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VIDEO: Local Singer-Songwriters Playing Mexicali Showcase

Performer Jay Everett wrote us a song urging folks to head to Mexicali Live in Teaneck on Sunday to catch him, Darrin Bradbury, Dan Scarpa and Andrew Nieporent perform

Several Bergen County-based musicians will be stripping the band and flying solo on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Darrin Bradbury, Jay Everett, Dan Scarpa and "The Mayor of East Ridgewood Avenue," Andrew Nieporent, are the four acts booked for the Singer-Songwriter Showcase at Mexicali Live in Teaneck.

"You get four acts of music and hopefully a wonderful time," says Everett, the 24-year-old Fair Lawn resident and creative force behind The Jay Everett Band. "I know it's going to be a great atmosphere. Andrew has probably sold tickets to half of Ridgewood by now," he laughs.

Nieporent is perhaps best known as the affable, friendly organizer behind the Open Mic nights, but he's also a performer in his own right.

"One of the great things about this show is we get to feature Andrew as his own performer," says Everett. "A lot of the times when he's here at the Open Mic Night and that puts him in a different role than as a performer, it's more of an administrator's role. He does so much for all the people that play music, it's nice to have him on the bill so he can be a performer in his own right."

Nieporent, a Ramapo College alum, is the prototypical singer-songwriter, Everett says. "Andrew is as folk as you get. He's writing the stories of life as we go through it. He's also the only person of this group for the last portion of his musical career that has focused on being a solo act."

Scarpa, also a Ramapo grad who hails from Oak Ridge, and Bradbury, a Ridgewood resident, are best known for their work in Big Wilson River, a rock band blending elements of folk and country with an aggressive streak. 

"With Darrin's solo stuff, he's a great singer-songwriter," Everett says. "He tells great stories, has great images." Bandmate Scarpa, who plays keyboards in BWR, has wide range of ideas and musical movements. "He's kind of all over the place but that's what's interesting – you never know what he's going to sing about, what topic. There's nothing off limits it seems."

Everett, who says the mission behind his five-piece band is to "befriend the whole world," will be able to showcase some works that are underserved in the band format.

"I think differently than the other acts, I tend to write songs that are more song structured," he says. "I think I focus as much or more on the melodic lines that are maybe not as strong in terms of storytelling but with strong hooks and lyrics."

It's a diverse group that will work together. We all have a large degree of mutual respect for each other, so you can't beat that." 

And who knows, maybe Everett will make a few more friends on Sunday.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 and doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

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