Friday, April 12th 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bluebird Golden Pick Contest, November 2023 Winner – The Bluebird Cafe, Taylor Guitars (Nashville, TN)
2022 Americana Artist of the Year – Capital District Thomas Edison Music Awards (The Eddies)
“Northeast throws down the country gauntlet, representing a rural heartache to rival any Nashvillian, sad-luck troubadour…The pluck and twill of strings weave around the beat as it barrels into the tragic and beautiful crush of human frailty.” – Chronogram Magazine
“Indie roots-rock with an edge” – Nippertown
“Milonovich is a world class fiddler and very talented singer, and her accompanist has a simple versatility with the acoustic guitar that sounds a lot easier than it is to accomplish. These musicians are obvious lifers.” – North Coast Journal
“A ‘mix of bluegrass and a twinge of political/punk attitude and lyrics…’” – The Corner
“…what Nashville would sound like if it was just a bit smarter…” – Daily Freeman
Upstate New York singer, songwriter, and fiddler Sara Milonovich returns to the Playhouse with her longtime musical partner guitarist Greg Anderson for an intimate evening of original roots, folk, and alt-Americana gems.
A 2023 Winner of the Bluebird Cafe’s Golden Pick Contest, Milonovich’s latest album, ‘Northeast’, is packed with atmospheric, powerful pieces, with words that paint poignant, personal scenes, and melodies that linger long after the last listen. As an interpreter Sara is a singular force as well, weaving her own experiences and artistic voice through the threads of well-chosen, lived-in covers of songs by the likes of Josh Ritter, Karine Polwart, Joe Strummer, and Led Zeppelin.
Sara, who was named 2022 Americana Artist of the Year by the Capital District Thomas Edison Music Awards, is also a seasoned side musician to such artists as Richard Shindell, Pete Seeger, Eliza Gilkyson, and Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, and a featured player in the recent smash Broadway musical ‘Come From Away’.
Raised on her family’s working farm in northeast upstate New York, she started on violin at age four and rapidly established a regional reputation as a top-flight fiddler. At 16, Sara dropped out of school and joined legendary Celtic bluegrass outfit the McKrells. Between accompanying other mentors — including Seeger, on his Grammy-winning 2008 album ‘At 89’ — she released 2009’s Daisycutter. After a 2011 U.S. State Department/Jazz at Lincoln Center-sponsored “Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad” tour through Kosovo, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Turkey, she recorded 2015’s ‘Waiting for the Stars’, which earned her enthusiastic reviews and comparisons to paragons like Shawn Colvin and Sheryl Crow.