Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachael Rage.
Rachael, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I moved to Miami 7 years ago from coastal Maine. I started working with Edison Farrow’s Cabaret South Beach, a piano bar with singing servers and bartenders in the fall of 2014. I moved my way from singing bartender to piano player, and I continue to play piano with the company currently.
In 2015 I formed my band, Rachael Rage, and the Magic City Mad Men. We play rockabilly inspired original tunes such as “Let’s Play Doctor” and “Handsome Devil.”
Currently, I am in two bands, my own and I play keys in a trap rock group called Miss Michigan @missmichiganmusic with frontman Gustavo Saenz. I also perform at piano bars and dueling piano shows around South Florida.
I also host an open mic night that was most recently housed in Doral, called Sound Space Collective @soundspacecollective
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do, why, and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am constantly trying to challenge myself with new projects, instruments, and endeavors. I don’t really adhere to any one genre. When I formed my band Rachael Rage and the Magic City Mad Men I wanted a sound similar to the rockabilly artists I enjoy, such as Imelda May and Reverend Horton Heat. It is challenging pushing rockabilly music in South Florida, but people can’t resist dancing to our upbeat songs and energy and we have played at events such as the Hillary’s Clinton Super Tuesday rally, Lincoln Road Mall’s Live on Lincoln music series as well as winning Best Act at Buskerfest Miami 2 years in a row.
In my solo work, I focus a lot on piano bars, and I enjoy performing request driven sets with sing-alongs and audience participation. I travel frequently around South Florida to perform at Dueling Piano Shows. At a dueling show, you will see two pianists on separate pianos taking requests and keeping the audience involved, whether it be clapping along, singing or roasting a birthday celebrator or bachelorette party. The show is high energy and lots of fun!
I am currently working on compiling songs for my first solo album, expected to come out in the fall of 2019.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
The role of artists I believe has always been the same-to relieve the mundanities of day to day life. Driving to work in the morning, you usually have your radio on. Setting up an office space you’ll likely put some art on the walls. As a species, we need visual and auditory work almost as much as we need the essential elements. Our role has only changed in the sense of how we do it. There are so many more platforms to get your work out there these days, keeping up with the trends is important, even for us rebel artists.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can catch a show by following any of my social media accounts all listed on my website www.rachaelrage.com or instagram: @therachaelrage and fb www.facebook.com/RachaelRage
- Address: Rachael Rage
- Website: www.rachaelrage.com
- Phone: 2072894818
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @therachaelrage
- Facebook: /RachaelRage
The live band picture was taken by Jackie Zimmer
The other two are by Valerie Kay Marlin @goodomens on IG