CACS ArtsLab kicks off the new year with a performance by local musician ‘essence’ on Friday, January 15 from 2:15-3pm. A sixth-generation San Francisco native, has been immersed in art and music since childhood. In addition to winning the Grand Prize in the National Lilith Fair Talent Search, and the Grand Prize for the Great American Song Contest, essence has opened for Tom Petty, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Chrissie Hynde, Steve Miller, Pat Benetar, and Linda Perry. Her sound has nods to songwriting heroes and legends like Tom Petty, and Lucinda Williams. In addition to writing folk/americana, pop, and rock songs, essence expanded her repertoire by creating a collection of charming, catchy tunes inspired by her son that turned out to have a life of their own becoming favorites of families nationwide, loved equally by parents and children alike. Her album, A Dog Named Moo, was entirely funded by loyal fans on Kickstarter and was picked up and released by My Kazoo/ Universal Music.

ArtsLab is part of our Artist in Residence program, in which we reach out to local artists in all disciplines to share their work with the Creative Arts community each month. Artists perform, discuss their process, and answer questions from the community. Community members outside of family are also invited, and in support of our program, CACS asks for a $20 contribution. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.