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The Words and Music Songwriter Showcase is a celebration of original music from Central New York and beyond, featuring established and emerging artists of all genres in an up-close-and-personal acoustic setting. Since its debut in January 2008, the series has featured such top talent as Rani Arbo, Peter Case, Joe Driscoll, Maura Kennedy, Mike Powell, John Cadley, Colin Aberdeen, Colleen Kattau, Dusty Pas’cal and Loren Barrigar, Ashley Cox, Bob Halligan Jr., Joe Crookston, Jamie Notarthomas, and Gary Frenay and Arty Lenin.


Coming Sept. 26: The Acoustic Guitar Project Concert

“One guitar. One week. One song.” That’s the tagline of the Acoustic Guitar Project, an international songwriting project that originated in New York City and has spread around the world. In each city, a guitar circulates from songwriter to songwriter, and each person has one week to write a song on that guitar and capture it on a handheld recorder.

Projects launched this year in 35 cities, from Buenos Aires to Boston, Havana to Hanoi, Minneapolis to Moscow, and São Paulo to Syracuse. The curator of the Syracuse project is Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, who invited some of the region’s best songwriters to participate, including Colin Aberdeen, Tim Burns, John Cadley, Dana “Short Order” Cooke, Ashley Cox, Gary Frenay, Colleen Kattau, Arty Lenin, and Wendy Ramsay. Preview their project songs here.

On September 26, all ten Central New York songwriters will gather for a special Folkus concert in which they will play their Acoustic Guitar Project songs on the project guitar, handmade in Maryland by Minor Bird Instruments and signed by all the artists. Jack O. Bocchino’s photos documenting the Syracuse project will also be on display. This event will be a unique celebration of original music in Central New York—and around the globe.

Friday, September 26, 8 pm

The Syracuse Acoustic Guitar Project Concert

May Memorial, 3800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse