Folk Friday: Ladies Of Local, Annie Stokes

Folk Friday: Ladies Of Local

Annie Stokes

Kari Smith, Bethany Gates

Fri · February 10, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$0.00

Free

Folk Friday: Ladies Of Local
Folk Friday: Ladies Of Local
Folk Friday is back with the ladies of local. Virginia grown women who rock.

Featuring: Annie Stokes, Kari Smith, and Bethany Gates!
Annie Stokes
Annie Stokes
Annie Stokes is an indie-folk musician from Virginia. Raised in the nation's capital on an eclectic mixture of musical theater, bluegrass, and classic Americana, her music is a fusion of city sounds and country soul. Although playing guitar only began as a hobby, soon her hometown was buzzing about "that girl who sounds like Jewel."



Accompanying herself on guitar and ukulele, and with a talented band of players backing her up, Annie's extensive performance background includes street fairs, cafes, vineyards, bars, breweries, nightclubs, indie music festivals, and most recently the Sylvan Theater Stage on the National Mall. She released her first EP, Ponygirl, in December 2014, and is currently working on her first full length album with Blue Hippo Records.
Kari Smith
Kari Smith
Nashville-based Kari Smith gathers crowds with her fresh vocal style and contagious smile, whether it’s local fans in a crowded coffee shop, or on stage performing for thousands. Rather than waiting to be discovered, Kari finds her audience in local and regional venues, and fills her time outside of performing with writing, recording, and teaching music. In addition to solo acoustic performances, Kari performs with other bands in a variety of genres as a vocalist, keyboardist, and rhythm guitarist. Through these experiences, she has had the opportunity to share the stage with such national acts as Huey Lewis & the News, Sugar Ray, and Switchfoot. Her powerful rendition of the National Anthem has been heard at Richmond Braves games, concerts including The Doobie Brothers and Hootie & The Blowfish, an Extreme Fighting Championship in Richmond, VA’s Coliseum, and the Toughest Cowboy rodeo in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

"As a vocalist, Kari is mature beyond her years," says producer Matthew Roberts. In 2005, she independently released EP "go with you", including the bluesy, driving rhythm of "I Call It Love," which was featured in independent film "Middle of the Road" (August 2005, Red Cactus Films). Producer John Henneberger says that her writing is “superb and reflects that of a seasoned veteran while maintaining a freshness in approach needed in today's musical landscape." In August 2006, she followed up with an independently released full-length album, self-titled "Kari". She is working on a third record to be released in 2008 by Music Row producer Dennis Money.

Her first TV appearance in October 2007 featured an acoustic performance of her original music on PBS show “The Music Seen”, and her first network appearance on CBS’s “Virginia This Morning” aired in January 2008.

Kari made the move from Richmond, VA to Nashville, TN in 2006 to further her pursuit of performing and writing. She also holds an AA in Liberal Arts. Kari is a member of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers.)

Kari has played over 600 shows in 160 venues in 15 states, and maintains an active performance schedule.
Bethany Gates
Bethany Gates
Whether she is opening for some of the most popular artists in country music or giving her time to assist charities, singer-songwriter Bethany Gates has already discovered just how many lives one person can impact. The 20-year-old from Richmond, Virginia has already opened for Lee Ann Womack, Ashley Monroe, and Larry Gaitlin at the Beacon Theater in Hopewell, Virginia, and has even performed at the well-known Opry Mills Mall in Nashville, Tennessee.

Much of Bethany’s life has been dedicated to using the arts to touch lives. A passionate vocalist and instrumentalist, Gates also loves songwriting and uses her craft to tell genuine stories about her life as well as the lives of the people around her. She also spent many years in formal dance training and attended the prestigious Appomattox Governor’s School for the Arts and the Richmond Ballet.

Away from the world of music, Gates devotes much of her time in trying to help others. In addition to studying Radiology in the Radiation Sciences program at Virginia Commonwealth University, she is also an advocate of Grace Home Ministries. The program helps young pregnant woman by providing mentoring, classes, and other important services and is run entirely from donations. Gates also volunteers every Thanksgiving to assist The Giving Heart provide a delicious feast, supplies, and uplifting music to the military, the homeless, and people without family gathering annually at the Richmond Convention Center.
Venue Information:
Capital Ale House Music Hall
623 E Main Street
Richmond, VA, 23219
http://capitalalehouse.com/