Kristin Diable

Kristin Diable: Close Up and Personal

You only have to listen to a few seconds of Kristin Diable's 'Sister Sadie' to hear that she sings songs that have roots in the blues, folk, and soul. Just 22, Kristin's been writing her own songs for about six years now. Her songwriting and performing is strong enough to have established her as one of New York City's more promising young artists." - Voice of America
When Kristin Diable says she plays "roots music," she is as much describing an approach as a genre. Not long after successfully establishing herself in her hometown music scene, Baton Rouge, Louisiana native Kristin Diable dropped her life in the swamps to test out fresher waters in New York City. After selling most of her possessions to put down deposit on a 150 square foot rooming house apartment in Manhattan's East Village, she began making the rounds in the bustling Lower East Side music scene.

After a chance introduction, George Stein (best known for guiding the career of musician Jeff Buckley) signed on to represent and later manage the developing artist. As she steadily began building a buzz, working her way up to more prestigious downtown haunts such as The Living Room, The Knitting Factory, and Mercury Lounge, she produced and self-release the full length "Shelter" record. The record provides a glimpse into the diversity and depth of this 23 year old songwriter, who cites influences as broad as Neil Young to Nina Simone, and Ray Charles to Lucinda Williams.

Judging by her regular standing room only shows at NYC's The Living Room, Diable's knack for poignant songwriting is one of her strongest talents, even when accompanied by only her guitar. Stein picked up on these developing talents early on and adds "very rarely do you meet someone so young with so much musical integrity. She has a voice that flows like a slow Southern river, with molasses and whiskey in the current."

Diable has returned to her native Louisiana, settling in New Orleans where she is rapidly building a name for herself in the burgeoning Crescent City singer/songwriter scene. She has also added to her team, the well-respected New Orleans management company, Sound Advice, with partners Kimball Packard and Ashley Dorr, as co-managers with George Stein. Her live performances now include a rotating cast of some of New Orleans' most talented musicians.

Kristin, who recently has a song in a national Jeep TV commercial, has toured extensively throughout the US performing at music venues, colleges & universities (from UPenn's infamous Spring Fling event to acoustic coffee-house series and Carnegie Hall). She has also showcased at South by Southwest, CMJ Music Conference, NACA (Central), NACA (Northeast), NACA (MidAtlantic) & Dewey Beach Music Festival. She has shared the stage with John Mayer, KT Tunstall, Amos Lee, Norah Jones and Shawn Colvin, to name a few.

Robert Galinsky

Master of Ceremonies:

Robert Galinsky is the founder and "Principal" of the world's only school for Reality TV (The New York Reality TV School) and is also Co- Creator of the Manhattan Monologue Slam. His work in the entertainment industry has been featured on: The VIEW, ABC Nightline News, The Today Show, E! Entertainment News, BBC, TV Guide Channel, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and media outlets world wide. Galinsky is a volunteer at the IMPACT Repertory Theatre in Harlem and a founding member of the 3 Dot Dash International Peace Initiative. His spoken word performances have been nominated for a Gold World Award at the New York International Film Festival & Back Stage has called his acting "extraordinary & effortless" while High Times Magazine says Galinsky is "manic, deadpan & takes aim with psychotic precision." He has appeared on stage throughout New York and he freelances as a producer and director with the National Geographic Channel, Time Out Magazine, and The Ford Foundation among others. Member of SAG, Directors Guild & Dramatist Guild.

Vince August

Comedic Performances by:

The entertainment business is one of the most difficult vocations in the world to break into. I am one of the lucky ones that have been fortunate enough to work regularly at many of the top comedy club in North America. I thank God every night for allowing me to live out my dream.

The fact remains that most entertainers trying "to make it" in this business also have to "work" outside the industry to support their expenses and at times, low paying entertainment careers. While I am now a comic, actor and screenwriter, how I have paid the bills all these years is a much different story. I worked my way through college and law school and passed the New York and New Jersey Bars and became a practicing attorney. The truth is there are many successful comics who made the same journey; Greg Giraldo and Paul Mercurio immediately come to mind. Unlike Greg and Paul, I continued working in law to pay the bills while pursuing my dream.

I have had a successful law career and have turned away many opportunities to work in large firms and earn a significant salary. I have no regrets as I have maintained a modest but successful solo practice. Truth is I enjoy practicing law, I have great clients and it brings me tremendous satisfaction when I help my clients with their needs. It should be noted that law has helped me with comedy, acting, and writing as much as comedy has helped me achieve happiness in life.

The one thing you will never see me do is lawyer jokes or any jokes pertaining to my practice. First off, most lawyer jokes just aren't that funny, and second, I would never belittle the profession or my clients by making light of what I do during the day. At the same time, I have never performed comedy for any lawyer functions. My two vocations are separate and distinct and I take great pride in both of them.

I was flattered when Evelyn Shih referred to me as a "Superman of Sorts" in the Bergen Record article. I guess she's right, Vince August is definitely the alter ego to Vince A. Sicari, Esq.

Vince August, known for roles in the film “Heckler,” the comedy concert film “Vinsanity,” “As the World Turns” and various national network commercials, performs regularly at the famous ‘Carolines on Broadway' Comedy Club.

Extremely funny and able to deliver quick punch-lines, Cortez is one of the best in the business. Perfecting his craft while performing with the infamous Eddie Murphy, he contributes his style to the likes of Rodney Dangerfield and Redd Foxx.

Miss Asia International
Beauty Pageant
New York

Oct, 24th, 2009
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