Nick Venturella

Nick Venturella

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If you were putting artists in a blender to get the mix that is my sound the recipe may look a bit like this: Add some Dashboard Confessional, Willy Porter, Ryan Adams, Semisonic, John Mayer, a splash of Howie Day, Bright Eyes and The Refreshments for good measure.

Biography

Nick is a folk-rock/garage/pop singer-songwriter who delivers smart songs with simplistic savvy.

Nick has been writing and performing his music for a little over a decade. His music stems from personal experiences and observations of life, relationships and self-awareness.

Nick’s acceptance of various influences allows his sound to be versatile and forever evolving. Plus, with a loose personable performance style, often including impromtu live songwriting and a cheesy joke challenge, Venturella connects well with his audiences making each show a memorable one.

Originally from St. Louis, MO Venturella got his musical start in Waukesha, WI, later moved to Madison, WI, spent a recent stint in Milwaukee, WI, but now is back in Madison, WI (did you catch all that?). Nick performs throughout the upper Midwest at colleges, coffee shops, restaurants/bars, hotels, and private parties.

Music has afforded Nick Venturella the opportunity to open for and work with some other outstanding college market performers, including: Jason LaVasseur, Copeland, Catchpenny, Life in General, Fade 2 Shade, John Hermanson (of Alva Star and Storyhill) as well as local favorites: Mark Croft, Sean Michael Dargan and Ryan McIntyre (formerly of EXIT).

College radio, word-of-mouth (www.myspace.com/nickventurella) and “through the grapevine” fan distribution are growing a loyal following for this Midwestern D.I.Y. independent.

Here at Nick Venturella's Sonicbids page you have the opportunity to listen to a few full songs, enjoy, and be sure to contact Nick with any questions or to book a gig at your college.

Websites: (copy & paste into your web browser)
http://www.nickvmusic.net (official music site)
http://www.cafepress.com/nickvmusic (online store)
http://www.musicnv.weebly.com (musician marketing service site)
http://www.myspace.com/nickventurella (MySpace)

Short MySpace Video Clips: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.showvids&friendID=25201181&n=25201181&MyToken=bf305373-f9c0-4bbf-95fd-181d093c189e

Lyrics

Closer to Closure

Written By: Nick Venturella

I’m in search of what I cannot see
I want to believe it’s there waiting for me
I’m in search of what I cannot find
I want to believe I’m blind and it’s right in front of me

(pre-chorus)
And I’m closer to closure

(chorus)
This odyssey ain’t much more than a search for solace in my life
And I close my eyes to see if I can picture myself whole

I’m in search of what I want to be
I want to believe I’m on my way to becoming me
I’m in search of being free
I want to break these chains that haunt my dreams

(pre-chorus)

(chorus)

(bridge)
I felt so cheated
Of the one thing that I knew
Now all the colors are bleeding
Back into something true
You’ve got this hold on me no more

(chorus)
end

Everybody Knows

Written By: Nick Venturella

Sitting here at the coffee shop
I sit here thinking a lot
And I wonder what’s on your mind
Watching people passing by
I wonder what goes on in their lives
And I wonder what’s on your mind

(pre-chorus)
You’re feeling watched because I’m looking at you
My eyes say “hi” from across the room

(chorus)
Everybody knows the way I’m feeling
‘cause I wear my heart out on my sleeve
Catch a glimpse as I keep on reeling
Up and down and all around for everyone to see
I don’t care if anybody is teasing
Come closer and I’ll show what I mean

Highway signs like familiar friends
Remind me of places I’ve been
And I can’t wait to get back home
Another town another show
Meeting new folks as I go
But I can’t wait to get back home
And I wonder what’s on your mind

(pre-chorus)
I see you there in the front row
I’m glad to see you made it out to the show

(chorus)

(bridge)
Well I read your letters over and over
just to make me feel more at home

Sitting here at the coffee shop
I sit here thinking a lot
And I wonder what’s on your mind
Watching people passing by
I wonder what goes on in their lives
And I wonder what’s on your mind

(pre-chorus)
You’re feeling watched because I’m looking at you
My eyes say “hi” from across the room

(chorus)
end

Dust Me Off

Written By: Nick Venturella

The sun sets in the west
And I’m sinking in the east
Thinking ‘bout what you said
Thinking ‘bout the way it ought to be

(chorus)
I should have known that this wouldn’t last long
I should have known sooner or later you’d be gone
But now I have to pick myself up and dust me off

I’m looking towards the east
Now that I am in the west
My lack of direction
Is the only destination I know best

(chorus)
I should have known that this wouldn’t last long
sooner or later everything good is gonna be gone
But now I have to pick myself up and dust me off

(bridge)
Too many years have come and they have gone
These cuts you slice in me will only make me numb
And then I’ll pick myself up and dust me off

The sun sets in the west
But I will rise in the east
I’ve forgiven all the hateful things you’ve ever wished on me

(chorus)
I should have known that this wouldn’t last long
sooner or later everything good is gonna be gone
But at first I had to pick myself up and dust me off

end

Discography

Nick Venturella - Moments Vol. 1, 2009
Nick Venturella - Premium Blend (live album), 2007
Nick Venturella - SweetSonic, 2006
Nick Venturella - Linear Cycle of the Seasons, 2004
Nick Venturella - Closure, 2003
Nick Venturella - Voices of Home, 2001
Nick Venturella - Me, 2001 (EP)

Set List

up to two hours worth of original music plus...

COVERS:
Ants Marching, Dave Matthews Band
Stand By Me, Drifters
(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding
Shooting Star, Bad Company
Plush, Stone Temple Pilots
Watercolor, Willy Porter
Idaho, BoDeans
Good Things, BoDeans
Lullaby, Shawn Mullins
Why Georgia, John Mayer
Got You (Where I Want You), The Flys
Fight Test, Flaming Lips
DND, Semisonic
Down Together, The Refreshments
Don't Wanna Know, The Refreshments
Contraband, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
The Wind Cries Mary, Jimi Hendrix Experience
Bust-a-Move, Young MC

Additional Venues I've performed in:

Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
Granite City Food & Brewery, Madison, WI
Wine & Harvest Festival, Cedarburg, WI
The Java House, Cedarburg, WI
Vitense Golfland, Madison, WI
Ma-cha Teahouse+Gallery, Madison, WI
The Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI
The Brink Lounge, Madison, WI
The High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
The Annex, Madison, WI
Cafe Montmartre, Mad