Ask Kriki where she sees herself in five years and you’ll get a hearty laugh as a response.
“In my life so far, I’ve learned that every plan is going to change,” she said. “Every plan I’ve made in my life as of now has not come true, except the music aspect.”
The female vocalist echoes this sentiment in the track titled “Change,” part of her debut solo album, “Talk (We Act Like We’re Doing Something).”
The 26-year-old Harding native will play Bart & Urby’s in Wilkes-Barre at 10 p.m. Saturday supported by her band, Anne Chairge on keyboard and flute and sister Jessica Kirby on bass. A drummer will take the fourth spot, which is most often filled by a guest musician.
Before this album, Kriki was part of several other musical projects, such as Evernight, Rippletree Effect and Barefoot.
“It’s been eight or nine years that I’ve been playing with other bands,” she said. “I just decided to do my own thing, work on my own material a little bit, and see what I can come up with.”
This project differs from the others in terms of sound. Kriki describes it as “a little bit of folk rock with a lot of pop influences.”
“This is different from what I’ve done in the past in the sense that it’s a lot more laid back and reflective,” she said. “I think that, on the whole, it’s just a bit calmer while still having a good amount of energy to it.”
Reflection is a theme that runs through Kriki’s lyrics.
“I really have a hard time writing about small stuff,” she said. “I write about the things that are big questions that make me wonder, specifically God.”
“I wonder about why life goes the way it does. Every once in a while I’ll write about something specific in my life, but it’s mostly about things I just don’t understand.”
Her favorite track on the EP is its namesake, “Talk.”
“It hits on the big picture, the big questions,” she said. “It’s kind of an inverted conversation with myself trying to figure things out.”
No matter what changes may come her way, Kriki knows that five, even 10, years down the line, one thing will stay the same.
“Putting my thoughts on paper and to music is my passion,” she said. “I would think that no matter what changes in my life, that won’t.”
Meanwhile, George Jones is coming to town for real this time.
The legendary country singer will make his rescheduled stop at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The 76-year-old is often referred to as “the greatest living country singer.” He’s been honored numerous times over his career, including as Most Promising Country Vocalist in 1956, as a 2008 Kennedy Center honoree, and with a 1992 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and a No. 3 rank in the 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003.
Due to illness, Jones had to cancel his December concert here. All tickets bought for that show will be honored Sunday. Tickets also are on sale and cost $27.50, $37.50, $47.50 and $57.50.
Handshakes & Head Butts, Suze, Paulsko, Make Love & War, and County Lines will play the River Grille in Plains Township from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m. tomorrow as part of a benefit for Peter K. Menzies.
The 24-year-old from Dallas has high-risk Hodgkins lymphoma and is undergoing chemotherapy, which will be followed up by radiation treatments. His fiancÚ, Michelle Ostroski, 21, of Hunlock Creek, and family and friends are organizing the benefit.
The proceeds will go toward Menzies’ expenses while he battles the disease.
In addition to live entertainment, a silent auction and basket raffles are planned. Auction items will include a puck signed by celebrated Detroit Red Wings hockey player Gordie Howe, a Philadelphia Flyers hat signed by Jeff Carter, puck signed by Chris Pronger and photo signed by Braydon Coburn and a Philadelphia 76ers picture signed by Jodie Meeks
Baskets will include a “Night in Italy,” filled with the makings of a romantic dinner, a “This Is How I Roll” sushi basket and “Hungry Man,” a basket filled with gift certificates from area restaurants, among other themed items.