MER invites Chicago's finest artists to partake in a "songwriters in the round" session followed by a featured artist performance. This stripped down format gives front men and women a chance to step back from their bands and deliver their stories and music as they were originally contrived. Catch this unique vibe and enjoy the sincere delivery of Chicago's most dedicated songwriters! MER's Music Showcase features headliner, Rearden Roark, and songwriters Hadley Kennary, Ashlee Barrera, Ancient Seas, and Elle Casazza, and is hosted by Cubby Bear, 1059 West Addison Street, Chicago, IL 60613, on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014, 8:00pm.
MER continues his unyielding support of local talent by what is fast becoming a true music tradition and must attend event in Chicago; MER'S MUSIC SHOWCASE. "Music for me is the one thing that makes me feel unique," says MER "and it's the one thing that I feel I can share with anyone and everyone." Listen to Heart Attack by MER (released September 1st, 2013) on SoundCloud here and Bulletproof by MER (released February 17th, 2013) on SoundCloud here.
REARDEN ROARK: Chicago indie rock band Rearden Roark was created in early 2011 by Dan Berdelle and Matt Christensen and bring a fresh blend of atmospheric rock behind a tight, high-energy, rhythmic backbone. The music consists of story, melody, and creative rock. The band's debut album entitled, Ghost in the Science, was released on September 17th, 2013. [from Rearden Roark biography] Listen to Harmonizing by Rearden Roark on SoundCloud here.
HADLEY KENNARY: Four years after picking up her first guitar at the age of 10, Hadley Kennary (yes, pronounced like the bird) started writing music when she was 14. Now, she has a self-titled EP, Hadley Kennary (released June 1st, 2011), a full-length album entitled In Fall (released August 13th, 2013), and has dedicated her time to studying music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her sound is refreshing and real. Each song is a unique experience that stays true to her acoustic roots and vocal integrity. She is inspired by everything and everyone around her. [from Hadley Kennary biography] Listen to Extract by Hadley Kennary on SoundCloud here.
ASHLEE BARRERA: Ashlee Barrera sings her heart out, writes songs, and has an addiction to coffee. She is a California girl trapped in a Chicagoan's body. [from Ashlee Barrera biography]
ANCIENT SEAS: Justin Eisenbraun and Lindsay Hopkins are Ancient Seas from Chicago, Illinois. Ancient Seas are currently supporting two singles entitled, Armor (released June 11th, 2014) and All My Defenses (released July 29th, 2014). [from Ancient Seas biography] Listen to All My Defenses by Ancient Seas on SoundCloud here.
ELLE CASAZZA: Elle Casazza personifies her music, bold, fearless and ethereal. Based in Chicago, Casazza writes and performs music that is the love child of blues, soul, jazz and pop. "There's no one way to describe the music I write, says Casazza. "It's a culmination of all the music I love to sing." Her powerful vocals send chills to those who listen. Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday, KT Tunstall, Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald have influenced Casazza’s eclectic writing style. Her debut EP, For Your Pleasure was released May 3rd, 2013. [from Elle Casazza biography] Listen to Soft And Low by Elle Cassaza on SoundCloud here.
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
MER's Music Showcase presents
1059 West Addison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613
Doors: 8:00pm / Songwriters: 8:30pm / Headliner: 10:00pm