CouchMusic.Live Presents: Samirah Evans with Franz Robert

Friday, 2/26/2021

and the Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center present a series of live-streamed performances honoring Black History Month, sponsored by River Valley Co-op and Atkins Farm:



Please join us in this celebration of how Black music enriches our collective culture and community!

Friday, February 26, 2021, at 7 p.m. EST
SUGGESTED ENTRY: $0 - $20+ (Pay what you want)
- You will be sent a link to the event following registration -

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“Samirah Evans is a skilled, energetic vocalist who fosters a magnetically charged relationship with her numerous fans. Perhaps that’s because she puts so much of herself into her art – she makes each song her own by probing its essence and then imbuing it with her own, authentic, heart-felt personality.”
 - Eugene Uman, Vermont Jazz Center Artistic Director
“Evans assets -- which once made her the toast of pre-Katrina New Orleans -- include her sultry, sometimes silken, always smoking hot vocals and vibrant stage presence. Add to this gumbo of saucy ingredients her passion for connecting with her audience while she’s moving and grooving on-stage.”
 - Owen McNally, WNPR Jazz Corridor

Samirah Evans is known for her dynamic, soulful approach to jazz and blues, among other genres. Her style is also heavily influenced by the New Orleans sound where she was one of the city’s most in-demand singers.
Her 1990 debut at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival began a stint of 15 consecutive years performing there as a leader or featured vocalist, and she was a fixture in both clubs and concert venues throughout the Crescent City, including Snug Harbor, Tipitina’s and the House of Blues. During her career, she has toured North and South America, Europe and Asia, sharing stages with a multitude of New Orleans notables and legendary artists, including James Brown, B.B. King, Dr. John, Levon Helm, Aaron Neville, Charles Neville, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Jr., Poncho Sanchez, Bob Dorough, Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins, Trombone Shorty and Sam Kininger, and Sheila Jordan.
Hurricane Katrina caused Samirah to relocate to her husband’s hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont. She assembled a band called Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils and developed notoriety throughout New England touring upon their 2009 CD release “Hot Club” Live at the Vermont Jazz Center, Evans 3rd release.
Evans will be accompanied by pianist Franz Robert, who started in his early teens as a church organist and pianist. He became enamored with the vast world of jazz and improvisation, composing and arranging all of the music for his debut album, On Putney Mountain at the age of 17. A devotee of Bach and Haydn. Robert continues to study and perform both classical music and jazz. The potential of Robert’s musical abilities and imagination are limitless.


Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center is a multi-venue event space in downtown Greenfield, MA. Bringing the best in art and entertainment, from nationally recognized touring acts to experimental theater, festivals, community events, and more, their mission is to present music and the arts in an accessible, compelling and hospitable manner to benefit the social and economic well being of our regional, national and worldwide community.

CouchMusic.Live is the independent music lover's guide to virtual live music experiences from around the corner and across the web. As a live streaming cooperative, the CouchMusic team brings together industry professionals from around the US with one common purpose - to provide a platform for artists, fans, venues, promoters, and labels to come together and to build a resilient community in the new frontier of the suddenly digitized live music arena. The site currently features a blog of livestream previews and reviews, a high-quality virtual venue featuring some of our favorite performers, and curated listings of streams by both local and mainstream musicians. The organization strives to shed light on the importance of the grassroots scene, especially within the context of this challenging time. By connecting the silos of the industry and beyond, we aim to be an inclusive and empowering force of good in a world desperately needing guidance towards a path of unity and respect.

Please support our live music community and the art that keeps our culture vibrant and robust! While it is not required that you pay in order to enjoy this event, we encourage you to give what you can to support the artists, venue and production crew bringing you these exciting live music experiences!
The safety of the artist and venue/production staff are our #1 priority. All CouchMusic.Live shows are socially distanced and follow best practices for preventative measures, such as mask-wearing and hand washing. It is our goal to provide artists and venues an opportunity to keep bringing live music to the world while still staying safe. We support common-sense safety measures that protect us all and, ultimately, ensure that we can continue to present shows like this into the future.

Location: Virtual Event

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