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.
Plus an open-mic songwriter spotlight—see details below
Loren Barrigar started playing guitar when he was only four years old, and by the time he was six, he played the Chet Atkins hit “Yackety Axe” in front of thousands of country music fans at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. He went on to study with Jimmy Atkins (Chet’s brother), which led to a touring career with his family band from Nashville to Las Vegas. His finely honed songwriting skills have launched his melodies on NBC’s ER, The Young and the Restless, and on a Christmas CD with BB King and Patti Labelle. In addition to solo concerts, he performs internationally with Mark Mazengarb in the guitar duo Loren and Mark. For this show, Barrigar will perform his originals, both vocal and instrumental.
Lara Herscovitch is a gem of a modern American troubadour. Her highly original contemporary folk is spiced with blues, pop, and jazz influences. Based in Connecticut, Herscovitch writes, sings, and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor, and heart. Sound Waves Magazine described her mastery as “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… It’s good for your ears and your soul.” This craftsmanship travels on a voice that Performer Magazine called “clear and smooth like expensive liquor,” and is accompanied by guitar infused with her skill as a percussionist.
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.
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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