Tickets $6 adv/$8 door
The NC Songsmith Showcase, hosted by Bob Funck, will highlight the rich songwriting tradition in the Triangle area for one intimate evening at the Casbah on Sept. 14, 2013. Bob will kick off a stacked bill featuring local favorites Django Haskins, Tom Maxwell, and Duncan Webster. The show is intended for the serious listener, so expect the artists to feed off of the crowd and each other, reaching into their extensive song vaults to perform some of the very best original music around, solo style.
Described variously as “an intersection of Randy Newman’s gruff flamboyance, Nick Cave’s gothic élan and Leonard Cohen’s pithy wisdom” and “a pop stylist, with a quick lyrical wit and a card shark’s finesse in delivering a hook”, Durham, NC based songwriter and author Django Haskins makes mongrel American music. Django has recorded nine albums of his songs and has had his music featured in many indie and major films and TV. His music has received rave reviews in Pitchfork, Billboard, CMJ, and his mother’s letters, but it’s in the live shows where the music really comes alive, thanks to good old-fashioned showmanship and grit.
Tom Maxwell was a front man for the Squirrel Nut Zippers and author of their top-20 hit “Hell.” Songs he wrote for the Zippers have appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, a Super Bowl commercial, and a Tony Award-winning Broadway soundtrack. To date the Zippers catalog has sold close to 3 million copies. “Maxwell is a twisted musical fiend, an utterly enigmatic performer who’s just as comfortable playing swing as he is cranking out calypso, country and, uh, Chinese opera?” Sean Daly, Jazz Times
Duncan Webster has performed for years as the charismatic frontman and bassist for Durham, NC based Hammer No More The Fingers, and more recently in side project Prypyat. There is no neatly packaged description for Hammer’s sound. You could shoehorn them into a 90s indie rock revival thing, but it’s a little like putting a squid in a sweater. “The hooks and harmonies of Hammer No More the Fingers are one thing, but the way the trio writhes around crazy chords and builds from inventive bridges to addictive choruses puts them alongside Oxford Collapse or No Age – that is, in the upper echelon of young, essential indie rock.” -Grayson Currin
Bob Funck delivers a rhythmic, percussive, americana-influenced acoustic rock like a hard luck angel casting into the swamp of the wayward, penetrating the soul with irresistible hooks, then reeling in with deft lyricism and the brute force of an unabashedly visceral release of emotion. Performing as a solo artist and leader of The Bob Funck Band, Bob has steadily established himself as a fixture in the Triangle NC music scene as a highly regarded songsmith by his peers and fans alike.