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VOTED Best of Philly KIDS “Keeping Teens off the Streets”

VOTED Best of South Jersey, “Open Mic Night”

“Sara O’Brien, a singer-songwriter, who is also a certified yoga, Pilates and kickboxing instructor – narrowly escaped death when the house she was living in earlier this year was engulfed in flames due to a faulty lamp. O’Brien, who plays cello and guitar, said she woke up unexpectedly at 3:30 a.m. Aug. 11 realizing “something was dreadfully wrong.” She and her roommate escaped the smoke-and-flame engulfed house through a second floor window. O’Brien actually jumped onto a trampoline below….”
- Nicole Pensiero, Courier-Post Newspaper
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Biographies

Sara O’Brien Biography (click to download)

Musician:  Sara O’Brien grew up in New Jersey. At age eighteen she moved away to attend college at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. There she became the lead singer and lyricist of IRIS an original alternative rock band...  Teacher:  Sara has devoted her life to creating opportunities through music to educate on social, health, and community issues.  Sara went on to graduate from the University of Georgia with a B.A. degree in Cross-Cultural Education through the Arts. Since, she has applied this method in teaching workshops in schools and community centers in Georgia and throughout the north east Entertainer:  LuLoo the Entertainer originated at BreastFest in Athens, GA. She was the “BreastFest Fairy”. Wearing pink hair and butterfly-wings...  Community Activist:  BreastFest/The Tyanna Foundation is a non-profit fundraising and health awareness initiative that began in honor of her mother, Tyanna O’Brien who died of breast cancer in 1990...  Yoga, Pilates & Fitness Instructor:  As a certified yoga, Pilates and fitness instructor, Sara maintains her health and wellness through the teaching and practice of yoga, Pilates & cardio exercise...  Mother:  Sadie-Jane Margaret O’Brien, born May 7th 2008...


Experience & Credentials

University of Georgia:  Graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Cross-Cultural Education through the Arts & Spanish (1997-2000)
BreastFest Athens, GA:  Founder & Director, (1999-2003)
Lyndon House Arts Center:  Art Teacher, Athens, GA (1999-2003)
The Ohio State University:  Studied International Studies & Spanish (1993-1996)
BreastFest New Jersey:  Founder & Director (May 2006-present)
Experiment in International Living:  Teacher, Ecuador, South America (Summer 2000)
Consultant- Tice/Genuardi Group, Puerto Rico (2005)
Consultant- Fleck Machine Company, Mexico (2006)
Twilight International Bike Race:  Director, Athens, GA, (2000-2001)
City Year Cleveland, OH/AmeriCorp:  Team Leader, founding year, (1996-1997)
City Year Cleveland, OH/AmeriCorp:  Corp Member, founding year, (1994-1995)
Boys & Girls Club, Columbus, OH:  Community Arts Director, (1994-1996)
Cherry Hill Health & Racquet Club:  Founder and Director of Girls Club and Teens in Training, teen fitness programs, (2003-2006).  Fitness, Yoga & Pilates Instructor, (2003-Present)
Philadelphia Sports Club:  Fitness, Yoga & Pilates Instructor, (2005-Present)
Pure Flow Yoga Studio:  Yoga & Pilates Instructor

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Gabriel Cifuni, Bass Player, SO'B
(SOB, Sara O’Brien Band)
Name:  Gabriel Cifuni
Birthday/Astrological sign:  Nov 29, 1974, Sagitarious
Where you live now?  West Deptford NJ
Place of birth:  Willingboro NJ.  But grew up in Gloucester Twp NJ
Place you call home:  I guess I can say NJ

Steve Goldstein, Guitarist
(SOB, Sara O’Brien Band)
Name:   Stephen J. Goldstein
Birthday/Astrological sign:  Sept. 26, 1953   Libra
Where you live now:  Cherry Hill, NJ
Place of birth:   born in the Bronx, NY but grew up in Flushing, NY
Place you call home:   wherever my family is, currently in Cherry Hill, NJ
Family:   Wife, Judy and 2 sons, Zach and Greg

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Sara's Music Biography

Sara O’Brien’s sound is like Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Natalie Merchant and Lucinda Williams with a splash of Susan Tedeschi.  Her music touches the heartstrings of kids as young as 3 and as old as 80, telling stories about the humor and tragedies of life, our Rites of passage, and her many travel experiences from the flatlands of the Midwest, to Key West, to the shores of South America. ù

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HoneyBabes

Take the Bangles, the Go-Go’s and the Brady Bunch add a little B52’s with a splash of orphan Annie and you got yourself a HoneyBabe.  Sara O’Brien & the HoneyBabes is
an original folk-rock band singing catchy pop tunes written by kids, for kids.  The songs talk about summertime, holidays, rainy days, tofu chicken wings, to “never be bratty”, teenage years, dragons, castles, wanting to play all day, takin’ that train to the moon, school coming soon, and most importantly “Being Weird is Cool!”

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