Artist Q&A

Q&A with Bari Koral

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What was the first concert you attended?Pink Floyd at Syracuse University (where I was going to school). It was in the carrier dome! I was blown away by the music but I was REALLY blown away by the lights & the fog. I still remember the production from that show.

Where and when was the first show you played? I played a show at the Right Track Inn in Freeport, Long Island- that was when I was an “adult” singer-songwriter. The Right Track Inn meant the world to me because that is where the Zen Tricksters packed the house every Saturday Night. They were the best Grateful Dead cover band in the world- really and how I wanted to meet them. Well, I sure did meet them, and then some! I wound up dating the lead guitar player for many years and many of the Zen Tricksters became part of my original songwriting band. They have gone to play very big venues now with folks like the Allman Brothers, Phil Lesh & Dark Star Orchestra but we all knew each other back in the day.

What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience? Having my first show sell out- in Fargo, North Dakota! And getting stuck outside a snow bank the next day after being on the radio in South Dakota. And hanging with Wilco and the Jayhawks in Minnesota.

Which of your songs is your favorite and why? I have favorites come and go, but one that has stayed around a really long time is “Nothing I Wouldn’t Do”, off my first kids/family album (Bari Koral Family Rock Band).

“If you wanted the moon, I’d build you a rocket and fly you there too. Or If you just wanted to rest I’d build you a pillow from my shoulder and chest. Whenever it comes down to you, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do”

I wrote that song for my little niece and when we started playing our family shows parents would dance with their children while we played it and sometimes moms would cry a bit but in the best ways.

What 3 artists have you listened to obsessively in the last month? Tom Petty, Dawes, Tom Petty

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A singer!

What is your most embarrassing moment? Falling off a stool and knocking over my microphone stand in the middle of college show!

What is your favorite phrase? When would now be a good time to start

Books or movies? BOTH

What would most people be surprised to learn about you? I used to work at Court TV and I was the head researcher on the Jeffery Dahmer trail. That pretty much summed up all the reasons I didn’t want to work in television anymore! (Even though I’m on TV now for Yogapalooza but that is very different!)


Check out the Bari Koral Family Rock Band at Jammin' Java on March 14th and at the Smithsonian March 13th!