Steve Hartmann - Live from The Underground
The Live from the Underground (LFTU) performance series continues this Thursday with singer-songwriter Steve Hartmann from Jericho, Vermont. The 6pm live performance on Thursday, February 18th will be livestreamed digitally on Facebook and followed by an interview with LFTU co-host Jamie Gage.
A self-taught guitarist and classically trained pianist, Steve Hartmann has been passionate about music his entire life. While still in his teens living in the Philadelphia area, Steve started the journey of finding his "sound" when he met his best friend and bassist, Drew Breder, with whom he started a band called Simon and released a debut EP; a live recording on cassette tape entitled “Live ’97”.
Shortly thereafter and while still in his 20s, Steve attended the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he met and was taught by the incomparable Livingston Taylor, who said of Steve’s sound: “I was blown away…speechless.” While Steve was still at Berklee, Simon released their only full-length CD “Sweet Angel” and successfully toured in the Boston, NYC, and Philadelphia markets for four years before Steve went on his own as a soloist. Moving to Vermont, Steve quickly made an impression on the music scene in the Green Mountains, winning the Advance Music Singer-Songwriter Contest and Vermont’s Original Music Competition for his first solo studio album, “Waking Up the Echoes” in 2012.
Having opened for major label acts like Bryan Adams, Train, and Dispatch to independent acts like Jeffrey Gaines, Chris Carrabba (of Dashboard Confessional), and Reeve Carney, Steve's dynamic vocal range and engaging stage presence have drawn comparisons to Dave Matthews and Damien Rice.
Thursday's performance will be a ticketed event with 50% of the proceeds going to the artist and 10% to Chandler Center for the Arts.