Thursday, December 09, 2010

Seasons Greetings from Amber Snider

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well and that you are enjoying all the little things that bring you joy. I have a few things to share with you.

First, I have been blessed to have played music with people I truly love and have played some very enjoyable shows this past year. Thanks to my band for their hard work and talent! Thank you to C4inc Studios who has provided us a recording of our live show from our favorite summer music series, Napa CIty Nights!

We have met many wonderful new friends this year and I want to personally thank you for believing in our music enough to sign our mailing list. Lets keep in touch!

Sat. Dec 11th 12:00 PM
Berkeley Holiday Street Fair in Berkeley, CA - Berkeley Holiday Street Fair on Telegraph 12-5pm Located between Dwight Way and Bancroft Way near the U.C. Campus. I will be playing from 12-5p

Wed. Dec 15th at 8:00 PM

Pappy Hour LIVE - Comcast 28 - Napa in Napa, CA - The Amber Snider Band LIVE on Channel 28 Comcast, U-verse Channel 99 streaming online at

Thu. Dec 16th at 6:30 PM

CLINT BLACK'SCHRISTMAS - The Uptown Theatre in Napa, CA - I will be performing in the lobby 6:30-8pm Headliner: Clint Black starts at 8pm

Sat. Dec 18th at 12:00 PM
Berkeley Holiday Street Fair in Berkeley, CA - Berkeley Holiday Street Fair on Telegraph Located between Dwight Way and Bancroft Way near the U.C. Campus. I will be playing from 12-5p

Stocking Stuffers
If you are looking for original gift ideas, may I suggest the following?:

Friday, November 05, 2010


It is already November and the air outside my window feels like warm bath water. Summer lives on! I have had many experiences since my last post and don't really know where to start... Lots of show, a live cd release, the passing away of a dear friend...

I managed to avoid my computer all day yesterday as an attempt to take some kind of staycation after planning a funeral for my father figure and meeting some work deadlines last week (I am developing ipad apps with a friend) I felt I needed some R & R. I played my guitar all day yesterday and then ended my day with a nice little veg session which included an outdoor candlit dinner then ice cream, wine and 30 Rock.

I also finshed a song for my dearly departed family member. I tried for 3 years to write a song and I couldn't until he was free and no longer in pain. The song has healing powers for me.

Let's see, what have I been up to....shows.

After weeks of rehearsing our arses off for a show that never happened (we learned a bunch of cover songs for it), the band and I went back to our roots playing at Downtown Joe's ion Napa (our old stomping ground aka our 2nd livingroom). We added a 5th musican to our troop, Cousin Al (keyboards). He is very talented; a great improvisor with an oober-happy demeanour.

TASB (The Amber Snider Band) also played at The Rellik Tavern in Benicia where we showcased some original video imagery that they graciously played on their television screens. This added a new element to our show. We were able to capture the audience's attention in a compelling way. Photos of my garden at various stages, a roller coaster ride at Disneyland, random footage from previous shows, a big hodge podge collage.

Aaron and I just did a concert at my nieces' school along with my parents. It was called "Fallapolooza" and everyone had on thei Halloween costume. I was the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp version) and he was a convict (this instantly bonded him with the maintenance guy who thought it would be fun to stage an arrest for everyone though he was only kidding.

I also just recently did a show in Hayward (solo) with Grace Woods and Deborah Crooks (and their bands), both of whom are great singer-songwriter-performers. I even sat in on Grace's Trio act doing background vocals. That was a lot of fun and I stayed until the owner of the bar started yelling at everyone to get out of his place.

The Farmer's Market in Concord was fun and friendly, I had family drop by to say hello after they saw my last minute facebook posting that I would be there. Also, my favorite uncle was dog walking the parameter but could not come see me because of the "no dogs allowed" park policy. He did leave me a voice message to let me know he could hear me. Sweet! I was given a bouquet of flowers and lemon grass goats milk soap from music appreciators which totally made my day! Thank you!

I also played solo in the lobby at The Uptown theatre in Napa. The place is gorgeous and the entertainment and staff are top-notch. I will be playing there again this Saturday for a community benefit for the Napa Humane Society.

We have a photo shoot Sunday and hopefully we capture our good sides :) Alexa, Ram's wife is taking on the task as she is a talented photographer. Naturally.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Show at Downtown Joe's in Napa Tonight!

Hello friends and neighbors, just a friendly reminder.

Fri - Oct 22, 2010

The Amber Snider Band plays 9:30-12:30. Special guest: Jeremy Hodina, Diana Wallis & Cousin Al

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you!

- Amber

Monday, October 04, 2010

October Music News

Hello friends and neighbors, we just released our Napa City Nights LIVE 2010 CD. You can find it at at any of our shows or my store here.

Fri - Oct 9, 2010 9:00 PM
The Rellik Tavern
Benicia, CA

The Amber Snider Band live from 9-Midnight. CD release party!

Thur - Oct 14, 2010 9:00 PM Downtown Joe's Brewery and Restaurant Napa, CA

Amber Snider plays originals and covers 9 to Midnight Special guest: Grace Woods Rotating sets...

Fri - Oct 15, 2010 6:00 PM Green Valley Golf Club Fairfield, CA

The Amber Snider Band plays at 35 Country Club Drive Fairfield, CA 94534 6-9pm

Fri - Oct 22, 2010 9:00 PM Downtown Joe's Brewery and Resturant Napa, CA

The Amber Snider Band plays 9-Midnight. CD release party! Special guest: Jeremy Hodina

Wed - Nov 3, 2010 8:00 PM The Bistro Hayward, CA
I am playing at 8pm, Deborah Crooks after, ending with Grace Woods. Check out, home of extreme beers, a great sound system, patio and good people! The show ends at 11pm.

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you!

- Amber

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Music News

Hello friends and neighbors,

This weekend, I have a couple solo/duo shows if you are wanting to be out and about:

Saturday, September 4th at The Vacaville Art, Wine & Brew Festival Town Sq, Vacaville, CA 11:30-12:15p

Saturday, September 4th (same day) at Sticky Rice Restaurant in Fairfield 7:30-9:30p

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you!.

- Amber

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cyndi "Freakin" Lauper @ The Uptown

OK, so I took a part-time job as a volunteer usher at a theater so I could get my live music fix. So please don't envy me by thinking I have tons of disposable income which affords me to go to a couple of shows a week or something. No, I am simply a music junkie looking to mainline some magical stage action straight into my soul.

The Uptown theater is gorgeous and the acts are great so no complaints over here (except please pick up your trash when you leave). Now if I can only perform my act on a stage like the one at the Uptown Theater... (oh please, oh please, I am so ready, I was born to be on that stage! Every time I see it I want to jump around on it and sing at the top of my lungs!!). Ahem. Meanwhile, back at the ranch.

Now imagine this. Cobalt blue lights streaming down endlessly long folds of drapery, enter a cherry-red ferociously wild and curly head of hair (think 80's crimped meets Marie Antoinette)and a short cheetah print mini skirt paired with a black-lace fringy wrap dress. Top that off with an amazing black shiny belt and platform heels to match! The woman knows how to dazzle her audience with appearance alone that is fo sho.

She tore into her first number with the megagusto of a cannon firing into the audience, including dancing down the aisles (usually people work up to this move) but she jumped right into the water. Amazing.

Granted, she did lose a few audience member's attention (most likely due to ADTD = Attention Deficit Theater Disorder) when she told lovely and endearing (though at times lengthy) stories in between songs... but on the other hand... Scaw-rew em'.

Now I feel like I have known the woman all my life because she feels comfortable enough to be herself on stage. This is hard to do yet she somehow made it look easy. What a pro...

She did many great, beloved blues songs and even some songs of her own. I am glad she did "True Colors", "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "She Bop" because if she hadn't, there may have been a riot (just an amateur observation).

I watched in awe as this woman who's music I grew up listening to, did stage gymnastics that I have never even considered and all I could think of was wow, she must be in really good shape.... vocally and otherwise. Sure, her band was smokin' hot, too, including harmonica legend, Charlie Musselwhite. What was extra special was hearing her play the lap steel guitar (she was great).

Tonight, I have learned a lot about showmanship as well as an artist's responsibility from Cyndi (we are only on a first name basis in my head, I couldn't even get close enough to her for a decent picture). But as she says and I quote "that's neither here nor there".

My point is that she used her larger-than-life "stage power" to help others feel "empowered" (I am not really quoting anyone just using the quote symbols for emphasis). She is a huge supporter of those who are treated unfairly and unequally in our society, specifically the gay and lesbian community and she spent time speaking out about Civil Rights and how change requires action from everyone. She is not only an amazing singer-songwriter-performer, she is also an activist/humanitarian and an inspiration to us all.

With stories of her humble beginnings as a DJ, and in the most adorable east coast Betty Boop voice and with enormous heart, she told her audience "so don't give up on yourself, cause' you neva know".

Thank you Cyndi, I needed that.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Music News

Hello friends and neighbors,

I have three words for you. Cyndi "Freakin" Lauper! Her and her band were amazing at the Uptown Theatre last night in Napa... (for more on this, please visit my blog at:

Also, as the guys and I are wrapping up summer 2010, we'd like to thank you for supporting us at our various shows over the last few months. It was tons of fun! We saw old friends and made new ones (if you are reading this, you are our friend).

Don't worry if you have been crazy busy or meant to see a show but couldn't find a sitter, etc. You will have your chance.

In fact, this Saturday, August 21st, we are playing at The Rellik Tavern in Benicia from 9pm to Midnight!

Note: The Rellik Tavern is a happening spot so you may want to dandy up... in any case, they will let you in...21 and over please....

Also, here is a new video clip from our Napa City Nights show. Tell the truth. Are the effects too cheesy? I am no professional but it is kinda fun using all the bells an whistles.

And here is another video clip of our band (doing a Johnny Cash cover) with my momma on harp at the Glen cove Marina. WARNING: SUGGESTVE CONTENT

And finally, my CD Still Dreamin' is available through CD Baby.

iTunes should have it available in a matter of weeks.

Thanks and take care of yourself and others....

- Amber

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Relay For Life - 2010

Not too many shows that we have done have the emotional impact of this important benefit for cancer research on Saturday, August 7, 2010 in Vallejo, CA. Raising over $264,000 and creating awareness, the event was a phenomenal success!

Our band played the last two hours of the event as well as for the ceremony at the end. As we performed our original song, "Morning Angels" and drummer, Ram Hatley and I sang "Let go of the fear", we looked over to the stadium bleachers and saw "HOPE" spelled out in candlelight. We had one of those amazing moments that made us feel like we were being put to some good use. Ten minutes later the same bleachers spelled out "CURE" magically as the ceremony was under way. As we were leaving by way of golf cart, a group of people were singing in unison as I was barely able to make out their silhouettes.

Many participants gave freely of their energies to support this worthy cause and made this two day Relay For Life event spectacular. It was truly an honor to be a part of it.

Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Sparks, Keith, Jeremy as well as all event crew for taking care of us.

Relay For Life


Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Elmira Cabin

In a far away land beyond the corn and garden gnomes, over the river and through the wood, there lies a hidden treasure trove name "Elmira Cabin" and is headed by a vixen queen named "Felix".

This sets the backdrop for a perfect mini-concert created by Singer-Songwriter, Steve Siders

You can see him and Dan Hayes play here: Part 1

and here: Part 2

Finally, before my video camera ran out of battery life, I managed to catch one of my favorite local bands Serf & James

Along with other artists such as A Gang of Crows and half of Zombie Gaucho, this was a really great cast and crew. Mr. Snider & would gladly share the stage with this group anytime.

Music News

Hello Friends,

I just wanted to let you know about our upcoming benefit show this Saturday, August 7th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in Vallejo at the:

Relay For Life!
Located at St. Patrick's High School

Here is an article from the Vallejo Times Herald:

Amber Snider Band drummer is Räm tough
By Rich Freedman / Times-Herald

For the Amber Snider Band, there's bar gigs, there's festival gigs, there's private party gigs.

Fun, sure. A few bucks? Usually. But few have the emotional impact of performing at next weekend's Vallejo Relay for Life, a fund-raiser and community gathering on behalf of the American Cancer Society.

"It really is a pleasure to be part of this event," said Räm Hatley, the ASB drummer. "It's all about raising awareness and celebrating life, both of which I believe are powerful tools when it comes to battling this disease."

Hatley saw the importance of attitude when it comes to cancer recovery.

"My grandmother dealt with some cancer issues and iron-willed a few more years before she was done," Hatley said. "I think that education and awareness go a long way and I can't wait to bring some positive vibes to the party. It's going to be a great time."

Part of an extensive entertainment schedule Aug. 7 at St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School's track oval, the ASB includes lead vocalist Amber Snider, Aaron Snider, and Dave Youdell.

Hatley said it's Amber's original tunes that attracted him to the band. No cover tunes for this kid from the Southwest with the unusual name. Or not, depending on origin.

"I'm a yoga kid," he said laughing. "It (Ram) is a pretty common name in India. Not so common for an Oklahoma farm boy. But I guess I'm kind of a by-product of the sociological melting pot of the '60s and '70s."

Räm -- pronounced Rom, as in CD-Rom -- says there's nothing like performing live.

"There is a collective sense of self, stylistically, emerging that hasn't been there in the past," he said, comparing it to studio recording. "It's the transition that happens in an original band; from playing what you think people want to hear to playing what you want people and yourself to hear. We've been talking about what performance is and how to create an intimate musical experience that draws attention with original material."

The public needs to hear Amber's tunes, he said.

"It's kind of a cross between modern pop and Lucinda Williams with a little Sticky Fingers style Rolling Stones and The Band thrown in," Hatley said. "Originality and palatability. If you don't like it, we may need to check your pulse."

A different first name. An all-original band. The only thing missing is a Czech wife. Bingo. Hatley's bride is, indeed, from Prague.

"I'll spare you the details but I do have a few ideas on immigration based on the experience," he said. "We're grateful every day to be together and get back to Prague whenever possible. It truly is a beautiful city."

Hatley's father-in-law is a jazz clarinet player and saxophonist.

"It's amazing that, with music being our only common language, we are as close as we are," he said. "That really is a wonderful relationship for me."

As for his wife's English, "it may not be flawless, but she can say anything with that accent and I don't mind hearing it," Hatley said.

Though the Relay for Life is outdoors with people walking the track and others around their 24-hour tents, it's bound to be a better situation than some gigs.

Take bar mitvahs. Good for the kid celebrating. Sometimes not so good for the band.

"It sounds fun in theory until they send you sheet music requests," Hatley said. "I've seen the best sight readers go down in flames trying to play that stuff."

As for drummer jokes, Hatley's likely heard 'em all. And he rolls with the beat.

"What does it mean when the drummer has drool coming out of both sides of his mouth?" Hatley said. "The stage is level."


Relay For Life of Vallejo
Sat 9am - Sun 9am, August 7-8, 2010 at St Patricks High School

Music is throughout the day:

Our Band will be performing at 6:30pm (sharp).


Saturday, July 31, 2010

Napa City Nights - 2010

In the heart of any city is a "Downtown". There was even a popular song written about it because it is so special. For years now, I have been lucky enough to be a part of creating music in the heart of Napa even when it was merely an idea to have a fantastic outdoor amphitheater. Sure, back then, it was fun to play in the tiny gazebo at Veteran's Park and there were a few cars that would honk as they drove by and waved in support... and I remember feeling excited to hear of the big amphitheater plans and thought "hey that would be neat". Flash forward a few years and no longer are musicians playing to a few park benches full of gleeful listeners, now we are a part of something much greater. Massive amphitheater concerts with children dancing (please keep them away from the speakers though for the preservation of their hearing). People even dress up their pets to join in the fun. It is full on family fun for all ages with a professional sound crew who work hard at doing what they do best... putting on one heck of a show! (Every Friday throughout the summer)

There was a sea of happy faces surrounding the stage at Napa City Nights and many were recognizable to us in some way or another. Playin a show like this can be somewhat like showing up at your own birthday party or the scene in the movie "Titanic" when Rose walks through the ballroom and everybody she's known in life and loves is standing there smiling and cheering at her. It can be very surreal and dream-like. You never know who you might see...

My only regret from this show was wearing my seemingly cool rock star pleather pants simply because I lost a few pounds and could "finally" fit into them. This jolt of enthusiasm overshadowed whether they actually looked flattering or not. My style watchdog pointed out later that I should never wear them again (I didn't know I had one either). The pants self-destructed at the end of the show magically splitting right down the middle in a "wardrobe malfunction" thankfully and now I will never have to deal with them again. Hey not everyone can be Olivia Newton John in Grease (note to self)!

I even saw my old high school teacher and anytime I see someone from that era of my life I remember how much of a handful I was and how much music has helped me grow as a person. Back then music and theater was a great outlet for me as is for any youth (troubled or otherwise). Though I was self-conscious about my speckled past, my former teacher didn't seem to recall what a pain I was (or who I was at all) so that made me feel a lot better.

All and all, I believe our band put on our best show ever! The sound crew was great and we were lucky enough to get a recording of the show.

We are grateful to again have been a part of the Napa City Nights Concerts and would like to thank the crew as well as the City of Napa.

Click here to see our video from Napa City Nights

Photos by Samantha Madnick -

For more info on Napa City Nights -

Other performers that day include: Johhny Smith and Whitney Nichole.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Music News

Hello Friends,

I just wanted to let you know about our upcoming show this Friday, July 30 from 7:15 pm to 8:00 pm in Napa at the


In the heart of downtown Napa is the renovated Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater. Construction was completed in May 2008 as part of the Napa River Walk & flood control project. With Terraced seating areas, elegant lighting and beautiful views of the Napa River, the park is a unique venue for watching talented musicians and performers. Musical genres include Jazz, Rock, Country, World, Blues, Pop and Folk.

The Amphitheater is located along the Napa Riverwalk Promenade and is within easy walking distance from world class restaurants and distinctive shops. Nearby public transit and public parking make visiting the venue a breeze. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy free entertainment the whole family will enjoy.


Whitney Nichol - Acoustic

Johnny Smith - Rock / Blues

Our Band will be performing at 7:15pm (sharp).

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Glen Cove Marina 2010

What an amazing Marina adventure! Our band barely traveled a few miles to be transported into an island-esq oasis full of beauty and good times. One band after another made their way onto white, canopy-covered stage with surrounded by soft, feathery trees swaying almost in time to the music around them.

This year, there were a lot of great vendor booths to visit which made for an exciting experience for those in search of treasures.

Though we started slight later than was scheduled (Due to the sheer volume of musical acts), we took to the stage with gusto right as the weather cooled to perfection.

Mama Bear "Diana Wallis" joined us in a couple of tunes. Check it out!

Our very enthusiastic audience gave stellar performances themselves with applause and dancing (we finally have the dance video we always wanted - click here). Thank you, thank you everyone and especially to the Glen Cove Marina folks and Richard Freedman at The Vallejo Times Herald for another great festival!

You can see more videos here :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Music News

Hello Friends,

I just wanted to let you know about our upcoming show this Saturday, July 17 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm in Vallejo at the

Glen Cove Marina is hosting their 3rd annual Jazz, Arts, & Wine Festival! Entry, parking, and music is free! Food and drinks are available for purchase, along with wine tastings. The Humane society will be doing pet adoptions, the Benicia Outrigger canoe club will be giving free rides, Coast Guard Auxiliary will be doing vessel safety checks, local artists and vendors set up tables to sell their work, all while live bands entertain guests on our West lawn! Come join the FUN!

Our Band will be performing at 4pm.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ani DiFranco at The Uptown

After nearly ten years of empty marquee promises, I finally stood in ,line at the Uptown Theater in Napa comp tickets in hand (courtesy of R. Freedman at The Vallejo Times Herald). This was a monumental occasion for me. I reminisced with longtime Napkins about having seen a movie or two back in the day when it was a really good deal if you didn't mind being poked in the rear by a cushion spring. Ah, the days of our misspent youth. Even George Altamura was there and he, himself has been quoted to have frequented The Uptown when he was young (back when they allowed smoking in the theater). Of course, he had the main influence on the restoration of The Uptown Theater and I am guessing it now looks a lot like the original. Many people have been working hard to make sure of that. Now to Ani...

I hadn't seen Ani in years. Not that we are BFFs or anything but I have seen her perform live a handful of times and even saw her documentary not too long ago. She always stays fresh in my mind. Tonight, it was just her and a her bass player, Todd Sickafoose. God bless em'. They really carried the show. She always has a lot of energy and he really complimented her style well. Playing an upright bass no less. Ani is now a mommy and she talked about that a bit. It must be life transforming. She is balancing her new role as a mom while still rocking!

The opening act was a couple of locals from Oakland and San Francisco, respectively.
They had a really great vibe. I was excited to see and hear how so few performers could create such a wonderfully fulfilling sound.

Luckily, I was seated in front of fellow musician, Charles Hersey (or Charlie as I know him) and friend which just added to the already warm, home-townie feel I was getting from being at the Uptown Theater in general. I really cannot believe something so great is so close! I think it is filling in a lot of the music gap from Konocti being gone. I really think there is room enough for many music venues in the area. It's as it should be....

My husband, Aaron and bass player, Dave also enjoyed the show and was happy to be there. They are both huge Ani fans as well and to cap off the evening, my cousin, Chynna was there and gave us a big hug out of the blue! She lives in Fairfield and is also a big fan of Ani's. All together, it was a fabulous night!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Dixon Farmer's Market

When I arrived at the "Women's Improvement Park" in downtown Dixon, it was after I stopped at a gas station to ask directions to the "Women's Empowerment Park". Even though I had the name totally wrong, I was close... The attendant literally had no idea what I was talking about until I said "Farmer's Market". Then he knew what I was talking about. That was good, at least people know where to get their veggies.

I decided on a bigger amp this time which carries better in an open space that lets sound fly anywhere it wants. I aimed myself at a nice little family-run crepes tent but they didn't seem to mind. They fed me a half-price veggie crepe with feta and green olives. It was probably the best crepe I've ever had in my life. The guy actually "studied" crepes in France.

Because a nearby train passed through from time to time at the park, I thought that would really bring to life Johnny Cash's "Folsom Blues" which starts with the line "I hear that train a comin', it's rolling around the bend".." It brought another sensory element to moment and it really is the little things in life that makes this girl happy :)

Last time I was there, I met a couple of nice kids who helped me out a little by carrying stuff and I gave them a couple cd's. This time, they were there with about 10 others and they all looked very bored. I took a break and walked away for a second and out of nowhere, one of them takes to the microphone and starts beat boxing! And then another kid grabs the mike from him and starts shouting out to his friends. Of course I had to shut that down because they were horrible and just before I started playing again, another kid asked if he could beat box, too. Now I have been in charge of many open mikes in my time and I know how the natives could get restless for self-expression but this wasn't one of them. Plus, I told them if their friends hadn't of already done so without asking first I may have allowed them to. Maybe next time they will become more chaos control.

Anyway, as soon as the wind died down, the weather was warm and perfect. Some people were setting up movie night on a big screen and their speakers eventually took over the park which was fine by me. Four hours is a lot of time to fill with sound.

All in all, there was face painting, a spider man jumpy for the kids and lots of good food. A great place to be!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Castro, SF

Yesterday, I made it over to The Castro Farmer's Market in San Francisco where I played music for almost 4 hours. I watched the dense fog flow by overhead and even felt a sprinkle on the 2nd day of Summer 2010. I had slight technical difficulties setting up with my new battery-powered amp that puts out just enough amps to make me really work for it. A nice passerby came over and started helping me set up, calling me by my first name and telling me about his day. He runs a music day camp for children and this year he received a grant to help him. I love hearing stories like this and was grateful for his help. Even though I may go somewhere without knowing anyone, someone always manages to make me feel right at home. So thank you.

The Castro folks were pretty nice as they trickled through on their way to their destinations. I even sold a CD and made a few extra bucks. I have hung out there before with an old friend who use to live down the street. I love the wide diversity in fashion. From pink boas and chaps to a vibrantly colored suit made of small rubber bands, it was an exotic visual feast for the eyes.

I played my usual set of songs and the face painter next to me played peek-a-boo with two small boys who were obviously twins. One had a fully painted tiger face and the other was all natural. The children squealed with joy as the happy-go-lucky face painter in a tecni-colored, candy-stripped suit with balloons attached to her crocks acted surprised every time she heard the little lion "roar". They played this game for a good thirty minutes. They were extremely loud but I didn't mind the entertainment. Many people couldn't keep their eyes off of their little game, it added to the fun of the market. I imagined her having her own television show because she was so good with children. She even cheered for me after almost every song "Yay Amber!!" and had the children chime in with her. It was very cold and my nose was running...I really appreciated her enthusiasm.

After a cup of hot green, Jasmin tea and a hooded jacket, I was able to last through until the end feeling myself desperately wanting a warm environment. One of the vendors shouted "closing special, five dollar ravioli"!. That sounded like music to my ears so I dipped into my tip bucket and bought dinner. Butternut squash ravioli with a bit of pesto sauce. Now that's good living! Thank you SF :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Music News

Hello Friends,

I just wanted to let you know about a few upcoming shows I have on my calendar this week as a solo performer.

Weds., June 23rd - Castro Farmers Market, @ Noe at Market St, San Francisco, CA - 4-8p - no cover
Abloom with fresh fruits and vegetables,open every Weds., the farmers' market is open rain or shine.

Thursday, June 24th - the Women's Improvement Park, North 1st at East C Street in downtown Dixon, CA - 4-8p - no cover
The farmers' market is the best place for fresh, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, greens and nuts, PLUS, plenty of great family fun every Thursday evening. The farmers' market is open rain or shine.

Saturday, June 26th - The National Anthem @ Justin Sienna High School Stadium for Napa/Vintage Alumni Football Game 'Big Game.' See some of the stars from the past on the field one more time. Game starts at 7 p.m. at Dodd Stadium on the Justin-Siena football field. For more information:
Justin-Siena High School, 4026 Maher St., Napa,CA 94558

Saturday, June 26th - Please join me at Tuscany Restaurant, 1005 1st St, Napa, CA, 8:30-11:30pm
Located downtown in the heart of Napa, the food and ambiance is wonderful there!

I hope to see you soon and thank you so much for your support!


Monday, June 14, 2010

Recent Shows

What a strange and wonderful few weeks it has been! First we played at the Black Cat Bar and Grill in Penngrove to a few close friends and staff joined by our friend "BOXX". Then last week we had a great experience playing as a band at The Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA. The patrons and staff were very friendly and the sound guy, Jonathon was great. We made a lot of new friends there :) It was packed full of people partly due to the street festival happening there downtown right before we went on and partly because it is just a happening spot. I've never seen so many people walking around downtown before. The weather was perfect and there must have been 300+ people there wandering in and out, sitting at tables, the bar or dancing. So, young man at the Dixon Farmer's Market I performed at the week before, to answer the question you asked (is my band famous?), and according to your definition of famous as being known by at least 150 people, yes, The Amber Snider Band is quite famous :) I was told we were even mentioned on the local radio station, KRSH in Santa Rosa which never hurts. We played at The Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa a couple days later and had less of a crowd though we didn't mind too terribly because we were very happy to be playing there and hope to be back soon. We met some of Ram's friends that he has known for years; which was nice. They stayed for the whole show :) The next morning, I went to Vacaville to perform at the Farmer's market from 9a-noon. It was very warm and windy and reminded me of violent bathwater. I had to make sure that when I opened my mouth while singing, nothing flew in there on account of how windy it was. I barely had a voice that morning because I was so tired from singing at the top of my lungs the night before in Santa Rosa but I made it through. Thank you to everyone who threw a lit bit of change into my bucket, you bought me some fresh produce :) Later that Saturday night, Aaron and I went to San Francisco and played a benefit show for Rocket Dog Animal Rescue at El Rio. We opened for a singer-songwriter named Deborah Crooks and her band was very good. You can check out the video of that night below (I didn't turn my camera on when Aaron and I were playing though I could've sworn I did - oh poop). I also have some video from the Last Day Saloon, Silo's and The Black Cat to post. More soon....

Monday, June 07, 2010

Music News

Hello Friends,

I just wanted to let you know about a few upcoming shows on the calendar for this week for The Amber Snider Band.

Weds., June 9th - Russian River Brewing Company, 725 4th Street, Santa Rosa, CA - 8:30-10:30p - no cover

Friday, June 11th - The Last Day Saloon, 120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa, CA - 8:30-10:30p - no cover

Saturday, June 12th - El Rio, 3158 Mission St (@Cesar Chavez), San Francisco, CA - $10-$20 A benefit for Rocket DOG- Rocket Dog Rescue is a San Francisco Bay Area dog rescue organization (Mr & Mrs Snider performing without the full band) along with singer/songwriter Deborah Crooks

These are great venues and we hope you can make it!

Thank you so much for your support!


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Music News

Hello Friends,

I just wanted to let you know about a few upcoming shows on the calendar for next week. My calendar is included in this email. Our friends BOXX will be joining The Amber Snider Band on Friday at The Black Cat Bar & Grill in Penngrove. We hope to see you there!

Also, I am looking for more venues to play shows at. Do you have any suggestions?

Finally, at the risk of repeating myself....please vote for The Amber Snider Band so we can play Lillith Fair. That would be dreamy :)

1) One way is by logging into OurStage using Facebook Connect through the OurStage judging widget on

Then vote for The Amber Snider Band


2) The second way to judge is to create a free account on


Once you are on the Home Page, click on the word "Judge" at the top of the page. This will bring you to a page that will allow you to judge in any of the "Lilith Local Talent Search" music channels. Then vote for The Amber Snider Band.

Thank you so much for your support!


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Amber Snider News & Shows

Hello and thank you for being a part of our circle of friends and family and allowing our music be a part of your world!

I have some exciting news to share with you...

I am happy to say that Mr. Aaron Snider and I will be celebrating our one year wedding anniversary next week and we are happily heading out of town :)

On Sat May 8th, please join me in Vacaville for the first Wine Stroll this year. I hear they are even having a car show! It's all taking place in Town Square and along Main, Merchant and Parker Streets (please check for my showtime next week).

Next, our dear friend, Brooke Aved will be arriving in Napa on Weds. May 19th. Currently based in Austin, Texas, Napa Valley Singer-Songwriter, Brooke Aved will perform a very special concert in Napa at Silo's Music Club with friends Steve Siders, Eddy Mac & Myself. Expect a wonderful evening of original Folk/Rock & Adult Contemporary music. Seating is very limited - please RSVP/Purchase event tickets for by calling 707-251-5833 or online at Silo's Music Club. $10

The Amber Snider Band has been recording, reheasring and will be playing a few shows coming up. We will keep you posted.

Finally, it's offiical! I have released a 3rd CD Still Dreamin' available now through ReverbNation or my website. You can preview entire tracks and either download songs/Ringtones or order a physical cd (8 new tracks + 5 re-releases). This project is dear to my heart because I got to collaborate with some really great people! My parents, Steve & Diana Wallis (aka The Pine Dogz) & Jef Madnik to name a few!

Best wishes always,

Amber Snider


Friday, March 05, 2010


In my studies, I am learning about various ways of thinking. The question was posed to me "do all people have a conscience" and "where does a conscience come from?".

I think people are all born with a conscience and some people ignore their inner voice so much that they can no longer hear it. I have always heard friends and family advise me to "follow my gut" or "listen to your instincts". In the text I am reading, the author Vincent Ruggiero says, "conscience is the most important single guide to right and wrong an individual can have."

Of course, there have been many times that I simply chose not to listen. When that happens, I can usually feel it in the pit of my stomach. As children, we are so sensitive to love and pain and the world around us and we do not wish any harm on anyone. There is a feeling of distinct rightness and wrongness. It is very clear. Ruggiero tells us to "follow our conscience, but not blindly." It is important to examine our own conscience for "moral growth".

As we grow older, make mistakes and get battered through life, it sometimes becomes harder to see what is distinctly right or wrong. Many people cannot tell the difference anymore and simply rely on the government of others to create laws as a substitute or the media's sensationalism to dictate what is morally right or wrong. There is a disconnect between their own sense of right and wrong and what the world dictates. There becomes moral shades of gray as opposed to of black and white.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Amber Snider Solo Saturday Show in Dixon :)

Hello there, I will be headed into Dixon and playing at a wonderful new cafe/wine bar called Accardi's Italian Cafe & Wine Bar - 158 N. First Street Dixon, CA 95620

So come on out and celebrate the fact that winter is almost over and spring is almost here (ok not until March 20th, officially) but, you don't really need a reason to celebrate.

Eat, drink and be merry :)

Best wishes always,

Amber Snider

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Amber Snider Tuesday Show at The Rellik Tavern

Tue Mar 30 2010

Rellik Tavern
Benicia, CA

Age Limit: 21+ Tickets: FREE
Details: Join me at The Rellik Tavern (that's killer spelled backwards) for a "killer" solo show Tues. 7-10p


Hello, hope all is well. If you get the chance, stop by!



Thursday, February 11, 2010

Amber Snider Solo show Friday in Vacaville

Hello there,

This week I will be performing at one special venue and I would love to see you if you can make it:

WineStyles - Vacaville, CA Fri Feb 12 10 08:00 PM

Very Best Wishes,

- Amber Snider

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy New Year!

I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year and welcome 2010! It feels like such a milestone already. I am submitting to all of the fairs and festivals I can think of for this year and the band is ready. We had our first rehearsal in months last Sunday and we sounded as together as ever. It was nice to have a small break (though I kept playing solo shows here and there) we welcomed some changes during the last part of the year and in general needed a bit of band downtime.

I am pursuing a marketing degree as well as pursuing licensing deals for the over 100 songs I have been writing for the last 10 years. I am also releasing all my music digitally for now. It is a lot of work but I love it.

Last year I had the honor of meeting and performing with some wonderful and talented singer-songwriters. Grace Woods and Vanessa Verlee.

I hope to see you soon. Take care and many blessings for 2010!