Stephen Patterson The Showcase w/ Stephen Patterson featuring Jack Roberts with Hollie Mendenhall
The Showcase: singer-song writer competition
February 15, 2017 · 7:30pm
Now moving to our private room, An Sibin. Be sure to get a seat!
The Showcase w/ Stephen Patterson featuring Jack Roberts with Hollie Mendenhall
Tellus 360 and Music For Everyone are preparing to launch Showcase 2017, season five of the popular singer-songwriter series curated by local songwriter Stephen Patterson.
The 2016 season concluded in October with the sold-out Grand Finale show in which 4 artists from the previous 9 shows each had 15 minutes to convince the audience to give them their vote for Singer-Songwriter of the Year.
On January 18th we will present the first of 9 new headliners who will compete for a spot in the Grand Finale on October 18th. Shows are in The An Sibin at 7:30 PM, 3rd Wednesday of each month.”
Our February featured artist is Jack Roberts with opener Hollie Mendenhall.
Jack Roberts began his career as a singer-songwriter quite by accident one night when he and a high school buddy decided to parody rock classics such as “Louie, Louie” and “Wild Thing.” Soon he was taking guitar lessons from his friend and writing his own tunes, and within a year he was playing in a rock band, determined to become a musician for life.
In the nearly 50 years since then, Jack has written music and lyrics inspired by the people he’s met and places he’s traveled, often singing his originals with acts such as The Royal Pudding, The Quiet Sun, Clancy’s Band and Slow Rush, then with the funky-folk group Ragtime Willi’s Inflatable Band (now The Ragtime Willi Band) leading to considerable local success. In the ‘80s he also began doing solo work at coffeehouses and and open mics, where several of his tunes – “Best Friends” and “Old Men, Young Dreams,“ for example – have attracted a loyal following, and his “Just a Long Road, released on The Ragtime Willi Band’s 2011 CD “Prodigal Sons,” was chosen for Volume 4 of Music For Everyone’s Benefit CD series.
The best description of Jack’s songwriting is, in a word, “relatable.” Everyone, anywhere can feel the emotion of lost love [“Lisa in Blue,” “The Morning Song”]; the gift of friendship [“Old Friends”] and the humor of local stories and cultures [“I Got Run Over by a Car That Was Following Jesus”].
A published poet and an award-winning journalist and short fiction writer, Jack continues to pen songs and take them to the public, performing as a solo act and with his group, which plays an eclectic mix of originals, country, folk, bluegrass, and blues, with nods to the likes of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and John Prine.
For more on his work, and a sample of “Just a Long Road,” check out ragtimewilli.webs.com.
Hollie Mendenhall is a songwriter, pianist, educator and ukulele aficionado based in Lancaster. She has a varied musical background and enjoys telling stories in her songs. Hollie finds inspiration in many different artists, including Billy Joel, George Gershwin, Stevie Wonder, Trombone Shorty, and Lin Manuel-Miranda. She enjoys all kinds of music, especially New Orleans jazz, Broadway, rock, and anything acoustic. She currently is a music teacher, mother, and wife, and tries to find songs in everyday moments.