The first ever “Relative Pitch Presents…” (recap)

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from left to right: The Lang Sisters, Rissi Palmer, Brooke Hatala, & Sydney Stoker

*Side note: I apologize for the delay in this post. I have been on the road promoting my new project and just haven’t had the time. I am currently planning the next event and will have the dates posted shortly! – Rissi

On Saturday, June 20, the first ever “Relative Pitch Presents…” was held at Sola Coffee Cafe’ in North Raleigh. This show was created to highlight some of the outstanding talent I have seen perform at the Relative Pitch Open Mic in the past who I felt were ready for a larger platform. Our featured performers for the inaugural show were pop singer Sydney Stoker, singer-songwriter Brooke Hatala, and bluegrass /americana artists The Lang Sisters.  We had a packed house (standing room only at one point!) and the ladies didn’t disappoint!

Sydney started the evening off with some of her favorite re-worked covers. Though it was her first ever “gig”, she was like an old pro. Here is a clip of her performing her version of “Lost Stars” by Adam Levine:

Next was Brooke Hatala. Already a seasoned performer at the age of 14, she dazzled the audience with her original songs as well as her covers. Brooke’s polish and professionalism impressed us all and left us wanting more!  Here is a clip of her performance of :

Finally, our last performers of the evening, the award winning Lang Sisters. Though they are only 13 and 17, these two pickers are darlings in the Bluegrass and Americana circuits and have won several accolades over the years.

A BIG thank you to Sola for allowing us to use their space and to all those who came to support the young artists!  I am in the process of planning our next show and have a fabulous line up.  Stay tuned!!!

“The Relative Pitch Presents” on Friday, June 20

Relative Pitch Show Poster 6.20.15 (1) I am excited to announce the Relative Pitch’s first showcase!!! Over the years we have come across some truly special young people who are ready to take the stage for their own show. This is that opportunity. On Saturday, June 20 at 7:30pm at Sola Coffee Cafe​ we will be featuring Pop/Folk vocalist Sydney Stoker, Singer-songwriter Brooke Hatala​, and Bluegrass prodigies The Lang Sisters​. The show is free, we hope you’ll join us and support talented young people in The Triangle!!!

Triangle Young Performer Opportunity: Teen Fest 2015 Auditions

Saturday, April 11; 1-4pm

YMCA – St. Augustine’s Program Center

1420 Oakwood Avenue

Raleigh NC 27610

Students ages 14 – 19 are invited to audition for TeenFest 2K15. All acts must be original; must have an anti-drug or anti-violence theme; must be 3.5 – 5 minutes long. Acts will be judged on relevance to theme (drug prevention/violence reduction/anti-underage drinking/anti-underage smoking); clarity of message; creativity; quality of performance (polished and ready for the big stage); connection to audience; appropriateness of performance (no lewd behavior, language, dress).

The top scoring audition acts will be invited to compete at TeenFest 2K15 at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel on Saturday, May 2. Cash and other prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Best performers will also be invited to join the TeenFest Performance Troupe and continue performing for other audiences. Click HERE for more information.

Beperformers will also be invited to join the TeenFest Performance Troupe and continue performing for other audiences.

February 28 Relative Pitch Recap (video)

Best. Show. EVER!  The first show of 2015 was definitely one for the books and one that made me extremely proud. We had participants from the ages of 3 to 17, many first timers, several instrumentalists, and the ladies ruled the evening.

First up was 13 year old Abby singing a soulful cover of “Somebody to Love” by Queen, accompanying herself on guitar:

Next was McKenzie, a Relative Pitch regular, performing a jazzy take on Erykah Badu’s “On & On”:

The Lang Sisters (visit their site HERE), whose past gigs include Raleigh’s First Night celebration, blessed us with their harmonies and superb guitar picking skills on two selections:

Next, another first timer, Brynn, and her father Rob performed a sweet cover of “Riptide”:

Finally, adorable 7 year old Violet gave us an impressive acapella performance to close out the show:

It warms my heart to see so many kids (especially girls) playing instruments and working on their musicianship. I hope that you will join us for our next Relative Pitch Open Mic, scheduled for May 9.  Thank you again to Sola Coffee Cafe for being so accommodating, I think we’ve found a perfect fit there!!!  Until next time…

Rissi :-)

A Message from Kim

Our co-founder and co-host Kim Arrington will be leaving The Relative Pitch. It has been a pleasure working with her. The contributions she made have been invaluable and she will be missed. We wish her much love and luck in all of her endeavors!!!

Here’s a word from Kim:
“Three years ago, Rissi approached me with the amazing idea to give a space to young people that wanted to perform. I have had such a wonderful time working with The Relative Pitch.

Due to deepening personal and professional commitments, I have made the tough decision to step away from the Relative Pitch. I want to thank all of the amazing performers, families, friends, venues, and Rissi for such a meaningful experience. I know the Relative Pitch will continue to fulfill its mission to be a place “Where youth and music come together and come alive!” “- Kim