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Femme Freak Folk

I am very excited to share with you the launch of an organization I have co-founded, the Arts and Music Catalyst Collective (AMCC), and its branch, the Femme Freak Folk concert series. Femme Freak Folk focuses specifically on creating events which showcase the wide range of women’s musical expression. All too often, women artists are lumped into a single genre, but the diverse cast presented at the Starry Plough (Berkeley) this Saturday will showcase the powerful individual expression of each woman-lead band. We are on at 10:45pm, but make sure to come early so you don’t miss out on the other amazing acts! Also, make sure to try the delicious food the Starry Plough kitchen serves until 10pm!

Saturday, October 13 7:30pm, show 8pm
Starry Plough Pub, Berkeley
$7-20 sliding scale

Advance Tickets can be found at Eventbrite for $10.

The Bay Area Arts and Music Catalyst Collective serves to support local Bay Area music (beyond just female artists), with the aim of:

– offering grants to emerging artists and artists struggling financially (with funding from the local tech companies)
– founding a concert series sponsored by local tech
– to build bridges across and within communities to support the local music and arts scene, so that artists/musicians can thrive within and grow beyond the Bay Area.

This list is for Ariel Wang band news only, but if you want to subscribe to the AMCC email list to keep up on the exciting news and future events and shows we have coming up, just reply to this email and I will add you.

See you all Saturday!


New Endings, New Beginnings

It feels good to be back, finally finished with school and excited for what’s coming. I get to share a bill with some of the finest musicians I know, who transcend what it means to be a folk artist. Join us at the Brick and Mortar on Wednesday, June 13, for a Femme Freak Folk Fest. 8pm.

Roxy Rawson
Emily Brown
Child of the Mountain
Ariel Wang

Flyer for June 13thBrickMortarRoxy

New Music Video + Live Show

A few moons ago, Terrell Liedstrand, Lewis Patzner, and I wandered into 25th Street Studio in Oakland. Hours later, after some magic camera waving by Jamie Turner, we walked out with a beautifully shot live music video of my newest song, “Fear”.

If you like what you hear…

Check us out LIVE at Cornerstone Berkeley on Tuesday, November 7th at 8:30pm.

  • Backed by the Town Quartet (of which Wangster Lewis Patzner is a member)
  • Featuring a surprise musical number
  • New merchandise available for purchase

Hope to see you there!


In Rooms coming to town…

Being in school makes summer even more special again. I love what I do there, playing chamber music and in the orchestra, taking private lessons, surrounded by people who are work really hard on their craft. Summer, though, is the time for self-direction and extended creativity (or, I have tons of free time now). I’ve also just moved, and for once have a specific room designated to the playing and creating of music and art.

I’ll be bringing new tunes to you at the Octopus Literary Salon on August 2nd, with my special talented bandmates Terrell Liedstrand and Nick Nirva. The show begins at 7:00pm, and opening up the night is Des Moines band In Rooms, followed by the very talented Rebecca Kleinmann & Alex Conde. I play last, but come early! The night of music is absolutely worth it.

Poster and Photo by Ariel Wang


A slip into the gopher hole

I’ve been mostly hibernating lately, and out of this deep forest expedition into new music, I’ve got a few more songs for you, all diving into the changing sounds that began with the year that birthed my second EP “Cat Faze“. I’ll be performing some of them for the first time at my show Friday, March 4th at The Starry Plough. Unfortunately Terrell can’t make that show, but I’ll be joined by Sarah Glass (harp, keyboard, and guitar), Lewis Patzner (cello), Nick Nirva (bass), and Tim Decillis (drums).

Hannah Werdmuller’s new band Django Moves to Portland (sploof on my part on the flyer), with members of Chonk!, will be opening the night. Some of you may have seen her solo act already, but even if you have you won’t want to miss out on the grooves this collective will shake.

Also sharing the bill is The Rugs, a band hailing from Chico, who”straddle several genres, producing alternative rock music with the occasional pop flair”.

Headlining the night is “rock n’ roll, folk, world, americana, funk, psychedelic, alternative” band Rainbow Girls. “With soaring harmonies and a slew of instruments, these gals weave their way through multiple musical genres, from rock n’ roll to folk, Americana to funk, psychedelic to soul.  The ladies came together at an underground open mic in Santa Barbara, CA in December of 2010 and spent the following summer busking and couch surfing around Europe.  Since then they have morphed from an acoustic street band into an electric, foot stomping spectacular, complete with plenty of mayhem, the juggling of instruments, and an entire spectrum of original music.” – AboutRainbow Girls

See you all there!

Friday, March 4th 2016
8:30pm show
The Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley


New Tunes, New Friends

I spent yesterday with Kim of Ghost Town Jenny with every intention of putting up flyers for our show together at Awaken Cafe July 24, but instead we ended up having lunch and browsing many antique stores. Part of the magic of music is that it’s connected me to so many cool people, and lovely new friends – notice a theme on this blog here? It still continues to blow my mind.

On another note of meeting cool people, I went to the Space Station to check out a house show (they do know how to do things there) and California Diamonds silenced the room with their beautiful harmonies and intricate guitar playing.

I won’t say much more for now. At this show I’ll be showcasing new songs, and you will get to hear two other ethereal beautiful bands create moving music.


Cat Faze

I’ve been in my cat phase. Sometimes I’ve got my cat face, and I feel a little cat faze. In this intrepid space of my life the muse came, and so birthed the compositions in this new compilation of tunes.

Before and since the first studio session with Jonah Strauss (Shipwreck Studio), much activity has influenced and culminated into what this EP release show (June 5th, at the Starry Plough) has come to be.

– Lewis Patzner (Judgement Day, La Dee Da) and Harrison Murphy (Harry & the Hitmen, Sun Hop Fat) added cello and keys respectively, giving the songs a new flavor while staying true to their core. Some of the songs will be played live (and possibly the only time ever) in the same configuration as on the album.

– The original Shipwreck Studio was destroyed by damages caused by a fire in the building which also killed two people (Donate to help restore Shipwreck here). The magic which has happened in this place, and for this EP, is stored only in memory. Don’t worry, Jonah is still recording though!

– Terrell Liedstrand, although best known as the guitarist for rock hip-hop group Forrest Day, is also a talented songwriter, mandolin player, fiddler, banjoist, and beat boxer. His songs have lingered in many living rooms and forrest gatherings, and will open up the night.

– Many fortuitous events led me to experience La Dee Da, known for Rosie Steffy’s creative songwriting, strong vocals and Wurlitzer leading a flute (Rebecca Kleinmann), cello (Lewis Patzner), bass (Aaron Handler), and drums (Daniel “Fletch” Fleischer). This article tells it much better than I could. “…let them create a soundtrack to your dreams that flurries between realms like a dragonfly through jungle, desert and rainforest.”

– I met my drummer, Melissa Killkuskie (Cave Clove), while playing violin for a live puppet show at a farm up north, and ended up house sitting for her when I was homeless many months back (the life of artists in the Bay Area have been tricky these past few years). This will be our charmed number third show together, and she’s keeping the band tight. She also introduced me to Cougar on a Meth Binge, up and coming trip-folk band which will also be rocking the night.

– The Starry Plough was my home pub for many years, and is where my entire music career began. My first experiences on stage as a singer-songwriter were at their tuesday open mics, and it is an honor to release my new EP at a venue known as a hub for all music, all ages, regulars, wanderers, drinkers, and thinkers.

Come to the show and let’s party!