Nicki Sbaffoni

May 16, 2012

Nicki_Promo_Photo_2011When asked to describe her musical life so far in 2012, Nicki Sbaffoni responds, “Busy, busy, busy. . .but loving every second and blessed by every opportunity!”  As an acoustic entertainer (or performing songwriter, depending on the night of the week), Nicki is indeed one of the busiest players in the scene.  With close to 130 performances in 2011, she is already poised to hit that same mark before September.  While Nicki attributes the bounty of gigs to an alignment of the stars, it’s easy to see why she is so busy.  She’s not afraid to try new things or push the envelope of what acoustic entertainers are expected to do, gaining respect from bar owners, staff, and fellow musicians alike.

A few new things she’s working on include a collaboration with acoustic kindred spirit Alia (www.aliamusic.com), and local funny man Harry Baker at the new Ortlieb’s Lounge (3rd & Poplar in the Northern Liberties).  A combination of musical requests, comedy, and sing-a-longs, their weekly gig, titled “Two Songbirds and an Idiot”, makes Sunday Brunch a blast.  “I had no idea if I would be able to comfortably play off of Harry’s comedy, his huge personality,” says Nicki about the experiment.  “I’ve surprised myself at how easy it actually is and how much fun we’re all having!  I’ve even said a few funny things all by myself!”

Another new venture, Nicki is loving “Acoustic Tuesdays” at the Twisted Tail (509 S. 2nd St. Philadelphia).  While known for the upstairs Juke Joint and amazing blues sessions, the Twisted Tail is giving the acoustic night a try, and Nicki is the perfect player for the job.  She’s currently the main act from 6:30 to 9:30 every Tuesday, performing requests from all genres (mostly rock and blues to fit the theme of the venue) as well as her own originals.  Once the night evolves into more of a songwriter night, Nicki is excited to serve as host.  She is a staple of the open mic circuit and admits that while solo shows are great and pay the bills, there’s incredible value in showcases. “There’s such a great community of players in this area, so much talent.  Not all of us can carry a 3 or 4 hour gig.  Their songs need a stage too!”

Additional projects for the summer include acoustic duo shows with Scott Allan Knost from Wichita, Kansas (www.scottallanknost.com) and full band original shows.  Acclaimed three piece, the Blak Sheep, are backing up Nicki in the studio, and she’s completely geeked to play with them in support of her upcoming CD, “Falling all the time”.  Also a member of Conquer Entertainment Philly, Nicki will be sharing all the original magic at venues like World Café Live and the Grape Room very soon.

Nicki performs 3 to 6 times a week year round at venues all over Philadelphia and down the shore.  She is scheduled for every summer Saturday at Harry’s Ocean Bar at the Montreal Inn in Cape May, as well as shows at Dogtooth Bar & Grill (Wildwood), Woody’s Place (N. Wildwood), and the Dead Dog Saloon (Sea Isle City).  Locally, she performs at Tony’s Place (Ivyland), Ashburner Inn, Curran’s Irish Inn, the Jughandle Inn, Flat Rock Saloon (Manayunk), and many more.  Download her APP for Android or iPhone for instant access to schedule, original songs, video links, and more!  Nicki’s official website, www.acousticnicki.com, has all of this information, as well as links to her social networking sites, and booking details.  See you at a show!

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