June Singer Songwriter Showcase

June Singer Songwriter Showcase

The June 2014 installment of our singer songwriter showcase is bursting with talent. This showcase puts six songwriters together to perform two short 15 minute sets. This is a listening room experience with delicious food and drinks, and some of incredible original entertainment.

Andrea Nardello, Billy Penn Burger, Danielle and Jennifer, Ginny Wilder, Hanna Melba, No Good Sister

Angelee Gerovasiliou

Transporting listeners both emotionally and spiritually, Philadelphia native Angelee will connect with you when he takes the stage with a voice that is clear, strong, compelling and memorable. The singer/songwriter, who's known for his passion and energy, recently released his third album "Miss You" with the lead track "Blue" recently named 93.7FM WSTW's "Hometown Heroes" song of the year.

Bryan Russo

Bryan Russo is an acclaimed songwriter, and an award winning journalist, whose big bluesy voice wallops audiences with soulful lyrics that bite. He’s an old soul with a sound to match and he writes like he overheard Tom Waits and Randy Newman talking about life in a diner. Bryan has shared the stage (either solo or with his bad The Tragic Figures) with such acts as: The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, G Love and Special Sauce, Donavon Frankenreiter, Shooter Jennings, Lukas Nelson and POTR, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Low Cut Connie, and very soon….John Mayall.

Dani Mari’s clever melodies and intelligent lyrics reflect her dedication to a serious music career which has seen her play at the Tin Angel, World Café Live, and The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, The Bitter End, Piano's and Caffe Vivaldi in New York City, and at SXSW in Austin. In addition, she has performed with acts such as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Mates of State, Of Montreal, Jeffrey Gaines and Patti Smith.

Frank Viele

Frank Viele constructs his sound beneath an acoustic funk ceiling with windows of alternative pop, folk and soul. A musical carpenter in the independent rock genre, this singer/songwriters approach mixes a dry wit with a soulful touch. A storytelling angle finishes out the floors of this building. Frank's sound construction is cemented together by a solid blues foundation and his stylistically aware approach is evident in his singing and guitar playing.

NALANI & SARINA

Introducing Nalani and Sarina Bolton.
Born to folk-music-loving parents, Nalani and Sarina attended concerts and sing-a-longs “in the womb,” eventually joining in vocally themselves at about age five. Their formal classical piano training began a year later. Mother Bolton made sure their informal music education included all the great —songwriters Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen as well as the Beatles and Alanis Morissette. Sarina recalls: “I told my mom that I fell asleep thinking about music and woke up thinking about it too. I think that’s when she knew she was in trouble.” Songwriting, which became their greatest passion, followed soon after. “It’s my therapy,” says Sarina, “it’s the best way I have of expressing my emotions.” Adds Nalani, “If our songs can have a positive effect on someone, make them feel not so alone, then that’s what makes us want to keep writing songs.”

For the past three years they have been performing original material throughout the Northeast—in places such as World Café Live (both Philadelphia and Wilmington), Milkboy, Godfrey Daniels, John & Peters, Steel City, Burlap and Bean (all in PA), the Bitter End (NYC), the Stone Pony (NJ), and the Fez (CT); as well as a number of college campuses including Rutgers, Rowan, Montclair, and Loyola (MD). They’ve also been featured in a variety of music festivals including Ladybug Festival, Bethlehem’s Musikfest, Cape May’s Singer/Songwriter Festival, and Black Potato Festival. On radio, their song “Start All Over” was selected as WXPN’s Philly Local Pick of the Day, and they have twice been featured guests on the Sirius XM program “Kick out the Jams” hosted by legendary music critic, Dave Marsh. In January 2014, Nalani & Sarina released their first full-length album, “Lessons Learned.” Designed to present them to a wider audience, it features 14 of their original songs, produced by Greg Drew and Julian Herzfeld. Critic for NPR, David Bianculli says, “The songs on their debut CD all seem to have hooks, and both the musicianship and recording quality of Lessons Learned are impressively, surprisingly high.” In addition to Nalani & Sarina’s playing and singing, the album features the considerable talents of some of NYC’s finest musicians – Will Lee (bass), Joe Bonadio (drums), and Tommy Mandel (keys), Leni Stern (guitar) and Tom ‘Bones’ Malone (horns). Says Nalani: “Music means everything to me. Why would I not want to do it as a career?”
While Nalani and Sarina have all the requisite attributes for a successful modern pop career—beauty, charm, intelligence—there’s much, much more. As Nalani puts it, “We didn’t take all those lessons and spend all those hours practicing so we could lip-sync to pre-recorded tracks.” Sarina says, “I can’t remember NOT singing! We just want to be on stage and perform for everyone as long as we can.” Meaningful songs, tastefully played and soulfully sung with amazing harmonies—all wrapped up in a contemporary package. Celebrated music critic, Dave Marsh, sums it up best: “To see and hear them now, it’s hard to believe they might not always be this cute and fresh, but listen to their music a bit closer and you’ll realize they won’t have to be.” Sometimes the over-used superlatives are true: Unique. Special. Nalani & Sarina.

$8.00

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June Singer Songwriter Showcase with Angelee Gerovasiliou, Bryan Russo, Dani Mari, Frank Viele, NALANI & SARINA

Friday, June 14 · 7:00 PM at World Cafe Live - Wilmington Upstairs