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 open-mic portion of the show.
Amy Soucy is a Beacon, New York-based contemporary folk chanteuse who writes evocative songs exploring the kaleidoscope of human experience and sings them in a voice that’s been called “powerful,” “comforting,” and “angelic.” In 2016, she was selected for a coveted spot in the Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and took home first prize in the CT Folk Songwriting Competition.
Colleen Kattau combines the melodic and vocal gifts of artists like Joni Mitchell with the fearless lyrical punch of the best topical songwriters. She seamlessly incorporates Latin influences into her songs for a unique and satisfying sound while wowing audiences with her energy and spirit. Her latest album, So Much Going On, was a 2015 Sammy nominee.
Series host Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers is a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine.
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 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.
Friday, June 15: Phil Henry Acoustic Trio
Wednesday, July 11: The Page Turners
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