Join us for Todd Kessler Presents: Songwriters in the Round at Hey Nonny! Hosted by Todd Kessler, this monthly event features a different group of singer-songwriters for each performance. Join the circle and get an up close and personal musical experience.
February includes Todd’s featured artist Althea Grace with Elle Casazza and Kenny Lyonswright.
Althea Grace’s music can best be described as in-your-face indie blues with heavy doses of jazz, funk, and rock featuring her powerful, soulful voice and guitar skills to match. Althea has been playing top festivals and venues in Chicago, The Midwest, and beyond for the last five years, including opening for Arc Angel’s own Doyle Bramhall II on tour late last year. In 2012, Althea won the McHenry County junior talent contest and has been featured numerous times in regional newspapers, radio, and TV outlets. Althea has opened for American Idol finalist Bucky Covington and on many occasions with the multi-Grammy-winning band Los Lobos. When she’s not rocking her solo career, she’s in the studio writing for artists like Doyle Bramhall; most recent writing credit being Doyle’s song “Everything You Need” featuring Eric Clapton.
Elle Casazza diversifies the pop scene with her own refreshing and authentic blend of jazz, soul, funk and pop rhythms that are seamlessly crafted into her songs. Elle’s commanding vocals, defying songwriting and versatile approach produces infectious and timeless music that garners fans worldwide.
Kenny Lyonswright is a born-and-raised Wisconsin boy now living in Chicago, IL! He grew up playing violin before switching to voice lessons, and bass guitar, in high school–guitar quickly followed, as he wanted to start songleading at summer camp and at synagogue. He went on to study voice at UW-Madison and got his Bachelor of Music degree. While in college, he sang and played in a variety of choirs, jazz ensembles, and small bands that played house parties and corporate events.
Kenny moved to Chicago in 2016 to oversee all things music at Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Wilmette, IL. He lives in the city with my wife, Annie, where they enjoy spending as much time as possible at the lake!
Calling Todd Kessler a singer/songwriter simply wouldn’t do him justice. The rising folk-rock star is the consummate storyteller, with a remarkable ability to take listeners on a winding, wonderful, and introspective journey through the depths of the human experience.