NAME: Karen Savoca
INSTRUMENT: Percussion, Piano, Guitar
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Life” by Sly & the Family Stone. I bought it because I was drawn to the cover, but it forever changed the way I hear music.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … My mom had been a big band singer and took me to see Sarah Vaughan at SPAC
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Piano. I really wanted a drum set, but being a girl got piano lessons instead. I bought a nylon string guitar later with birthday money.
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … This is a tough one because I was singing solos in school plays since kindergarten, so it was probably something very silly like “The Red, Red Robin.”
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … My first group in high school didn’t have a name. We would just set up in the park and play. The first real band I was in was at Syracuse University, called Next Of Kin. It was a really good band, but the name always bothered me because it sounded like bad news coming.
Singer-songwriter Karen Savoca and her musical partner Pete Heitzman offer an evening of acoustic soul music as they team up with Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart for a dynamic double-bill of duos at the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Friday. Tix are $24.