Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s presents a concert with Central Ohio legends John Schwab, Donna Mogavero, and Charlie Bleak. Hosted by Eric Gnezda, this series features the finest regional and national singer-songwriters, from Grammy and Kerrville winners to the best emerging artists. They perform “in-the-round,” representing a wide range of styles.
JOHN SCHWAB is the founder of the legendary Columbus-based band, McGuffey Lane, whose hit, “Long Time Lovin’ You,” landed on the national charts and stayed at No. 1 in Ohio for 10 weeks. Still, if you ask him what he does for a living, he will probably say something like, "Hey, 40 years without a day job, not bad, huh?" What an understatement. John continues to be a mainstay of the music business in the region. He keeps his audiences happy with sold-out shows…songwriting… and recording. And still fronts one of the best party bands around. mcguffeylane.com
DONNA MOGAVERO is a four-time winner in The Greater Columbus Music Awards, bringing her audiences colorful reflections with a country beat, a folk song, a bluesy ballad, or straight up rock n roll. Taylor Guitars sponsored two of her national showcases, and she was one of the first artists to appear on the American Public Television series, Songs at the Center. Her album, Out of the Nest, was produced by Rob McNelly (Lady Antebellum, Bob Seger, The Judds). Her most recent album is LIVE, featuring just her acoustic guitar and vocals. donnamogaveromusic.com.
CHARLIE BLEAK, a native of Brooklyn, NY, planted his musical roots in Columbus from an early age, opening for the Turtles when he was still in high school. Many years later, his song, “Who's Gonna Help Me?” from the album Hoi Polloi, was included in the soundtrack of the 2015 feature film, Digging for Fire. His album, Let Me In, received airplay across the globe, earning a Billboard review that proclaimed, “Charlie B. has a fine sense of rock & roll.” He has performed with Roger McGuinn and opened for Janis Ian, Rosanne Cash, J. J. Cale and Kenny Rankin. youtube.com/CharlieBleak
Host ERIC GNEZDA is the creator of the American Public Television series, Songs at the Center, now syndicated to more than 265 stations coast-to-coast. A regular performer at Nashville’s famous venue for songwriters, The Bluebird Café, Eric was awarded the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition in 2006. His latest song release is “Separation,” a commentary on the state of affairs in America. gnezda.com