May 18, 2016 · 7:30pm

7:30pm
$5 cover
21+

The Showcase w/ Stephen Patterson featuring Steve Ward

Tellus 360 and Music For Everyone are preparing to launch Showcase 2016, season three of the popular singer-songwriter series curated by local songwriter Stephen Patterson.

The 2015 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. Mindy Nolt walked away with 2015’s top honors and the $800 Grand Prize.

Throughout the year we will present 9 new headliners who will compete for a spot in the Grand Finale in October. Shows are in The Temple at 7:30 PM, 3rd Wednesday of each month.”

Our May featured artist is Steve Ward. The opener for this evening is Dan Zdilla.

Steve Ward

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Pennsylvania indie rock quartet Fauna Flora was formed in 2013 by singer/songwriter Steve WardWard first became known in the late ’90s as part of the power pop trio Cherry Twister, and later as a solo artist, releasing two albums, Opening Night and See and Be Seen, in the 2000s. After taking some time off from recording, Ward, along with bassist and longtime collaborator Joe Pisapia, keyboardist Matt Thomas, and drummer Paul Murr, formed a new recording project based on Ward‘s thoughtful and intricately melodic pop songwriting. Recorded and produced by the band at Ward‘s barn studio in Marietta, Pennsylvania, Fauna Flora‘s lushly arranged, self-titled debut was released in April 2014, followed by their first live shows later that summer.

Dan Zdilla

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Dan Zdilla is a sucker for a good melody. After playing and touring with several Lancaster PA bands over the past several years, he has recorded his first solo record.
With its pitch-perfect blend of quirky romanticism and sweetly unpretentious vocal delivery, Dan Zdilla’s Behold and Lo captures what the Lancaster, PA songwriter does best.  His music is awash in Beatles-drenched arrangements that for all their musical complexity take their place as canvas for the real creative focus of the songs, Zdilla’s expressive melodies and slyly simple lyrics that deepen on every listen. The musicianship is consistently outstanding and all of the performers involved give the songs an emotional heft not typical of your boilerplate studio musicians.
The sound summons into mind greats from the pop pantheon like the Kinks and the Beatles but also nods to more soulful performers like Van Morrison and Paul Simon. These eight songs are a great introduction to Zdilla’s signature style: long ponderous verses that build unexpectedly toward hooks–guaranteed to be your car or shower singing standards–that meditate playfully on death, love and finding comfort with both. But each song is delivered with such attention to idiosyncrasy that any one can easily stand on its own feet.
Zdilla is taking his solo act on the road backed by the very musicians who made Behold and Lo so special. Although his songs have an ear-worm quality that can’t be ignored, the hooks on Lo and Behold aren’t mere window dressing. They lure the listener into the deeper, less flashy emotional recesses where Zdilla’s best work shines.