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Featured Artist - Jack Van Cleaf

The Showcase Open Mic Firenze
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What a gift it was the night Jack Van Cleaf strolled into The Showcase and signed up to play. As he started singing his heartfelt and exquisitely written tunes, the room went silent as all were captivated. We are very happy to have him as our Featured Artist.

Jack is an American singer/songwriter based out of Nashville, Tennessee, currently studying in Florence for the semester. He draws influence from modern folk artists such as Gregory Alan Isakov and Nathaniel Rateliff, focusing on lyrics that communicate honest emotional experience and storytelling. Singing about all the good, sad, and mysterious stuff— friendship, travel, getting lost—Jack finds a home in being able to share his experiences through song. You can connect with Jack via Facebook to stay up to date with his upcoming shows and releases.

Florence is filled with creative and talented performers and The Showcase at Il Toscanaccio is designed to give them a unique and special stage. Every Tuesday, The Showcase is hosted by Florence singer-songwriter Patti DeRosa and presents the original works (and original interpretations) of musicians and writers. The open mike begins at 9:00pm and performers can sign up (usually 3 songs), but each week also includes a “Featured Artist”, (a local or touring musician or writer), who performs a 30 minute showcase. After the Featured Artist, the open mike resumes.

Open mikers are asked to please bring their own instrument if possible but an acoustic "house" guitar is available. This event is free but a basket for donations is passed after the Featured Artist's set as a small way to say thank you for their performance.

All creative spirits are invited to come and share their material, or just listen, in this intimate, cozy setting. Tutti sono benvenuti!

Jan. 16 – Open mike-No Feature
Jan. 23 – Fabio Balzano
Jan. 30 – Roberto Vitale and Massimiliano Usai
Feb. 6 – Open mike-No Feature (Guest host: David Scott)
Feb. 13 – Friday Eghosa e Starzy
Feb 20 – Martina Magionami
Feb. 27 – Alberto Lovisi
Mar. 6 – Irene Montagnami
Mar. 13 – David Scott
Mar. 20 – No Showcase
Mar. 27 – Stefano Naldi
Apr. 3 – Greg Klyma
Apr. 10 – Jack Van Cleaf
Apr. 17 – Sveta Outsider
Apr. 24 – Scott Ainslie
May 1 – Lee Foust
May 8 - Giampiere Erre
May 15 – Rito Pagano
May 22 – Damiano Balsamo
May 29 – Elisa Genghini
June 5- Stefano Dentone e Antonio Ghezzani (Livorno)
June 12 – Francesco Giubasso
June 19 - TBA
June 26 - TBA