As the pandemic hit the San Francisco Bay Area and shut down all performance venues, livestreams quickly emerged as the only form of live performance art. Heather began live streaming from her kitchen baking a dessert live while she sang a capella and discussed the current state of the crisis.
The show became a musical conversation when she asked Aaron Kierbel, a celebrated Bay Area percussionist, to join her in the kitchen. The combination of Aaron’s humor and beats with the live discussion in all its playfulness, the show started to transform. Heather and Aaron took their “Baking with Beats” show outside in order to bring her band back together safely, creating new opportunities for improvisation and collaboration.
The transformation was complete when Heather accomplished the seemingly impossible tasks of pivoting to baking on the BBQ, spontaneously covering and creating songs on the fly, while talking about the issues of the day. With the addition of guest musicians and performers, Heather now hosts a weekly “Culinary Cabaret” celebrating the love of sharing recipes and music together.
Heather has always had a hand in the culinary arts and musical performance world. Beginning with her singing debut in the musical comedy “One Night in Paris” at the grand opening of the infamous Slipper Room in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Heather moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and appeared in her first SF show at the legendary Empire Plush Room for a cabaret show titled “The Vava Voom Room” in 2004. She performed regularly at the SupperClub SF from 2007-2008 as the singer and entertainer. Sitting in at various SF Jazz Clubs led Heather to appear in their first show at Amnesia and in a tribute to Julie London at SF Capp Street Music Center for a SongBird Festival in 2009.
In 2018, Heather landed back on the mic singing again in the historic SF North Beach restaurant Capos SF for a monthly gig. Leading into 2019, Heather became the MC at Berber, hosting the show, singing
acapella, introducing the performers ranging from belly dancers to aerialists. She rang in the 2020 New Year headlining SpeakeasySF’s NYE with her full band, Heather Thiel and the Aces.
(aka The Aces)
EVENTS & BOOKING
Got a BBQ? Got a Winery? Got a Wedding? We’ll play it.
We can bring the full outdoor Just Add Heather Show with a five piece band, dancers, circus artists, dinner and desserts baked on the BBQ or pair things down with a trio and treats. For outside shows, weekends are best but like our circus artists, we’re flexible and can bring the BBQ and everything but the kitchen sink … ok, we’ve got that too!
Just Add Heather Show began as a livestream, let us know if you want us to set this up too. We can also provide photos & video for social. We can play two 45 minute sets or a straight 90 minutes and back the dancers & circus artists.
Please contact us below for base rates for the band, the performers, and the BBQ! We can also provide a custom quote after a quick consultation.