Sammy Rae & The Friends

Pearl Street Nightclub (10 Pearl Street, Northampton MA 01060)


Singer/songwriter, bandleader, and human being Samantha Bowers was born in thesmall town of Derby, Connecticut. Sam first began writing songs at age 12 while taking pianolessons and listening to Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Freddie Mercury playing on the familystereo. By 16, Sam developed a love of jazz and began to study the great female vocalists ofthe century (mainly Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Sarah Vaughn) as she started to performoriginal compositions in local Connecticut and New Jersey venues. She would go on to writeand release 3 LP records by the age of 18.In 2013 at age 19, Sam packed up and moved to New York to pursue music andsongwriting. In 2016, The Friends were born from a collection of talented musicians and friends.Sammy Rae & The Friends would play shows around the NY Metro area as Sam keptcomposing and sharpening her craft, culminating in the July 2018 release of the self-producedEP ‘The Good Life’, premiered to a sold-out crowd at C’Mon Everybody in Brooklyn. The releasemarked a fresh start for the seasoned vocalist showcasing her skills as a composer, arranger,lyricist, and bandleader on her fourth release. Since the release of their May single ‘Saw ItComing’, The Friends have enjoyed 6 sold-out shows in New York at well-known venues suchas Knitting Factory, Bowery Electric, DROM, and Rockwood Music Hall. The lyrics focus onthemes of coming-of-age, defiance, and self-expression. Her genre blending performances arehigh-energy, honest and quirky, influenced by the great performances of her childhood classicrock heroes.In short, The Friends are the band. A rotating cast with some core all-the-time members.Their full band performances feature 9 pieces: a rhythm section, a horn section, keyboards, andtwo back up singers, all lead by Rae through high-energy vocals and an assortment ofinstruments. On a grander scale, The Friends is the community of followers, artists andcreatives who help in the creation of the songs and the world. Merchandise item ‘The OfficialFriends Membership Card’ offers a goodie bag at every show, drink deals, discountedadmission and invite-only after-parties. We don’t have fans, we have Friends.Appearances by SR&TF are fully conceptualized and contained shows with opening andclosing themes offering the invitation ‘I Wanna Be Friends With Ya’, sung interludes,choreography, and the occasional costume change or skit. The community of the band istangible and the energy is contagious. Performances are safe spaces for our audiences to makeFriends, dress boldly and dance how they like. Described as ‘a celebration, a revival, and aninclusive community all in a rock and roll performance’The mission statement of Sammy Rae & The Friends is made clear in the final remarkssung at every show: ‘Go put a smile on somebody’s face, go tell somebody they’ve got a placein this world, go tell somebody you wanna be Friends with them.’