Sway Wild, SistaStrings to hit Nectar

Sistastrings and Sway Wild Poster Design by Heather Moulder (@lordymercy)

Fremont is gonna be groovin’ this Wednesday when San Juan Island’s very own SWAY WILD and the queens of Milwaukee/Nashville SistaStrings hit the Nectar Lounge stage in Seattle before heading out to The Gorge for the big “Echoes Through the Canyon” weekend with Joni Mitchell – where SWAY WILD’s Mandy Fer will join Allison Russell and SistaStrings reunites with Brandi Carlile.

Photo by Laura Anders

SWAY WILDthe Indie Folk rock duo Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer sail into Seattle with new music truly from wild places. They navigate the corners of rock, folk, pop, jazz, prog, and funk. Mandy’s low rich vocal tones merged with her unbelievable electric guitar work and Dave’s drumming with syncopated abandon will definitely hit you in the feels!

“Grooving…wistful, driving, and a masterful combination…velvety vocals over staccato guitar and light percussion capture your attention with Sway Wild.”  – Parade Magazine

“…roots trailblazers Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer continue their upward stride towards artistic nirvana….scintillating…” – PopMatters

Photo by Jason Tang

SistaStrings: the Milwaukee-bred sisters Monique & Chauntee Ross spent their entire music education not quite fitting into any particular mold so… they broke it! Their church influences and improvisational ability are strong, and their sense of humor is “off the hook” which makes them high on the list of touring artists wanting to collaborate and add them to their tours. They’re frequently backing PNW fave Brandi Carlile and will be with her at The Gorge this weekend.

Photo by Jason Tang

“I’m really excited about the Seattle show because it’s BEAUTIFUL there. I’m a lucky lady to be able to play music in such a beautiful place while being surrounded by beautiful people!” – Monique Ross

This show is going to be something special as it’s the first of its kind. SistaStrings has had the pleasure of sharing stages with Mandy of Sway Wild as band mates supporting Allison Russell for the past year. This is the first time we’re getting together to play our individual projects! And then this show comes before both bands participate in the epic weekend at The Gorge with Brandi Carlile and Joni Mitchell. Having this moment together before we witness music history makes for a completely unique and personal experience. Music is a connector and I’m excited to connect in Seattle for SistaStrings’ first show in Washington!Chauntee Ross

Wednesday, June 07, 2023

Nectar Lounge: 412 N 36th St., Seattle, 98103

Tickets: $20 Adv / $22 at the Door

Doors: 7:30 PM /  Show: 8:00 PM


Robin Fairbanks has spent 30+ years in the Music Industry in many capacities. Working in the Seattle music scene since 2006 as a Manager/Booker, she’s known for her ethics and artist development skills. Robin has guided the careers of many, but most notable as the former Manager of Seattle Garage/Blues band Fox and The Law for 3.5 years. Robin has spent the last 2 yrs consulting with Artists who seek her help as a Music Consultant and Publicist with Setlist Music Solutions LLC. She also gives of her time as an advisor to Seattle Wave Radio, an Internet music station where she helped shape its sound as the ROCK Channel Music Director for 2+ yrs upon its launch in 2010 and where you’ll find her music blog, “Bird On A Wire“. In 2014, Robin also worked as a Contributing Music Writer for Guerrilla Candy.