Sarah Aili & FrannyOShow & SZLACHETKA
BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity (130 Pine St., Florence, MA 01062, Florence MA)
SZLACHETKA (aka Matthew Szlachetka pronounced SLA-HET-KA) is from Longmeadow right here in Western Mass. The roots-rock singer/songwriter plays music filled with heartland hooks, folk melodies, and vibrant electric guitar that go down like a road trip between Los Angeles – where SZLACHETKA lived for years, soaking up the warm harmonies and jangling riffs of the city's folk-rock icons – to his new home in Nashville, TN, the epicenter of modern-day Americana. Rolling Stone Country praised his "road-dog roots-rockers and Americana ballads” as he's been building his audience show-by-show, touring for more than 200 days a year. SZLACHETKA’s self-made success includes high-profile shows alongside Brandi Carlile, Mike Campbell, and Blackberry Smoke's Charlie Starr and Benji Shanks; regular appearances on SiriusXM's Tom Petty Radio; and his own DittyTV program, Vinyl Recipes, which combines his love for music, cooking, and cocktails. _______ With a sound inspired by a melting pot of Americana, country, blues, and rock, Fran O’ Connell discovered a love for playing music later in life than most. A graduate of Columbia University, a Veteran, and a seasoned entrepreneur, O’Connell is no stranger to heartache, hard work, and the pursuit of the American Dream. All of it inspired the inception of The FrannyO Show, the musical moniker of O’Connell. The FrannyO Show recorded three albums in Nashville with Rolling Stone acclaimed producer Jamie Kent, and self-produced several songs during COVID. He recently wrapped up a recording project with Nashville singer-songwriter and producer Matthew Szlachetka. O’Connell frequently tours with his dynamic band throughout the Northeast. Recent singles include Stone by Stone and Sign the Papers. The band originated in Western Massachusetts and have played at Mill Pond Live Concert Series, The Celebrate Holyoke Festival and The Iron Horse Music Hall. The FrannyO Show is now headquartered at “The Farm” in The White Mountains of New Hampshire, and has performed there at the historic Barnstormers Theatre. ________ Nashville Artist and Songwriter, Sarah Aili, has built a career upon her ability to multitask, bridging the gap between different disciplines – especially the worlds of music and theater – along the way. She's a creator of scripts, stories, and songs, often juggling multiple projects at once. She embraces the full spread of her influences with her newest EP, Say Your Goodbyes Now, shining a light not only upon her mix of Americana, Jazz, and Classic Pop music, but also the ways in which her artistic interests intersect. Aili's newest recording is the latest chapter in her ongoing artistic story. It's a story that continues to unfold with each new project including a current role in the World Premier of Ahrens & Flaherty’s new musical, KNOXVILLE, directed by Frank Galati at Asolo Repertory Theatre, an upcoming music & storytelling project with Radney Foster and two new singles set to release this year! For Aili, these projects represent different sides of the same artist – an artist who's happy to embrace all of her creative interests under the same umbrella.