Every musician casts their gaze through the lenses of their inherent space. The Underground’s thus showcased a variety of “grinders,” some established high flyers, and of course, your singer-song writers. However, we’ve never showcased an act so dedicated to reinventing the songs through which America’s greatness was written.
Give Bill Gottshall credit for having top shelf musical taste. That’s not to say the man doesn’t love some good driving rock (as you’ll surely here in his ‘Story Songs’ night on May 11th). To be certain, Gottshall is a bit of a musical omnivore. However, after spending a few minutes with Gottshall, who doubles as a local educator by day, you gain a wholesale appreciation for genres and artistic styles not typically attributed to modern pop culture.
Gottshall started out life at the Berklee College of Music, where he gained deep appreciation for jazz. Hence, it was this Bill Gottshall that lured legendary jazz drummer Tommy Campbell back to his home region for a rare Philly area performance for the first time in 35 years (right here, at the Underground)!
Gottshall got his start at small time cabarets, where he wrote scores to shows for talented vocalists and actors. At that stage, pun intended, Gottshall honed his craft, skillfully writing music that would carry a story, while at the same time adapting to the needs of his performers.
Gottshall’s dedication to the story, performing actual stories that is, will be tested in its entirety as he brings an stellar line up of musicians to the Underground for his ‘Songs of the American Century’ shows. These shows feature Beth Reid, notable front woman of local favorites RGM Project, John Moran at drums, Michael Etkins on bass, Ed Etkins and Andrew Neu on sax, and Peter Neu and Lloyd Debonis rounding out the brass section on trumpet.
Look for Gottshall to perform hits from the Gershwin Brothers’, the Hollywood screen, and even the opera house, including timeless standards made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holliday, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, and Mel Torme. In his own words, “Songs of the American Century will showcase the music which made our country world famous.”
For more information, check out our Facebook event post. Tickets are available online and at the door. Doors open thirty minutes prior to the show. Saturday shows start at 7pm and 9pm, Sunday’s show starts at 5pm.