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Adam Mackintosh and the Songwriter Showcase Review at Kavarna Green Bay, WI
August 20, 2009
I'm kind of happy and sad at the same time. Tonight we end Adam Mackintosh's regular hosting of the "Song Writer Showcase" at Kavarna on Broadway. Adam's influence on the community was truly felt on this night, the "Song Writer Showcase" held monthly downtown on Broadway Ave, lends a stage to area musicians that have come with songs to share. It is simple and minimal. Songwriters play three of their songs usually solo or accompanied by a musician or two. The music genre was primarily what I would call urban folk, a blend of traditional folk with ties to rock and alternative. For the past year Adam Mackintosh has been hosting, inspiring and mentoring local musicians at the Kavarna songwriter showcase and now he has moved the band to California. Adam Mackintosh's music is awesome; his album "The Gracious Living of Adam Mackintosh" (available on itunes) is one of the best recorded and most eccentric raw alternative albums; it has a playful dark side and lingering minor tones. A very creative and well thought out production and Adam's crystal clear vocals and raw emotion are sure to find a place in your imagination.
Tonight he was playing on an older Gibson acoustic with a more subdued energy than what is carried on his recorded albums. His tone was soft, his vocals brilliant, and the use of chords and solo work were just amazing. I arrived a little late, but the majority of what I saw at the show was the many talented musicians and Adams collaboration with them on the stage or on the PA mixing board. Locally known artists like Connor Sands of Midwestern Charm, Palmer Shah, Jana Holland, Marybeth Mattson, Pat MAcdonald and many others came out to share their songs and talent tonight. It was a great mix of styles and the musical talent was amazing. The sense of community at Kavarna was heartfelt and the influence that Adam has had on our music scene will continue to last and grow while he is out making his mark in California. Adam's jams with Pat MAcdonald during the encore and close of the night were so cool and in true songwriter fashion. A special thanks goes out to Kavarna owner and musician Alex Galt for giving music such a special place grow. You can catch Kavarna's food and music lineup on their website. To check out Adam Mackintosh's music go to his website and order his new album "Last Dancers" I hope they love him as much out in Cali as we do here! Come back soon!
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