Singer/songwriter/pianist will visit the Clark Bar

Singer/songwriter/pianist will visit the Clark Bar

CHAMPAIGN — Singer/songwriter/pianist Elaine Romanelli, a nationally touring independent solo artist, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Clark Bar, 207 W. Clark St. The cover charge will be $5.

The Champaign-Urbana Singer/Songwriter Collective and Todd Durnil's Nightjar Promotions with the Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival is bringing Romanelli here. According to their news release:

"Romanelli's songs are folk/pop stories in a line stretching from Joni Mitchell, with a touch of Alison Krauss and a hint of Celtic lilt. Romanelli travels coast to coast with her keyboard, playing about 100 shows a year at house concerts, listening rooms, festivals and more.

"Her latest album, 'Real Deal,' has played on folk, college and syndicated public radio, and her next album is due out in late 2013. In addition to her own recordings, Romanelli has contributed to chart-topping albums by other folk artists, including Marci Geller, Mara Levine and SONiA/Disappear Fear."

To learn more about her, visit

Opening for Romanelli will be The Flower Jax, featuring local songwriter Kenna Mae Reiss and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Strand from the band The Curses. Daughter of famed local drummer Kenny Reiss, Kenna Mae burst onto the scene last year with her debut performance at the C-U Folk & Roots Festival, her performance in the C/U Singer-Songwriter Collective Showcase and the Nightjar Promotions showcase at Black Rock Pizza.

She is now studying theater arts at Parkland College, where she is a vocalist for the Parkland Jazz Ensemble.

Strand is a well-noted musician, leading such popular bands as The Curses, Ol' Number 7 and Wagon Fire, as well as two duos: The Flower Jax and The Flask Brothers (featuring Phil Alley). Strand hails from Rockford but has become a seminal force in the C-U music scene, performing regularly in one incarnation or another.

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