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Sunday, April 06, 2014

The Mystical Creature CD Release party was Fantastic!!!

Our CD Release party was so fun! Such a blast!!!!! Thank you everyone that made it such a successful night! Bube’s Brewery is such a cool place. We have already made plans for next year!!! Plans in the works for next year’s CD Release party/ my birthday;)
Steven Schultz was photographing the night! My little boy and my husband worked the merchandise table and brought out a sheet cake for my birthday in between our sets!
Joseph and I rocked for a good two hours playing all the songs from my new CD,” Mystical Creature”!
Sofeya and the Puffins opened up the night and Jonathan Frazier played cool soundscapes to start us off on our mystical rocking voyage:)
Next stop; the Spoutwood Fairie Festival!!!!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My new cd,” Mystical Creature” has arrived!!!

The freshly packed boxes of my new cd,” Mystical Creature” arrived yesterday, tomorrow is my birthday and this Saturday, is our cd release party!
We’re having our party at the legendary (and haunted) Bube’s Brewery!!! Festive attire is highly encouraged!

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Monday, March 03, 2014

Jessica Star,” Mystical Creature” CD Release Party!!!

We are having my CD Release party soon!!! I’m so excited! The album sounds AMAZING!!! So come celebrate with us!
Saturday, March 29th at 7pm
At Bube’s Brewery, Mt. Joy, PA

Sofeya and the Puffins will be opening the show:)

This is one of the shots taken by photographer, Steven Schultz!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Last day of mixing before we are finished with the audio part of my new album!!!!!

January has been,” make an album” month!!!! I want to do this every January! I’m sitting here in my studio which strangely and magically is the only room in our home where the heat is working… And I’m listening to new mixes as Winter rolls them off the press, fresh and hot!
Thirteen songs:)

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Last night in California

What a tornado!!! This is my fourteenth day in Northern California for the making of my new album!!! I fly home to New York tomorrow… Whew! This has been so amazing. We recorded 13 songs in 11 days. Joseph, my bassist (for anyone who doesn’t know that already) was out here with me for the first week and then I stayed to keep recording and help with editing and mixing. Now Winter will work his producer magic and start sending me mixes. I am so grateful to have been able to record this album. My husband, Ben, is a real rockstar. He told me eleven years ago that we’d make this happen and we did! I love it when a good plan comes together!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Third day of recording!!!

We’ve done basic tracks for eleven out of thirteen songs in three days!!!! Wow!!! And not only does it sound amazing; it’s really fun! Winter is hilarious.

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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Joseph and I fly to Oakland, California this Saturday to spend two weeks recording with Winter!!!!!

I was born in Oakland and I think it’s really interesting that I recorded my first album in Berkley( next door to Oakland) back in 1995 at Fantasy Studios and now, 19 years later(!!!) I’m returning to record my fourth album with Winter Sichelschmidt at El Mundo Bueno Studios!
Yep, I released “Solo”, my third album, in 2002. That same year I moved to NYC and began my metamorphosis into what I am now, a New Yorker. It happened. I really am a New Yorker! I am so friggin busy and focused.
Another focus that has been really intense is that I just became a Zumba instructor and last night I taught the entire Zumba class by myself! I have a ballet, modern and jazz background and haven’t really danced since 1993 when I switched over to being a musician. I went to a Zumba class at our gym about a year ago and fell in love! It’s so fun!
My favorite Zumba teacher has to take a break to heal some injuries and I just felt like I needed to step up. I got certified as a Zumba instructor and I’ve been learning about two to three routines a week along with focusing on my new album. So, I’m taking over her class while she heals and I am having a great time with it. Yes, very busy but all amazing creations. I’ll be gone from my new class for the next two weeks while I make my new album and then I’ll be back and we will be getting hot and sweaty! Yeah, I said it!
My husband and I have been working diligently on forging this reality for eleven years. We got married, had our son Joshua and recently bought an amazing house. Oh, and we JUST got the cutest dog!
So, I have been writing these songs I’ll be recording and shaping myself and my music and now it’s time to make my new record. We have thirteen songs! I feel this will be my best album so far for many reasons. One reason is that I’m working with a bunch of my fellow musicians who tour and play the same festivals that I’ve been playing for the past two years. Finding these kindred spirits has been amazing. I left my whole tribe out in Northern California in 2002 to live my dream. I missed everyone for years (eleven and counting)!!!!!! It took me a very long time to find more kindred spirits. I had to keep following the truest feelings in my heart and inner guidance and whalah! I found the Faery Festivals!
Tomorrow, my last day home before my two week epic studio journey, will be very busy getting ready and preparing. As a mom of both my little boy and three cats and a new dog, I have a lot of Beings depending on me. My absence is felt very deeply. My husband and family understand my dreams and my need to fulfill them. They support me in every way.
I love my life. I am so honored to be able to live and experience the reality I’m in.
I still miss my west coast people so much and hopefully I’ll be able to see some of them while I’m out there although two weeks is a very short time to record an entire album. I feel that my life is coming full circle. (Exhale)....

Thank you God!

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Monday, November 25, 2013

New album in the works!

We are gearing up to record my fourth cd this January.
We will be working with Winter out in Oakland.
We are soon auditioning cellists and drummers to play shows starting next March at our
*CD Release Party* at
Bube’s Brewery on
Saturday, March 29th!

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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Rehearsal weekend

This weekend was so much fun!
Joseph came up and stayed over and we played music for about 14 hours over Saturday and Sunday! We are so excited for this weekend coming up and FaerieCon East! Brett Alexander Zwerdling will be playing percussion with us and there’s a rumor that Damion will will be gracing us with her amazing dancing!
I’ve been listening to Woodland’s new cd and I just love it. It sounds like the music you’d hear if you happened upon a faerie gathering at night in an open field under a starry sky.
Our show is this Friday, Nov. 8th at 3:30 on the Mythic Stage (upstairs)... We have a vending table so come visit us! We have a bunch of new merchandise!!!

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Monday, October 28, 2013

FaerieCon East!!!

Here is the programming for FaerieCon East!!!


Greetings Friends,

We’re EXCITED and we think you will be too! This is the biggest schedule of Programming ever at FaerieCon East! There’s SO much to do so check out the schedule below and begin to plan your time now. . Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet an amazing group of authors and artists and hear them speak and present…
get your FaerieCon Tickets now!
Garden room – upstairs

Friday November 8th
• 1:30-1:45 Opening Welcome
• 1:45-2:15 Artist Presentation: Renae Taylor
• 2:30-3:15 Artist Presentation: Dennis Nolan/Lauren Mills
• 3:30-4:15 Art and Animation of Cory Godbey
• 4:30-5:15 Spotlight on Charles de Lint

Saturday November 9th
• 12:00-12:45 Meet the Authors: Melissa Marr, Carolyn Turgeon, Sarah Zettel
• 1:00-1:45 Artist Presentation: Sean Andrew Murray
• 2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Jim Butcher
• 3:15-4:00 Artist Presentation: Gary Lippincott
• 4:15-5:00 Artist Presentation: James A. Owen

Sunday November 10th
• 12:00-1:00 Artist Presentation: Julia Jeffrey
• 1:15-2:15 Designing and Creating New Oracle and Tarot Decks: Raven Grimassi, Stephanie Taylor-Grimassi, Julia Jeffrey, Caroline Kenner of Fool’s Dog, and Gary Lippincott
• 2:45-3:30 Presentation: Charles Vess
• 3:30-4:30 Charles de Lint & Charles Vess Panel
• 4:45-5:00 Closing Farewell

Salon A – Downstairs

Friday November 8th
• 2:00-2:45 Steven Schultz: Shooting Faeries (Photography)
• 3:00-3:45 Meet the Authors: Caitlin Kittredge, Kelly Link, Gavin Grant, Alethea Kontis
• 4:00-5:15 Raven Grimassi: Horns of Honor: Redeeming the Sacred Horned Ones of Paganism.

Saturday November 9th
• 12:00 – 12:45 Faerie In The Marketplace (Artists): Cory Godbey, Renae Taylor, Dennis Nolan, Lauren Mills, Julia Jeffrey
• 1:00 – 1:45 Seelie and Unseelie: Choosing Sides in Faerie: Jim Butcher, Charles deLint, Melissa Marr, Sarah Zettel
• 2:00 – 2:45 Fairies Favorite Foods: Dawn Aurora Hunt
• 3:30 – 4:15 Steampunk Panel: Kelly Link, Gavin Grant, Caitlin Kitteredge
• 5:00 – 6:00 Magic of Story: Melissa Marr, James Owen, Kelly Link

Sunday November 10th
• 11:30 – 12:15 Faerie in the Marketplace (Authors): James Owen, Gavin Grant, Jim Butcher, Melissa Marr, Annette Curtis Klause
• 12:30 – 1:15 Vendor Artists Panel: Meredith Dillman, Jennifer Davies-Reazor, Kimberly Coffman, Mary Layton, and Jane Starr Weils
• 1:30 – 2:15 Steven Schultz: Shooting Faeries II (Photography)
• 2:30 – 3:15 A Funny Thing Happened: Adventures in Writing

Maryland Ballroom – Upstairs

Friday November 8th
• 3:30 – 4:30 Concert: Jessica Star
• 4:45 – 5:30 Event: “Everybody Drum” Circle

Saturday November 9th
• 12:00 – 12:45 Green Man Procession + Panel Discussion
• 1:00 – 2:00 Event: Fashion Show
• 2:00 – 3:00 Performance: Aubergine Faeries
• 3:00 – 4:00 Concert: Charles de Lint and MaryAnn Harris

Sunday November 10th
• 12:00 – 12:45 Costume Contest – Kids
• 1:00 – 1:45 Event: Costume Contest – Adults
• 2:00 – 2:45 Performance: Aubergine Faeries
• 3:30 – 4:30 Concert: Woodland Acoustic
• 4:30 – Close: Event: “Everybody Drum” Circle

Tack Suite: Author Workshop Room

Friday November 8th
• 2:00-3:00 Jim Butcher “Heroes and the Other Guys: Creating Protagonists and Antagonists”
• 3:30-4:30 Carolyn Turgeon “Describing the Fantastic: Techniques and Writing Exercises for Making the Imaginary Seem Real”
• 5:00-6:00 Author Tea: Drop by and see who’s hanging out.

Saturday November 9th
• 11:00-11:45 Emma Casale “No Grown-Ups Allowed Writing Workshop” (ages 10+)
• 12:00-1:00. Lauren Mills and Dennis Nolan “Writing Picture Books”
• 1:15-2:15. Alethea Kontis: “A Little Bit of Everything With Alethea Kontis”
• 3:00-4:00 Sarah Zettel “Designing Magic Systems”

Sunday November 10th
• 12:30-1:30 Kelly Link and Gavin Grant “The Short Story: Editor and Writer”


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Monday, October 14, 2013

New Deal Cafe!!!

I just had such a friggin amazing weekend! I drove down to Maryland on Friday and rehearsed with my bassist, Joseph Blackfeather, and then we played at The New Deal Cafe on Saturday night with Brett Alexander Zwerdling as a guest drummer. We had a great time playing. Joseph built a stage set with scaffolding and beautiful curtains. It looked really nice and was the perfect accent for our show. Thank you to all of you who came to hear us play! We hope to play there again soon.
Sunday we went to the Maryland Renn Faire and Joseph introduced me as his singer. I loved it! I’m usually the one doing the introductions of “my drummer, my bassist”. It was great to be his singer. The Maryland Renn Faire is HUGE! We ran into Cu Dubh a few times and saw a bunch of friends including Alan and Deb O’Connor.
What a fantastic day.
Then, today I drove up to my friend, Cynthia’s house and we went to check out Bube’s Brewery to see where I wanted to play. It is soooo cool and magical!
We are going to have my cd release party there on Saturday, March 29th in the ballroom!
Cynthia is also working on her new cd. Her band is Sofeya and the Puffins!
I’m so grateful. I have met and am supported and surrounded by amazing people.

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Monday, September 09, 2013

NY Faerie Festival Fun(d)raiser this weekend!!!

This Saturday night, my band will be playing deep in the forest on The Forest Stage with some awesome bands! I’m so excited!
It’s the NY Faerie Festival Fall Fun(d)raiser!!! Three days of fun and music!
Other news? My little family and I moved out of our house of three years on August 31st and we are waiting for our house to close (buying a house!). So we are living in a hotel with our cats! We have a little mini fridge but no kitchen. We’ve been eating in restaurants a lot. I usually cook almost everything we eat and I’m pretty militant about my food. It’s challenging, eating healthy when you’re eating out.
I think of it as being on tour or at least preparation for touring.
We call this a ‘staycation’...
We have also been having a great time going to the NY Renn Faire on the weekends. It’s just so pleasant, especially with our little boy!
I added a guitar effects machine to my musical mix… It’s a laboratory!!!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Fall 2013 shows!!!

Show dates!

September 14th
NY Faerie Festival fun(d)raiser
$50 suggested donation
Friday Evening: Bardo Brothers concert at the circle stage, followed by a Rhythm-Ritch Firecircle deep into the night. Saturday Evening: Potluck Feast around/at 8:00ish on the Forest Stage “Frenchy & the Punk” will kick off our Sylvan Dance Party After “Frenchy & the Punk”, “Strauss &Co;” (just back from recording in Germany with Stockfish Records) will drive the dance energy, until handing over the stage to the “Jessica Star Band”...after which we will then round out the night with a short set from U8 the FayFood and a longer one from The Clusterface Jam Band.

Saturday, October 12th 8-11pm
New Deal Cafe
113 Centerway
Roosevelt Center
Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 474-5642

November 8th-10th
FaerieCon East!
Baltimore, MD

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Friday, August 09, 2013

new video from FaerieWorlds!!!

Here is,” Red Phoenix Aflame” from our first show at FaerieWorlds on Saturday, July 27th, 2013!

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Monday, August 05, 2013

Sometimes life moves fast!

One week ago today I was fresh from FaerieWorlds in Portland, Oregon. By myself for the first time in a while and feeling the vibrations of three shows we played over the weekend.
Now I’m here in New York still resting a bit from the cross country plane trip. My thoughts are on training. As my normal mode; training, preparing, making ready for the next festival, recording, show, song…
And now I have two more shipmates (other than myself).
I’ve always had shipmates but I’ve tended to think in terms of being a solo act, thus my last cd,“Solo”.
Ken Om Crampton and Joseph Blackfeather are my running buddies and I really look forward to the next time we play!

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