MFE Presents the Showcase w/ Steven Patterson Dave Lefever w/ Hannah Bingman
Our monthly singer/songwriter showcase
August 19, 2015 · 7:00pm
The Showcase w/ Steve Patterson featuring Dave Lefever
Music for Everyone, Steve Patterson, and Tellus360 are excited to bring you the 2015 season of The Showcase!
The art of the Singer Songwriter is featured in this unique series that brings artist and audience together to enjoy new, original music in an intimate, listening-room setting. This year we will feature nine songwriters in the headliner spot January through September. They will be competing for one of four spots in a sing-off competition to be held in October. The four artists who bring in the biggest audiences for their headliner event will make it to the finals, and there, the audience will vote for their favorites!
Thanks to a generous grant from Sid and Jan the artists who make the sing-off will be competing for substantial cash prizes.
We expect that October 21 show to be sold out. Proceeds will benefit Music for Everyone.
Our August featured artist is Dave Lefever. Opening the evening will be Hannah Bingman.
Dave Lefever writes songs about day-to-day life and sings them when he can. He tends toward a rootsy sound but loves a lot of other kinds of
music too. He was a founding member of The Cultivators, an original folky four-piece Lancaster band from the late ’00s.
Don’t think of Hannah Bingman’s music in terms of genre, in terms of folk. Think instead of the test pilot trading steel for aluminum, metal bolts for plastic, swivel seats for bean bag chairs — everything unnecessary pared back or discarded in the name of flight.
Since she first peered from behind a too-big acoustic guitar, Bingman has taught herself to strip away everything other than the soul-baring, leaving listeners with only this: Herself. It’s a sound distilled and clarified like mountain melt running down a stream, but at no times is it precious or pretentious.
Even at its most gut-checking, her music is affected with a kind of effortlessness. Don’t be fooled by this. Bingman has worked for every inch of altitude in the sky she’s come to call her own. In that sky, the one she colors with the blues of isolation and bright greens and purples of self discovery, earthy understanding — not loftiness — is king. Her music, her voice, sparkle without adornment, her songs project a wisdom miles beyond her years. And if you see her rising up against the horizon, know it’s not the jet fuel of rock star dreams she’s burning. Hers is the rare helium mix of talent and awareness.
– Damian Gessel