Midland singer Kim Tavares is entertaining English audiences this week.
Tavares is on a seven-day promotional tour in Birmingham, England’s second largest city, where she’s promoting and performing her week-long single ‘Tired, Do You Hear Me Now’.
A London-based Internet station, Starpoint Radio, also promoted Tavares, who rose to fame as “Boston’s Singing Cop”, performing the national anthem while wearing her police uniform at sporting events. in Boston, appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and singing onstage with country star Brad Paisley at a Massachusetts amphitheater. The first came a viral video of Tavares and fellow Boston police officer Stephen McNulty singing “God Bless America” in “cop pool karaoke.”
Last March, six of Tavares’ songs hit Amazon’s UK New Releases Top 100, while his debut album shot to No. 4 on Amazon’s R&B Hot New Releases chart.
Tavares, a 1985 graduate of Midland High School, where she was a star of the Lady Leopards basketball team, debuted many of her R&B/soul songs on a headlining show last May at the Beaver Station Cultural & Event Center.
The good news for the people of Beaver Valley is that you can see Tavares again on May 21, headlining the Iron Horse Theater in Ambridge.
Tickets are $20, with a $2 discount for seniors, at ironhorsetheatrecompany.ticketleap.com
With the Iron Horse promising fresh flowers and a candlelit ambiance, everything is set for a relaxing and romantic evening.
“Tired, Do You Hear Me Now” is available on major music streaming platforms.
“Additionally, while I’m in England, I’ll be meeting my label Digital Jukebox Records, recording some new songs, shooting a music video for my next single, doing radio and newspaper interviews and performing in live on Easter Sunday at the Powerhouse Reunion Party at The Loft Penthouse in Birmingham,” says Tavares.
She wrote a song that will appear on an upcoming album by namesake Chubby Tavares, of the famous R&B/funk/disco group Tavares.
“I am of Cape Verdean origin as well as the Tavares group,” Tavares said. “They’re from the same area here in Massachusetts. Growing up, our elders always said we were related, but it was never confirmed.”
At one point, she changed her stage name from Tavares to Tavar so people wouldn’t confuse her with Tavares, the band best known for their 1976 hit “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel.”
Tavares, the solo artist, is looking forward to reuniting with his Beaver County friends and making new ones at his show in Ambridge.
“I’m house hunting; I’m moving back to Beaver County and planning my retirement from the Boston Police Department after 20 years,” she said.
The Iron Horse show will be family-friendly and intimate (only 62 seats available.)
“I’m going to make it fun, and maybe even shed a few tears, performing a few of my original songs, a few gospel songs, and a cover or two,” Tavares said. “I’m also trying to set up a few local Beaver County musicians to be part of my band for the evening. There will be a few minutes for questions and answers. I want to enjoy the personal interaction with the audience of my hometown. It’s important for fans to get to know me and understand my writing style, my lyrics, the passion and thought that I put into every song.”
Chad’s Mighty Album
I bet you saw the Sipes & Sons General Contractors truck driving through Beaver County.
Did you know that company owner Chad Sipes is also a talented musician?
The Quaker Valley grad and his “adult alternative rock” band, The Chad Sipes Stereo, will soon release the remarkable “Thoughts and Prayers,” a concept album where all 10 songs deal with one theme: America’s opioid crisis. and the obsession with pills.
Songs include The Offspring-ish “Every Single Kid”, with the line “Say no to drugs except what they give you”, and a reference to each student’s dorm resembling a pop-up pharmacy.
On “A Pill For That,” Sipes’ voice sounds Smithereens while reciting how Big Pharm is willing to push a pill to help with everything from heartache to heart attacks to insomnia.
“As someone who’s worked in construction my whole career, I’ve seen so many people fall into this. I cut my teeth working in Beaver Valley, and I still have so many roots there. “said Sipes. “The album covers the problem of the pill from every angle – treating our children, being cured, being addicted, being desperate, trying to quit (the habit). I was really aware of not sounding preachy, because pills and drugs are part of our reality no matter who you are, whatever your status or class it is just what it is and i wrote about it.
Chad Sipes Stereo’s “New Prescription” harkens back to Weezer at its hardest rocking, while “Therapy” illustrates a story where dad heads back to the airport, while mom pours another wine to help him cope, as the children have their faces hypnotized by their digital devices.
“Thoughts and Prayers” poignantly ends with a title track providing a fiery, full guitar catharsis that lasts 40 seconds, followed by an abrupt ending left open for interpretation, suggesting that the protagonist is finally free from his addiction. .
Chad Sipes Stereo releases the new album on May 3 on digital platforms. It deserves attention. I’ll let you know when the band announces their summer gigs.
Some will remember Sipes of Pittsburgh’s flagship alt-country band Soda Jerk, who recorded albums at David Granati’s studio in Ambridge.
They call Elliot Walker “Best in Glass”.
See him demonstrate why on April 30, when Walker, the winner of Netflix’s “Blown Away” Season 2, comes to the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
The public can attend a free open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to see Walker in action, create hot glass art, and discuss his unique skills and experiences on “Blown Away.”
“Anyone who has seen the glassblowing contest on Netflix knows that Walker can carve almost anything out of glass,” said a press release from the Pittsburgh Glass Center at 5472 Penn Ave. in the Garfield area of Pittsburgh. “Some of his designs included a whale-shaped perfume bottle, a hat and matching tie, a human spine with lungs, and a cartoon character named Mr. Noteworthy with a telescope as his head.”
Heather McElwee, executive director of PGC, judged a Jan. 22 episode of “Blown Away.”
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Scott Tady is entertainment editor at The Times and easy to reach at [email protected]