https://www.hopartscenter.org/buyticket/10998 Hopkinton Center for the Arts
98 Hayden Rowe St
Hopkinton, MA 01748
HCA's new Songwriter's Circle is an opportunity for songwriters to work with a "special guest" professional songwriter who will help support and guide writers with any original song they bring. Our songwriters will share their expertise in a safe supportive environment. Participants can join at 6:00 pm for a one hour circle for $5.00. Attendees to the circle are invited to stay for a one hour concert with Ilana at 7:30 pm for an additional $10.00
ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST
Ilana Katz Katz is a Blues and Appalachian fiddler, singer, songwriter whose musical versatility has her performing solo, leading bands, and lending her fiddling prowess to a who’s who of Blues musicians from the Delta on up. She began as a busker in 2008, playing the crowded Boston subway platforms where she still performs when not touring. Known for her distinguished brand of Blues – including jazzy scat singing in sync with her fiddle – Ilana’s fiddling caught the ear of Ronnie Earl who volunteered to be on her debut album after she sat in with him one evening. He subsequently showcased her on a plethora of shows over the next few years, introducing her around and he included one of her songs on his subsequent record. Ilana’s 2017 release was picked up by the Vizztone Label Group (founded by longtime Muddy Waters guitarist Bob Margolin). She has shared the stage with Margolin on many occasions, and has also been a special guest on many stages including Shemekia Copeland, James Montgomery and blues prodigy Kingfish– to mention a few. She’s an in-demand recording artist and her songwriting credits – along with her fiddling - are blossoming on other people’s albums.
Her latest record, In My Mind, came out on October 8, 2021, debuting on the top 5 on the iTunes national blues chart. It continues to be a mainstay on the national blues and contemporary blues charts. As of this writing, November 29, 2021, her album is #1 on the Massachusetts Blues Chart and she has several songs on the national singles charts. She’s gaining popularity internationally with vast radio play of her latest release. In My Mind is a singer-songwriter bounty of original songs, with only one traditional cover tune. From the deep blues to the jazzy swing feel, Katz covers a lot of ground, and her lyrics match the tides of her melodies. Her beautifully seasoned vocals evoke the essences of Rickie Lee Jones, Alison Krauss, and hints of Joni Mitchell. The music is even wrapped in Ilana’s selfportrait watercolors on front/back covers. Katz is also a published novelist, screenwriter, and a visual and apparel artist.
$5 - everyone