Heather Maloney at Caffe Lena

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From Bob Dylan to Arlo Guthrie, Caffe Lena is famous for launching promising new artists into stardom. This Friday, November 11, singer-songwriter Heather Maloney will join the venue’s renowned list of visitors. The concert is the second stop on Maloney’s “ProjecTour,” an immersive audio-visual experience in which audience members will be surrounded by mood-board style vintage art inspired by the stories and characters in Maloney’s songs. At the end of the show participants vote for their favorite songs using a physical “Ballad Box,” or by tweeting at #ProjecTour. The votes will determine which songs appear on Maloney’s next LP.

Maloney’s star-power skyrocketed after the release of her latest single “Make Me Break.” (https://heathermaloneymusic.bandcamp.com/) She received encouraging reviews from Huffington Post, Consequence of Sound, No Depression, and the New York Times, who called Maloney’s work “utterly gorgeous” and “visceral.” The final song on the record “Nightstand Drawer,” landed Maloney a television song placement on CBS’s “Elementary.”

Maloney’s influences date back to her childhood in Northern New Jersey, where her mother claims that she serenaded shoppers at the local grocery store. Maloney’s folky-pop/rock sound is due in part to a fascination with her parent’s record collection, which included Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac and the Beatles. Growing up a ‘90s kid, she also cites Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morisette, Bonnie Rait, and Mariah Carey, as major musical influences.

Despite an early interest, it took Maloney some time to find her musical footing. She spent the first few years of her twenties experiencing self-proclaimed “Musical A.D.D.,” training in classical opera, jazz, and Indian vocal techniques. The frustration compelled Maloney to suddenly join a silent meditation retreat center, where she spent three years. It was there, amongst peace and no noise whatsoever, where Maloney finally found inspiration and began to write her first songs.

Since then, she has toured as a Signature Sounds artist as both a headliner and an opener for acts such as Lake Street Dive, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Gary Clark Jr., Colin Hay, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and more. She collaborated in 2014 with Boston quartet Darlingside on their Woodstock EP, a tribute to the Joni Mitchell/Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young anthem. The cover was featured on the New York Times and called by Graham Nash himself, “Delicious, really excellent.”

The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and children, $18 for members, and $20 for the general public. They can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2628158. The event will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs, located at 624 North Broadway, as Caffe Lena is under construction.

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