Saturday, September 15 at 8 PM, please join host Dave Kearney for “Showcase” with his guests Mark Stepakoff and The Dempsey/Nelson Way. $10 at the door or on eventbrite.com. The maximum seating is 45. BYOB or select from a range of snacks and soft drinks at Ozubar.
On the third Saturday of each month, ShowCase will present original or artfully interpretive music by two accomplished acts, plus a performance by the host, Dave Kearney. Each act will offer 30 minutes of music, with Dave Kearney opening and closing the show with his own songs.
About Mark Stepakoff
“Boston-based singer-songwriter Mark Stepakoff certainly deserves to be a national folk figure”
— Performing Songwriter Magazine
Boston-based singer-songwriter Mark Stepakoff is widely admired on the New England folk music scene for his mix of wry humorous material and poignant ballads, in the vein of artists such as John Prine and Loudon Wainwright III, with whom he has frequently been compared. He has released five CDs and has placed four songs in the top 10 on the national “Folk-DJ’ radio airplay chart, reaching as high as number 3.
Mark has received numerous songwriting awards. He has received First Prize four times in the Great American Song Contest and twice each in American Songwriter Magazine’s lyric contest and the Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival song competition, and is a seven-time finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition. He has been a finalist in the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition and has received Honorable Mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Telluride Troubadour Contest, and Rocky Mountain Folks Singer Songwriter Showcase (three times).
Mark performs frequently in the Boston area. He has headlined on several occasions at Cambridge’s legendary Club Passim, and has also headlined or been featured at, among many other venues, Johnny D’s, Tupelo Music Hall, and Nashville’s Bluebird Café. Among the artists he has opened for are Bill Morrissey, Steve Forbert, Buskin & Batteau, Christine Lavin, Cheryl Wheeler, Don White and Claudia Schmidt.
About The Dempsey/Nelson Way
This husband and wife team have been playing music together for over twenty years. Barbara’s smoky, soulful voice and DeWitt’s funky upright bass open up the door for all kinds of musical adventures. From jazz standards to pop (WARNING – Done The Dempsey/Nelson Way!) to blues, country and originals, it’s always a sweet listening experience of which you should take advantage.
About Dave Kearney
Songwriting became a beacon for me when I heard my first Hank Williams recording as a child. I started following the call of that muse right about the time I encountered my first recordings of Mickey Newbury and Roger Miller. I cut my teeth in the Chicago music scene of the 60’s, lived and pitched songs in Nashville, and played amongst legends in Woodstock, NY where I now live. I’ve followed the footsteps of my influences: Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Malcolm Holcombe. I’ve actually met and been encouraged by Guy, and been lucky enough to have made a lifelong friend in Malcolm. I’ve played and sung my songs in every state south of the Canadian border and east of the Mississippi River. Now, after all these years, I’m still on that journey, guitar in hand and heart to the wind; mining my life and the life I see around me, always listening for the next song. I don’t suppose this love affair will end until I run out of road, and who knows for sure- maybe not even then.
Since moving to the New York area, I have shared the bill with Mary Gautier, John Hall, Malcolm Holcombe, Tom Rush, Garnet Rogers, Tom Pacheco, and others…
Discography: Ghost Tracks/ independent, 2011
The Waiting Game/ independent, 2014