Jessica Perry‘s all female, electronic/experimental band, Vanilla Sugar brings high energy to the stage and delivers an eclectic mix of genres in their songwriting and music in the studio and live.. Compsed of LA-based singer guitarist/keyboard artist Jessica Perry (JP) and Texas-based bassist Vanessa V, they fill the stage with intense beats and hot guitar licks. Vanilla Sugar was the brainchild of JP who wanted to form an all-female band and found Vanessa V who fit perfectly with JP’s sound. The have won The Buzz Indie/Punk Band Of The Year 2014, the Buzz Best Live Performance 2015 and JP was named Best Female Keyboradist in Texas in 2015 by MTV.
Amelia Romano began her lessons on a lever harp at the age of 9 with famed Diana Stork, who inspired early compositions and improvisation. Romano played in a variety of youth ensembles, graduated from the San Francisco School of the Arts High School, performing Laura Zaerr’s “Celtic Concerto,” and released her first solo album, “Seeking Peace,” in her senior year. After her B.A. at US Berkeley, she worked in a township music school outside Cape Town, South Africa, which deeply shaped her musical creativity She returned to the S.F. Bay Area in 2011, took up the electric harp and helped form a dynamic trio, “StringQuake,” and never looked back. She has been performing, recording and touring with her unique Latin flair, soulful lyrics and world rhythms for 15 years. She formed the All That Bad Trio in Fall 2016 and will release her second full length album, “New Perspectives,” featuring the electric harp and local talent, which combines Latin rhythms, blues and nostalgic storytelling to re-imagine the role of the harp in today’s musical landscape.