unplugged. uncovered. unsung.
The Words and Music Songwriter Showcase, an intimate acoustic concert series hosted by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, is back—at a new venue, with a new format including an open-mic songwriter spotlight and a stellar lineup of regional and touring artists.
See below for details on the songwriter open mic.
Winner of the Best Duo contest at FreshGrass, The Page Turners began their story as students at Berklee’s American Roots Music program, playing together with a mutual admiration for musical authenticity and adventure. Now based in Austin, Texas, and touring nationally, the duo (Jake Howard and Carolyn Kendrick) writes sharp and adept original music and puts new twists on old favorites, blending their love of bluegrass, old-time, country, swing, jazz, and fearless songwriting into one all-purpose seasoning of roots music.
The Page Turners harness the best and deepest parts of bluegrass and old-time sounds as their own unique springboard for some wonderful new music. I love what Carolyn and Jake are doing and can’t wait to hear more!
Series host Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, teams up with multi-instrumentalist Wendy Sassafras Ramsay in the dynamic acoustic duo known as Pepper and Sassafras. Rodgers delivers masterful band-in-a-box guitar work while Ramsay, harmonizer extraordinaire, adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix.
About the venue
Seneca Street Brew Pub, in the village of Manlius, New York, specializes in New York craft beers and local ingredients. The Words and Music shows are in the pub’s events room (upstairs next to the retail shop), an elegant and quiet space that’s ideal for an intimate acoustic concert.
Parking is available on Seneca Street and in a small lot behind the building. The pub offers a small menu of finger foods. If you’d like more substantial fare, you are welcome to bring take-out food into the concert room (pizza, Chinese, and more is available very close by).
Open-mic songwriter spotlight
Each Words and Music concert opens with a short open mic with four performance slots, each 12 minutes long—only original songs are allowed. The sign-up form is available here starting two weeks before the show until the slots are filled. Admission is free if you are performing, and you are welcome to sell your CDs and other merch. To allow room for other songwriters, open-mic performers must wait at least six months between appearances.
Thursday, August 23: Andrew VanNorstrand and Phil Grajko
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