MER continues his unyielding support of local talent with what has become a true music tradition and must attend event in Chicago; MER’s Music Showcase. “I am thankful to perform original music in one of the greatest cities in the world,” says MER. “I extend my thanks to the city and to the music industry by allowing other grateful artists to share their talents. Music for me is the one thing that makes me feel unique and it’s the one thing that I feel I can share with anyone and everyone.”
MER invites Chicago’s finest musical 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 songwriters Dave Tamkin, Marlon Longid, Jay Langston, and Redfield, and is hosted by Cubby Bear, 1059 West Addison Street, Chicago, IL 60613, on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014, at 8:00pm.
Listen to Bulletproof by MER (released February 17th, 2013) on SoundCloud here and Heart Attack by MER (released September 1st, 2013) on SoundCloud here.
DAVE TAMKIN: Chicago singer/songwriter, Dave Tamkin, currently resides in Boulder, CO. He has created his own unique style of rhythmic-acoustic rock that’s based around a fresh musical vision. His shows vary from intimate solo acoustic performances to a full band experience encapsulating a mixture of personal lyrics and skilled songwriting set against a high-energy percussive backbone. He has shared the stage with Guster, The Samples, Rusted Root, Michael Galbicki, Butch Walker, Brendan James, Hazel Miller, The Violent Femmes, Willy Porter and Peter Mulvey to name a few. Tamkin has a style that’s hard to resist. His lyrics are unabashedly honest and his passion for playing is undying. Tamkin’s musical catalogue includes a 5-song EP entitled Cedar (released October 1st, 2013), Empty Pages – single (released August 1st, 2013), Let Me Hear You Scream [Live] (released November 9th, 2009, Let Me Hear You Scream [Live] (released November 11, 2007), Live At Schubas 6-1-2005 (released June 1st, 2005), Live At Schubas 3-16-2005 (released March 16th, 2005), and Only Traffic (released January 1st, 2005). [from Dave Tamkin biography]
“I met MER in a dance class back in 2001,” explains Tamkin. “I was taking tap and he was in the expressive dance class across the hall. I was laying down some deep tap rhythms and he would come over and create movements in free form. We were pretty bad ass! Chicago is one of the most fantastic and diverse music cities in the country. I think it’s great that MER is focusing on the singer/songwriters and their audiences and providing a venue to showcase that niche in Chicago. MER is passionate about music and is giving that back to his peers through these events. I’m proud to be a part of that passion.”
Listen to Drift by Dave Tamkin (on Cedar EP released October 1st, 2013) on SoundCloud here and Thoughts Up Here by Dave Tamkin (on Let Me Hear You Scream [Live] released November 11th, 2007) on SoundCloud here.
MARLON LONGID: Chicago-based musician Marlon Longid is all alone and he’s perfectly fine with it. Armed with a guitar and a looping pedal, Longid is a one-man musical army whose skills embody true musical innovation. His mind-boggling creations of percussion, layered vocals and bass lines (all summoned from his voice and acoustic guitar) impress both musician and layman. The truth is, not many of the bigger live music acts bring what Marlon Longid does. In his case, less is more. Longid cut his musical teeth with some of the finest musicians of this time, sharing the stage with roots rock legend Rick Danko (The Band), Blues Traveler and Chicago R&B great Pete Special (Pete Special Band & Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows). After forming the rock trio SoulFix in 1999, he and the band have earned the right to rock on stage with national acts Staind, Maroon 5 and King’s X and have performed at venues such as CBGB’s, the Metro, Double Door, House of Blues, Alpine Valley and First Midwest Bank Amphitheater. [from Marlon Longid biography]
“MER and I have been running around the same musical circles for a number of years, but I believe the first time I saw him was at the Lyons Den,” confirms Longid. “It really was awesome and inspiring to see another brown guy on stage playing rock and roll. We’ve been like Spam and eggs ever since. Sharing a stage with my musical brothers is truly an honor, especially with someone like MER. There have been many pages in my proverbial musical book taken from his, particularly as it pertains to songwriting and performing. He and I are cut from the same rock and roll cloth, so there’s no doubt he’s put together an amazing lineup of musicians for this Wednesday evening. It’ll be fun to see the sparks fly in an intimate setting like that. Also, the Foo Fighters just played there, so maybe we’ll get some of their musical mojo!”
Listen to More by Marlon Longid on SoundCloud here and Happy by Marlon Longid on SoundCloud here.
JAY LANGSTON: Jay Langston is a seasoned songwriter/guitar player/performer who began writing for Langston & Co. (LCO) in 2010, after his previous national band of 8 years split. Langston & Co. is the result of a life lived on the road, in upheaval, struggling to reach a destination that may not even exist. “This endeavor was, and is necessary for me as a man, and a songwriter to move forward. I want the music to reflect the good and bad things in life that we all experience. Without all the fluff and shine, I hope the songs will speak for me.” Langston & Co. will cling to its southern roots maintaining a minimalist approach. “I want this to be about good songs, and not a lot of noise.” Ready to release the first LCO studio EP, the time is now to set out on the journey! Langston & Co. are supporting their singles entitled, Free (released March 11th, 2014) and You’re Here I’m Here (released March 4th, 2014). [from Langston biography]
“I met MER a little over 2 years ago when I first moved to Chicago at Cubby Bear,” states Langston. “We have been friends and supporters of one another since day one. Great guy that really has gone out of his way to help out any way he can! I am always honored to be invited to play his music showcase. It’s always a really cool experience because it is the time when acts that do not typically “fit” on stage together get to expose both the listeners and the other musicians to music they may have never thought to check out! It has been rewarding every time I have done it!”
Listen to Survive The Fall by Langston & Co. on SoundCloud here.
REDFIELD: Redfield is a blues-rock quartet that is based out of the Western suburbs of Chicago, and is the culmination of vast musical influences to create an experience that is equal parts unique, fresh, and accessible to all listeners. Drawing from acts like John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, the Civil Wars, The Beatles, and many others, Redfield has focused particular attention to the importance of the song and strives to enhance their appeal through the use of flowing musical arrangements, compelling lyrics, and dynamic three-part vocal harmonies. [from Redfield biography]
“We met MER about 3 years ago,” says Brian Allison. “MER invited us to play a showcase at the Cubby Bear after seeing a video of ours from a WGN competition that we were in at the time. Since then, MER has been like a mentor to us as far as recommending changing the name of our band, advising on promotion, merchandise, and recording. We love playing Cubby Bear. This will be our 3rd showcase with MER. We really think it’s great what MER is doing for the local music scene. There’s no other showcase like it around.”
Listen to Above It All by Redfield on SoundCloud here and Color Of My Soul by Redfield on SoundCloud here.
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
MER’s Music Showcase presents
1059 West Addison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613
Doors: 8:00pm / Songwriters: 8:30pm