Music For Everyone Presents The Showcase w/ Stephen Patterson The Showcase w/ St. Narcissus w/ Jack Roberts
The Showcase is back!
January 20, 2016 · 7:30pm
The Showcase w/ Stephen Patterson featuring Saint Narcissus
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.
On January 20th we will present the first of 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 January featured artist is Saint Narcissus. The opener for this evening is Jack Roberts.
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.