Picture This

Picture This

Sarah Blacker & Aaron Z. Katz

Thu, September 7, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Sinclair

Cambridge, MA


This event is all ages

The Sinclair is general admission standing room only. Tickets available at AXS.COM, or by phone at 855-482-2090. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM.

Picture This
Picture This
The simplest song will often echo the loudest, crossing boundaries and uniting listeners everywhere.

Just ask Picture This.

The Irish duo—Jimmy Rainsford [drummer] and Ryan Hennessey [vocals, guitar]—weave together identifiable tales of love and life with upbeat melodies and immediately irresistible hooks. The world quickly responded to both their storytelling and songwriting. In 2015, an iPhone video of their very first composition “Take My Hand” went viral. With its timeless narrative of eternal love, lush acoustic guitars, and bombastic build-up, the track generated 2 million-plus Spotify streams and over 1.9 million YouTube views since it’s independent release. As the group’s independent self-titled 2016 Picture This EP enchanted audiences, they impressively sold over 30,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland. Kicking off 2017, the boys won “Best Music Act” at the 2017 Gossies and landed a deal with Republic Records.

With a rising global profile, they cling to the same straightforward philosophy that yielded initial success…

“The songs come along very quickly,” exclaims Ryan. “All of them are written in about five minutes, so they’re immediate and conversational. I don’t change them from when they’re written, which means that people really know what I’m talking about.”

Picture This have lived the kind of humbling, underdog story that classic novels and films are made of. Ryan and Jimmy grew up in the tiny Irish town of Athy, County Kildare, but they didn’t meet until the age of 18. Blessed with a musical family, Jimmy already had prospects of a gig as a full-time drummer. Meanwhile, Ryan found music during his late teens, building his lyrical style on a poetic foundation. Given their respective skills, they became mates and creative partners right off the bat.

“There’s no ego involved,” Jimmy elaborates. “I think that’s the key. We both appreciate and trust exactly what it is we’re thinking. We have a shared vision for the songs. When Ryan comes along with the lyrics, I’m not going to question them, because I know he’s good at that. As for myself, I know if I offer a riff for a song then he’s going to trust me.”

“We’re lucky in that I can't write a riff,” Ryan laughs. “Jimmy can't write a lyric. We stick to what we know best, and that approach has worked from the very start. To us, that approach is common sense. We know not to step onto each other’s toes.”

That trust has already brought Picture This around the world. They’ll spend 2017 in Nashville, TN recording their full-length debut album for Republic Records. Expect that simplicity to lead to further success.

“Our videos, our social media – we enjoy doing all of that. As well as doing the music, it gives Ryan and myself purpose,” Jimmy leaves off. “We genuinely care about the work we do as much as we love our fans.”
Sarah Blacker & Aaron Z. Katz
Sarah Blacker & Aaron Z. Katz
Sarah Blacker’s music will make you “feel it all, In Waves.” Taken from the title track of her latest release, this lyric immediately informs the listener as to the honest content of her songs. The record is filled with Blacker's skillful rhythm acoustic & electric guitars, piano and ukulele, and sung with a uniquely soulful voice, much bigger than the size of the artist it comes from.

Blacker grew up listening to her parents' record collection which now sits stacked lovingly in her apartment. Paul Simon, The Beatles, America, and CSNY all formed the foundation of her musical consciousness. Teenage rebellion and discovery led to her love of alternative rock and the prominent and powerful singer/songwriters of the the nineties. Seeking to expand her abilities as a performer and songwriter, Sarah attended Boston’s acclaimed Berklee College of Music. She graduated as a Board-Certified as Music Therapist with a vision to save the world one song at a time.

Blacker’s catch-phrase, “songs save lives,” speaks to their role in her own life. She is grateful that her wayward journey through life has led up to her ability to evolve as an artist who believes in having a conscience with the skill to match it. Blacker also always admits, "music is my first language,"and it's clear that audiences are understanding, by the way they feel her voice shoots straight to their hearts while their bodies begin dancing.

Currently, you can find the songwriter fronting her song-based, soulful jam-band, Sarah Blacker & New England Groove Association, including award-winning songwriter and drummer, Aaron Z. Katz (Percy Hill) and Phil Selesnick on keys. The group has just returned from performing on Jam Cruise 15, and sharing the stag with O'Teil Burbridge (Dead & Co, Allman Brothers Band)
at Dead Set, VT, and has plans to release brand new live and studio singles and videos starting April 1st, 2017.

Sarah Blacker was named ‘Female Performer of the Year’ at the New England Music Awards, 2013, and nominated for ‘Songwriter of the Year’ in the Boston Music Awards the same year. In 2014 she was nominated for song, and songwriter of the year at the New England Music Awards. She has toured extensively and shared stages with dozens of internationally renowned artists including Mishka, The B-52s, Sara Bareilles, Leon Russell, Rusted Root, Carbon Leaf, America, Eddie Money, Richard Thompson, 10,000 Maniacs, Loudon Wainwright III, Paula Cole and many others.
Venue Information:
The Sinclair
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138