7:30 p.m., Dec. 2, 2009
View Showcase I
Finalists were selected from more than 70 singer/songwriters who participated in the city’s weekly Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night series between September and November. They joined veteran Western Blues musician Hans Olson for the inaugural event.
Paulina Vo was 21-years-old when she made her Showcase debut. She has been singing all her life. As a young artist, she decided to make her own music when she grew tired of singing other artists’ songs. She has been writing her own lyrics since the age of eight-years-old, and laid her hands on her first guitar at age of 10. Vo was born in New Orleans, La., but lived in Orlando, Fla., for most of her life. She recently moved to New York where she creates music by combining the different sounds and types of music that surrounded her in the different parts of her life. Her works feature acoustic soulful pieces, some Rhythm & Blues and a few Hip Hop tracks. View: "Profile" “434am” "Round Two”
Justin Olson, of Tempe, is an American singer/songwriter and guitarist whose musical style encompasses a myriad of genres: folk, soul, jazz and rock. Olson spent three years in Dallas, Texas, and moved to Arizona by way of Albuquerque, N.M. He has spent most of his life living in the state of Arizona in such cities as Phoenix, Flagstaff, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Tempe and Chandler; drawing on the diversity of these locations and life experiences to serve as the inspiration for many of his songs. View: "Profile" "Work Week" “Time”
Scottsdale’s Cottonwood Stone writes and performs acoustic music that has a gentle and positive message, speaking of connection, home, love, nature and spirit. She has shared her music at coffee shops, retreats and conferences and has traveled across the country presenting a musical/education program she developed, called “Peace and the Common Thread.” In addition to writing and performing music, Stone is a “Ways-of-Being” teacher and works for the city of Scottsdale’s Public Library system. View: "Profile" “Fairy’s Dance” “Savor”
Dirty Lingo features Mike Chapman (vocals/songwriter/lead guitar), John Hayden (bass/vocals), Adam Wolin (drums) and Michael Levin (cello/keyboards). After joining their high school choir, Chapman and Hayden, inspired by the Beatles, began incorporating intricate melody lines and harmony in their music. Following graduation, the two teamed with Wolin, who has played drums since age five and received formal training from the Musicians Institute of Los Angeles. The classically-trained Levin, the son of two Phoenix Symphony Orchestra violinists, joined the trio after it recorded “Pleasant by Being Rude.” The band recently recorded the album “Junk Food Junkies,” which has been well received from Los Angeles to Milwaukee. View: "Profile" “The Nurse” “Do You Remember”
The evening featured a special performance by Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night favorite, Paul Woodall.