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Words and Music Songwriter Showcase

The Words and Music Songwriter Showcase is an intimate acoustic concert series hosted by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, featuring a stellar lineup of regional and touring artists.

May 10: Cliff Eberhardt and Louise Mosrie

With an open-mic songwriter spotlight featuring David Benjamin Goldman, Rob Orioli, Jim Shaffer, and Nadine Prince

Friday, May 10, 7 pm
Seneca Street Brew Pub,
315 E. Seneca Street, Manlius, NY
Suggested donation $15 to $20

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Cliff Eberhardt got his start in music in the '70s and '80s under the tutelage of mentors Tom Paxton, Odetta, and Richie Havens in Greenwich Village. His 1990 debut as a singer-songwriter, The Long Road, featured a duet with folk icon Richie Havens and the single “My Father’s Shoes,” which hit No. 1 on the Billboard AC charts. Eberhardt went on to produce eight more albums to critical success as well as accumulating over 30 song cuts by artists like Richie Havens, Shawn Colvin, Buffy St. Marie, Erasure, and Cry Cry Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, and Lucy Kaplansky).

Eberhardt has since begun an exciting foray into the world of theater. Shrew Songs—written and performed in the 2012 Folger Theatre’s production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, won two Helen Hayes awards and earned rave reviews from The Washington Post and others. His latest projects include a new play by Aaron Posner that will debut at the Getty Villa in Malibu, California, in summer 2019.

Eberhardt sings with passion and wit… What makes his brand so rare is the self-assurance and poise he brings to his nearly flawless show.

The New York Post

Louise Mosrie grew up in McEwen, Tennessee, on a cattle farm, riding horses and writing poetry. Her songs are a mix of bluegrass, country, and folk, weaving in lush stories about southern life—she was even introduced once as “William Faulkner with a guitar”—and have earned her top awards at festivals such as Kerrville, Telluride Bluegrass, and Falcon Ridge.

On her latest album, Lay It Down, she collaborated with folk-rock songwriter/producer Cliff Eberhardt, who envisioned that minimalist arrangements and restrained production would allow the emotional songs and Mosrie’s voice to shine.

Louise Mosrie may well be the brightest young folk-oriented artist to emerge from Nashville in many a year.

Rich Warren, WFMT-FM, The Midnight Special, Chicago

Series host Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers is a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, and author of The Complete Singer-Songwriter.

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 for 5/10/19: The open mic is full! Please check back two weeks before the next show.

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).

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Copyright 2019 Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers