Raison D'Etre Concerts

Promo image by Brad Puckett of BP Photography, Mobile, AL. http://www.bradpuckettphotography.com

Raison D'Etre plays a sampling of all of our styles at every concert plus our award-winning original songs. Our one and two-set concerts work particularly well for cabaret settings, performance halls, concert series, and libraries. Historic venues, museums, festivals, and retirement communities might find our specialty shows a better fit. See details on this page. Roberta offers music residencies to schools, community groups, arts centers, and senior centers including empowerment drumming and songwriting.

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New Duo Show Available in Fall 2016--Webster Sisters Sing the Everly Brothers

Violet and Roberta harmonize in the incomparable style of Phil and Don Everly.

Swing Canaries


This one-hour show features songs from the 1930s and 1940s--the big band era. We perform this show in duo and trio configurations.


Sister Acts

Midland Theatre

Raison D'Etre is a sister act(since Violet Rae and Roberta are sisters.) "Sister Acts" includes songs made famous by singing sisters including Clooney, Andrews, McGuire, Lennon, King, Webster, and Dinning. The one-hour show is available in duo and trio configuration.

Golden Girls of the West

Raison D'Etre plays songs of the Old West(with a few songs about the Old West thrown in for fun.) This one-hour show is available in solo, duo and trio configurations.

Christmas Belles

Long before there was a play by that name(featuring sisters, wouldn't ya know,) Raison D'Etre strolled through the streets of many a(n) historic site singing carols. Their recorded version of that experience is called "Christmas Belles," and you can also book a set of our well-rehearsed carols for your event. We play a one-hour version of this show in duo and trio(with instruments,) but are also available for caroling in costume as environmental music.

Roberta Schultz - Teaching Songwriter, Empowerment Drum Facilitator, Poet

Roberta performs solo shows for Creative Aging Cincinnati including "Songs of the Old West" and "The Story Behind the Song." This year she added a show called "Brothers and Sisters" including songs made famous by siblings. She toured that show to Coffeyville, KS for their Humanities Program. She performs at Alois Alzheimer Center in Cincinnati for the Kohler Dementia Program: Making Connections Through Music and has joined the Cincinnati Arts Association's Arts in Healing Program as a drum facilitator for the VA and an environmental musician for Hospice of Cincinnati. Her songwriting and drumming have earned her a spot on the Kentucky Arts Council's Teaching Artist Roster since 2007. She has read from her two published chapbooks at literary events in Greater Cincinnati, Dayton and Lexington.

A long-time attendee of SoLaTiDo(a Workshop for Southern Singer Songwriters) in North Carolina, she looks forward to writing more songs in the mountains every fall and on the Scuppernong River in the spring.

Drum Circle Song Links and Downloads - For Roberta Schultz's Empowerment Drum Learnshops

Watch a video of two Native American Drum Chants from 2013 Learnshop with teachers.  (One in Ojibwa language, one in vocables.)

02_Happy_Shaker_Song.mp3 A song file to go with your Happy Drum Song Lyrics.

Watch a demo video of the ABCs of Drumming song.

Watch another demo video of another song for ABCs of drumming. 

Watch a demo song for Inspirational Beats.

Download a promo photo for Raison D'Etre Duo