson and many others) both appear in the MTV music video for Sophie B Hawkins’ “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover”. Drew also co-wrote 2 songs with the late Phoebe Snow including the title track to her final release “Natural Wonder". Phoebe described the songs that she co-wrote with Drew as "two of the most beautiful songs I've ever written with anyone”.
Drew was Emmy nominated as a composer of original music he wrote for an MTV promo campaign. Recently, he was awarded as a winner of the ASCAP 2021 Screen Music Award. Drew was also a Top 20 Finalist in the 2007 American Idol Songwriter Contest for the co-written song titled "Secrets and Lies."
As a solo artist - he's brought people to their feet with his emotional performances from NY, Nashville and throughout Canada. As a songwriter - he continues to hone his craft with both solo material and songs co-written with fellow songwriters. Drew Yowell has a unique ability to capture different styles, utilizing his wealth of experience and vast talents.