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.
The Cadleys are one of the most popular acoustic bands in the Northeast. Following in the tradition of great male-female duets like George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons, John and Cathy show how two voices blended in seamless harmony can produce one powerful sound. Joining the duo for this show is first-call veteran bassist John Dancks, a member of the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame—who will also perform with Pepper and Sassafras.
Pepper and Sassafras is the dynamic acoustic duo of Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and multi-instrumentalist Wendy Sassafras Ramsay. 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. Pepper and Sassafras were finalists for Best Duo at FreshGrass and featured on public radio’s Folk Alley.
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.
Update: the open mic for 1/25/19 is full!
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).
Friday, April 19: Lara Herscovitch
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