The Porch Party Mamas were the headlining band at Empowering Women Boston-Hub’s premiere Empowering Women Presents Concert! Suzy Spivey (Host on Empowering Women Boston Hub) interviewed the Porch Party Mamas backstage before the concert! Felicia Brady, Ksenia Mack, Katrin Peterson, Jane Grondin, Kelly Riley.
Here are the Porch Party Mamas:
Kelly Riley – vocals, guitar, bass
Kelly Riley sings her heart out and plays guitar and bass. She is a Berklee College of Music Alum and an Award-Winning performer and songwriter. Among her accolades: TOP WINNER, Nashville Songwriter’s Association International Competition; HONORS AWARD WINNER, Great American Songwriting Contest; FINALIST, Lilith Fair Competition; GRAND PRIZE WINNER, Providence Song Slam. Kelly has also opened for some notable musicians, including Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. Songs from her first CD, “Live and You Learn” have been featured nationally and internationally on TV programs such as “The Young and the Restless” and “One Life To Live.”
Felicia Brady - vocals, accordion, guitar, bass
Katrin Peterson – percussion, vocals
A powerful percussionist force in her own right, Katrin integrates the powerful rhythms of South America with the necessities of American Folk music. A Swiss national, she received her formal training in music and percussion in Germany and Holland and continued her studies in Brazil, Cuba and New York. She has performed extensively and has appeared on radio and TV including “The Late Show”. Her debut CD “weightless” was recorded in New York with Jazz giants Danny Gottlieb and Mike Richmond amongst others.
Ksenia Mack – vocals, guitar
While getting her degree in classical guitar at U Conn, Ksenia covered the local bar circuit and gave numerous interviews on college radio stations, and opened for Arlo Guthrie while still in her teens. Ksenia moved into the Boston music scene, and developed a strong solo career with regular appearances at Passim, Cape Cod Melody Tent, Music Circus, and Paradise Rock Club. Over the course of her career, Ksenia has opened for Willie Nelson, Indigo Girls, Warren Zevon, Marc Cohn, Robert Cray, The Guess Who, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Ferron, Paula Poundstone, Aleka`s Attic, Aimee Mann, and Marti Jones. She has also performed with Patty Griffin and Catie Curtis, and was a Lilith Fair Finalist.
Jane Grondin – fiddle, guitar, and vocals
Jane grew up in Texas, studying classical violin and piano. As a teenager, she picked up the guitar and started writing and performing her own music. While still in high school
she performed as a young singer/songwriter all around Houston, including the famed folk club Anderson Fair. After graduating, she toured and recorded with the popular Texas progressive country-rock band, Dogtooth Violet. With this group, she shared the stage with musicians such as Lynard Skynard and Louisiana & Texas Blues man Clarence Gatemouth Brown. Jane spent her years as a 20-something in LA, where she married and started a family. She eventually ended up in NH, where she raised her family and became a music teacher, specializing in young children. As her children grew older, she took up celtic fiddling and learned Irish & Scottish fiddling styles. She has performed in several Renaissance Fairs and various musical theatre formats. She eventually made her way back to her singer/songwriter roots by becoming the newest member of the Porch Party Mamas.
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