1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
Preservation New Jersey • 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing • PO Box 7815• West Trenton, NJ 08628
Physical (GPS) address: 101 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ 08628 Map and Directions

150th Anniversary Festival
Contemporary Music Series
Contemporary Music Series:
Michaela McClain Band

Michaela McClain Band

Michaela McClain, Vocals and Piano
Raul Abbad, Guitar
Meredith Foreman, Drums
Brad Schwartzseid, Bass

Friday, January 13, 2017, 7:00 pm
at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing

Preservation New Jersey is pleased to present the Michaela McClain Band in the beautiful setting and acoustics of the historic landmark 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!

Michaela McClainMichaela McClain, winner of the 2013 "Best Indie Act" at the Jersey Acoustic Music Awards, is a critically-acclaimed, folk-soul singer/songwriter with a "warm groove" and "rich mezzo-soprano voice." Growing up in a musical family, and the youngest of six singing sisters, Michaela performed widely in choirs, concerts, and special events throughout her young life and, in 2011, began writing and performing her own music, touring extensively throughout New York and New Jersey with drummer Meredith Foreman, guitarist Raul Abbad, and bassist Brad Schwartzseid. Since the formation of The Michaela McClain Band, Michaela has performed over two hundred live concerts, with her band and in intimate solo engagements.

A trained musician from Montclair State University's prestigious John J. Cali School of Music, Michaela has released three EPs (Bittersweet Melodies, Michaela McClain: The Dallas Sessions, Michaela McClain: The Manhattan Sessions), several music videos ("Cold Hearts," "No More Blues," etc.) and a full-length CD/DVD, Michaela McClain: Live at Blue Light Sessions. Her music is featured on Sirius FM, in well-known listening rooms and at various music festivals. Michaela is a member of The New York Songwriters Circle at NYC's The Bitter End, the oldest, most-established showcase in the country for great original music. As of the Fall 16’, she has courageously retired from her 8 years as a full time music teacher to focus on her music full time. She continues to teach private voice and piano lessons out of her own studio in Montclair, NJ as she has for the last 10 years.

Some notable quotes: Jersey Audible says, When you listen to her catalog of music, you'll pick up on nuances of her favorite artists while she weaves her words around your ears. You can see in her eyes that the music she's creating is a piece of her soul.

McClain blends facets of soul, folk and jazz in a wonderfully intoxicating way says Ed Magdziak of You Don’t Know Jersey.

For more information about, and music of, Michaela McClain visit www.michaelamcclain.com.

Raul AbbadRaúl Abbad, a native of Peru, is a versatile guitarist, keyboardist, composer, and producer active in the New York/New Jersey area. Raul plays the guitar, 8 string guitar, keyboard, bass, charango, and other fretted string instruments.

As a composer and instrumentalist, Raul skillfully navigates diverse musical styles including jazz, classical, rock, Andean, Afro-Peruvian, and Brazilian music. Raul interprets and presents these styles in a progressive light while still retaining authenticity.

Raul is the guitarist, composer, and producer for the rock-en-español band LaFolie Austral and the Afro-Peruvian fusion ensemble, Bajopontino. He is also the guitarist for The Michaela McClain Band. Raul studied guitar with Raul Garcia Zárate and composition with Fred Cohen and Alan Ferber. Raul holds a degree in music from Montclair State University and currently teaches guitar and music technology at J.P. Stevens High School.

Meredith ForemanMeredith Foreman, native of Elizabeth, New Jersey began pursuing her dreams to be a musician at an early age. Her passion for the performing arts stems from her multi-cultured urban upbringing. Since her youth, she has been a member of various instrumental and vocal ensembles. It was through these experiences she had the opportunity to perform on Broadway at the Minskoff Theater in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” starring Michael Damian from CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. Later that year, Miss Foreman performed with her school choir in a televised presentation of a public service campaign called “A+ for Kids” on WWOR television. Today, Miss Foreman is a recording artist who performs regularly as a freelance musician on saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet, drums/percussion. Meredith is a member of the world famous “Chops Horns” where she substitutes for the band’s two saxophone leaders. As a performer with “Chops Horns”, Foreman has performed at world famous venues such as the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall in concerts featuring artists such as Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, The O’Jays, Anita Baker, Dionne Warwick, Wayne Brady, Doug E. Fresh, Paul Shaffer, Edwin Hawkins, BeBe Winans, Fantasia, Boyz II Men, Jamie Foxx, Mariah Carey, Joss Stone and many others. Meredith is currently the drummer for Michaela McClain’s band, a position she holds very dear to her heart.

Miss Foreman is the Founder and Leader of an award winning instrumental music program for students in grades 6-8 at Ronald Reagan Academy in Elizabeth, NJ (Elizabeth Public Schools). She also sits on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE), which serves to promote Jazz Education in the state of New Jersey. Meredith is a recipient of the Union County Teacher Recognition Award (2012), Edward F. Kappy Merit Award (presented by the Elizabeth Education Association), and an Excellence in Education “Leadership Award (2015)” to name a few. She has also worked as a Jazz clinician in various high schools across the state. Meredith strongly believes in the positive effects of mentorship and highly encourages freedom of self-expression through the Arts.

Brad SchwartzseidBrad Schwartzseid started playing the upright bass at the tender age of 8. His music education consisted of playing in every grade school, middle school, and high school band that was available in the public school system that he attended, as well as 3 years of high school music theory. Before he took a break from the music scene to raise his family, he performed with the incredible Alice Leon of “The Alice Project”, as well as doing session work with such notable artists as jersey shore guitar legend Ricky DeSarno, NY drum great Jack Scarangella, and Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi.

After a long hiatus, Brad broke back into the music scene, playing bass with singer/songwriter Paul Gargiulo, as well as the cover band Radio Flyer. His current projects include playing bass with the blues band Shuffle, Jump and Moan, filling in as needed with front man and harmonica player “Big Mike” DeVita, and of course, playing bass for Michaela McClain, who he feels is the most talented vocalist that he has ever had the privilege and pleasure to play for in his entire musical career.

Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary, $15 for New Jersey Jazz Society Members, and only $5 for school and college students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online below by selecting your ticket option and clicking on the "Buy Now" link to use credit or debit card or your PayPal account. If ordering two or three ticket types, each type must be purchased in a separate order. You will receive an email confirmation of each purchase. Online tickets will be held at the box office; please print and bring your receipt in case it is needed to confirm your purchase.

GROUP RATES are now available! Choose the Group ticket option and each ticket will have a $5 discount from the General Admission price (same as the Friends of the 1867 Sanctuary ticket price)! Group rate tickets must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rates apply only to advance online sales and cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert. Groups must present themselves at the box office at the same time. For group orders of fewer than 10 people, the full General Admission rate (less the amount prepaid) may be required at the box office at the time of admission. Group rates do not apply to Student prices.

Tickets may be reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows.

Wheelchair accessibleThe 1867 Sanctuary is wheelchair accessible using the ramp on the left side of the building.

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