03-11-10 Burgundy Thursdays at the Parima in Burlington Vermont STEPH PAPPAS, ANTARA & JOE ADLER
Burgundy Thursdays, presented by local singer/songwriter Joe Adler, is held weekly in Parima’s Acoustic Lounge. The series focuses on local and regional songwriters and presents up close and personal shows in a beautiful and relaxing setting. The doors open at 8pm and the audience is encouraged to get there early to participate in a discussion about songwriting and the creative process.
When Steph Pappas was seventeen years of age, she stood at Downtown Crossing in Boston, Massachusetts hawking the underground paper to pay for a one-way bus ticket to the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont. Just a teenager that escaped from the city and eloped with the country, Steph practiced up on her 12-string Harmony acoustic guitar and played her first open mike at Hunts in downtown Burlington, Vermont.
Also at Hunts, the second open mike Steph played was standing room only. After that Steph recalls, "I'd come home after my day job, the phone would ring and it would be Hunts: 'Quick! Can you get down here? Jorma and Jack are late. We need you to play till they get here.'"
After a stint playing cover tunes at ski resorts and a few other side projects, Steph helped form the all-girl rock band Miss Bliss.
Whether busy conjuring variations of rhythm folk poetry in song lyrics or exploring the percussive-like dynamics of her trademark guitar riffs, independent folk songstress Antara continues to establish herself as a 'new' folk artist that is expanding the forefront of women’s music and the independent folk movement. Having performed professionally for a dozen years in more than 500 venues throughout New England, Canada, The Midwest and The South, Antara’s unique fusion of rhythmic folk music and interactive coffee house performance capitalizes on a consistent sharing of the sociological perspective that shapes her life, love and work.