Entertainer Jackie Henrion Creates Traditional Songs and Alternative Events

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Jackie Henrion, a singer and songwriter since 1995 who is creative in both music and business, invents event 'Occasional Cafe' to connect with her audience for Mother's Day.

Jackie Henrion, a singer and songwriter since 1995 who is creative in both music and business, invents events to connect with her audience for Mother's Day. She explains, "My audience niche is people from age 45 to 95 who don't go to concert arenas, bars or large venues with a two-drink minimum. They are looking to enjoy themselves closer to home and in this economy, spend as little as possible."

So it makes sense to Jackie to entertain in a community room in an apartment building in New York's Greenwich Village. She created an event called "The Occasional Cafe." She says, "To me it's a community service, because I share the joy of singing reminiscent and thought-provoking songs and, with a few decorations, I create an atmosphere that has charm and an old-fashioned feeling of romance." Like her website says, she sings "Songs that remind us who we love." The event name is a word play on the intermittent schedule and the celebration of a special occasion like Mother's Day.

There is a suggested donation in order to cover expenses, including the cost of performance licenses for the cover songs she sings, ranging from Jacques Brel's "Song of Old Lovers" to Dar William's "Family" as well as her own songs. "But if people want a memento of the show, I have cd's of my songs that they can buy."

"This is certainly not the way to get rich doing music but with hard work it can provide a living, but for me it's also about sharing the joy and sadness of life. It cuts through all the differences in beliefs and lands us directly in the midst of the human nature we share," says Jackie about her solo singing and guitar performance.

There will be two shows Sunday, May 9th at 3:30 and 7:30 to accommodate people who want to take their mothers to dinner afterward or before at the charming restaurants along LaGuardia Place and Bleecker Street or trendier spots along Soho's West Broadway. The community room is located in the historic NYU Silver Towers at 505 LaGuardia Place, just off Bleecker Street. More information is available at the website http://www.mamaloosemusic.com or by calling 917 359-2034.

BIO: Inspired by the poetry of Bob Dylan, Janis Ian and Leonard Cohen, Jackie Henrion turned to songwriting and performing after a successful business career in the Pacific Northwest. Armed with the conviction that it is never too late to pursue one’s passion, Jackie teamed with Seattle jazz musician Michael Powers to release “Tickle Monster” in 1998. Taking advantage of emerging technology, she started her indie music company in 2007 and released “Mama Loose,” recorded at the Manhattan Producers Alliance in New York City. Favorable reviews cite her reminiscent sound and lyrics that describe life transitions with ‘grown up’ acceptance and humor. Jackie now shares her time between New York and her retreat in Hope, Idaho. She is working on her next album, due out in 2010.


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