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Music Lovers Unite for Showcase

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Photo credit: Provided by- Brent Drake

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Written by: Mikaela ConleyApril 06, 2017

Brent Drake has always been a music lover.

He used to sing in the church choir as a young boy.

He learned percussion to play in the middle school band.

And he continued on to attend Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla.

While at Full Sail, Drake said he learned a lot about studio recording and the tech side of music production, which inspired him to become a mixing engineer.

“This idea has only recently turned into a passion I’ll hold onto for the rest of my life,” Drake said via email. “I don’t anticipate producing the next Radiohead ‘In Rainbows,’ but I love the tech side of music creation. I sit for hours upon hours until my ears ring and my butt aches before giving up on a mix or recording session. I, strangely, love it.”

In May 2015, Drake turned his love for music and passion for producing into a business called Soirée.

“That’s the goal, to contribute something to the music scene here,” he said. “I think the biggest contribution to the music scene that I make would be that I can pay out to musicians, which further increases their project budget.”

Soirée helps with recordings, traveling for shows, financing new instruments, and promotion.

One of the opportunities Soiree has offered to musicians is a yearly showcase to help local musicians gain recognition.

Soirée is hosting an Acoustic Showcase from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. April 15 at One Lucky Guitar, 1301 Lafayette St. #201. The lineup includes Jared Andrews from The Meat Flowers, Jess Thrower from Either/Or, members of The Legendary Trainhoppers, Hales Corner and newcomer Nick Dutiel. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

Andrews has recently begun doing more solo shows. He said he uses prerecorded banter and bits between his songs to incorporate comedy into his sets. He describes this genre as “bedroom pop, host pop or cartoon rock.”

Andrews said the acoustic showcase will be interesting because none of the artists are too similar. In addition, his own set will be different than what people may be expecting at an acoustic show.

“The way that my solo shows have been lately are different than I’ve ever done so it will be new, but it will be like I do now solo,” Andrews said. “So it won’t just be me and an acoustic guitar. … Hopefully it will be something weird,  prerecorded beats and preset rhythms, old Casiotone stuff.”

Andrews will be showcasing songs that he writes himself. Many recurring themes appear in his songs: ghosts, cartoons, love, trash, Bed Bath and Beyond, shopping malls, food, life and death.

“(I get my ideas) just from everyday things, just walking around and being alive, paying attention to the little things … not trying to be too deep or too profound, observing,” he said.

Andrews also works at The Brass Rail and is a member of the duo Microwave Miracles and the new group The Trophy Club, so music is a constant in his life.

Both Andrews and Drake said they are excited about the venue of this showcase.

“(One Lucky Guitar) is just a really intimate spot. It feels like you’re playing a house show but in a really nice house,” Andrews said. “It’s just another place to play that’s a little different than like a bar setting.”

Drake added, “It’s very quaint, intimate and fitting for an event like this.”

Audience members can bring their own alcohol to the show  with valid I.D.

“That alone is something very unique and not available much anywhere else,” Drake said.