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.

Join us for the kick-off concert on January 26.

Words and Music Songwriter Showcase Jan. 2018

Friday, January 26, 7 pm
Seneca Street Brew Pub, 315 E. Seneca Street, Manlius, NY
Suggested donation $10 to $15
Buy advance tickets / Invite friends on Facebook
See below for details about the venue and sign-ups for the open-mic songwriter spotlight.

This special collaborative show features two dynamic songwriting duos performing separately and together. Austin MacRae, from Ithaca,  is a Sammy winner for best folk and a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist. His latest album, Keeper, features the graceful guitar work of John Sonntag, from New Jersey, an award-winning songwriter in his own right.

Wendy Sassafras Ramsay is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, clarinet, flute, accordion) and singer known for her quirky folk-rock songwriting. She performs with series host Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, as Pepper and Sassafras.

Sample the music on Spotify.

Opening the show are Melissa Grace Clark, Jim Shaffer, Joan Burch, and Bryan Dickenson.

About the venue

Seneca Street Brew Pub is a new gathering place in the village of Manlius, New York, that specializes in New York craft beers and local ingredients. The Words and Music shows are in the pub’s events room (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 50-minute songwriter spotlight. There are 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, spotlight performers must wait at least six months between appearances.

January 26 showcase update: All slots are full. Please check back two weeks before the next show. Thank you!

Coming next

Friday, March 23: Donna Dennihy and Jon Peterson of Edgy Folk

Thursday, April 12: Martin Swinger and Maria Gillard

Friday, May 11: Amy Soucy and Colleen Kattau

Stay tuned

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Thank you,
JPR