The D’Vine Wine & Jazz Bar in Victorville was packed for the last Songwriter Showcase of the winter season. It was held on Wednesday, February 19. Wine and words were both flowing freely during the evening. Serious performing artists, both local and out of the area, performed work in several music genres, a book excerpt was read and an activist spoke about a cause.
The first performance was by Southern California recording artist, singer/songwriter Maggie Vee and producer/musician Nathan Paul, starting the evening off with original songs that are divinely inspired. Described as a new sound, they invented the term Fringe Folk, for their early acoustic guitar music. Recent reviews call them bold and distinct; adult independent and alternative; and being jazzy, bluesy and country in root, morphing into a flurry of atmospheric cerebral fusion.
Next up was Al Anthony, who sang some country tunes and announced he has a new CD out, called Liar. He’s been in the industry for many years. Background Singer, Ms. Rebecca Sue, co-writes songs with Al. The Al Anthony Band plays originals as well as cover tunes, and performs around the desert, mountain and surrounding areas.
Following him was Chuck Roberts, a SoCal native who has been on the music scene since Reagan was President. He is now a featured writer and performer on Dog Tales, a independent syndicated show running on over 120 stations across the country. He writes and performs story-based work, in a “Took the wrong turn to Nashville and got lost in the Inland Empire” kind of way.
Animal rights activitst Randall Massaro gave a short talk about what’s happening in his world, and how the government is using tax-payer money to round up and kill wild horses and burros in the desert. He also discussed the killing of wolves in Idaho and surrounding areas up north, and presented some ideas on how musicians can help his cause.
Comedian Renee Foss, a 72-year-old author of the newly-released book Leaving Life Today? Tomorrow? Or Yesterday? She read an excerpt, about a group of young men and women who gather for a special dinner hosted by friends, and with their eyes on the distant future, make a promise to themselves. Will anyone keep the promise?
To finish off the event, local Hesperia-based band The Blue Henrys performed their signature blues songs and some spiritual works from their new repertoire. They are a premier rockin-rhythm band that covers many blues styles from all eras, including Chicago style and anything with a great sound. They have been together for many years and offer a professional show and work ethic. Find them on You tube for some live concert footage … Crank it up!
The evening was an enjoyable and relaxing event with artist networking, and it was entertaining to watch artists present their original material and have fun with it. The opportunity to act out new work and get feedback from their peers, provides an outlet for the creative spirit to prepare for future work. The audience, whether artists or musicians or neither, gets a glimpse into the creative process.
Several Songwriter Showcases are held each year at D’vine Wine & Jazz Bar. Call M-vention Productions for more information, at (760) 684-9093 or email firstname.lastname@example.org