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Branch Street Deli
Megan Steinke shows "Another Side" - 6:00-8:30pm
203 East Branch
Arroyo Grande (Village), CA 93420
(805) 489-9099 [map]
Price: Free!

Megan SteinkeMegan is a versatile musician and fourth year Graphic Communication student at Cal Poly. She's a multiple award-winner in our song contest, and is a frequent guest performer on our showcases. Her music reflects the jazzy influence of Norah Jones, the acoustic style of Regina Spektor, and the light-hearted tunes of Jack Johnson. She recently released an album called "Another Side". Sample some tracks at http://www.megansteinke.com/

 

Special guests include Kirsten Maxwell, Kate Copeland, Douglas Romayne, and Jeanne Haegele.

 

Showcase runs 6:00-8:30pm at Branch Street Deli, 203 E Branch St., Arroyo Grande. (805) 489-9099. The showcase includes one featured act, playing a 45-minute set to close out the show, and others playing 4-song sets. We pass the tip jar during the featured set, otherwise no cover. All ages are welcome.

Australia's Rick Price - 6:30-8:30pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Rick PriceAustralian singer-songwriter Rick Price has forged an internationally praised career over three decades. He's toured with long time friend Tommy Emmanuel, and lives in Nashville, where he recorded his most recent album "Tennessee Sky". It's recording of gospel, soul and roots music. Here's a sample: https://youtu.be/PlF9zE_blZI

 

In the 90’s very few southern hemisphere radio stations would go a day without a Rick Price song from his broad repertoire of eight albums. Price received the prestigious APRA Song Of The Year award for his song “Heaven Knows” and the Export Music Australia award for his outstanding achievements abroad. Learn more at https://www.rickprice.com/

 

Show begins 6:30pm at Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay. No cover, 21+

Rick Price Sings Gospel-Soul Originals - 1-4pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [map]
Price: Free!

Rick PriceAustralian singer-songwriter Rick Price has forged an internationally praised career over three decades. He's toured with long time friend Tommy Emmanuel, and lives in Nashville, where he recorded his most recent album "Tennessee Sky". It's recording of gospel, soul and roots music. Here's a sample: https://youtu.be/PlF9zE_blZI

 

In the 90’s very few southern hemisphere radio stations would go a day without a Rick Price song from his broad repertoire of eight albums. Price received the prestigious APRA Song Of The Year award for his song “Heaven Knows” and the Export Music Australia award for his outstanding achievements abroad. Learn more at https://www.rickprice.com/

 

Special guests include Josh Rosenblum, Bill Dempsey, Paul Welch, and Paul Kaspian.

 

Songwriters At Play holds showcases every Sunday, 1-4 pm at Sculpterra Winery, 5015 Linne Road, Paso Robles, 805-226-8881. The showcase includes one featured act, playing a 45-minute set, and others playing 4-song sets. We pass the tip jar during the featured set, otherwise no cover. All ages are welcome.

Folk-rocker Dirk Hamilton Featured - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Dirk HamiltonA poet and musician known for his uniquely intelligent lyrics and passionate performance style, Dirk Hamilton creates music that can't be pigeon-holed into one genre or another, so indie rock, alt- rock, roots music, americana and folk-rock are often used. He is most often compared to Dylan, Van Morrison, and John Hiatt. He was a major label recording artist in the late '70s, making four critically acclaimed albums: two for ABC Records, and two on Elektra/Asylum. Says Mix magazine: "Hamilton is every bit the poetic everyman he was three decades ago, still trying to figure out his way through this crazy world, raging against dishonesty and injustice, reveling in the transcendence of great little moments, looking for love in friends and family." http://dirkhamilton.com

 

Special guests include Jim Conroy, Cassi Nicholls, Bill Dempsey, and Miss Valeri Lopez.

 

Showcases are Mondays 6:30-9pm at Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, (805) 772-8388. The showcase includes one featured act, playing a 45-minute set to close out the night, and others playing 4-song sets. No cover charge, but we pass the tip bucket for the featured act. 21 & Over Only.

Branch Street Deli
Introducing Miss Valeri Lopez - 6:00-8:30pm
203 East Branch
Arroyo Grande (Village), CA 93420
(805) 489-9099 [map]
Price: Free!

Miss Valeri LopezMiss Valeri Lopez is a singer-songwriter who grew up in Los Angeles and got her start performing original tunes in notable Hollywood venues like The Whiskey A Go Go, The Hotel Cafe, and The House of Blues. She's lived in Portland and Seattle, and also in Florence, Italy; always performing, writing and recording. The voice of Miss Lopez is sweet and expressive, bold and delicious with a sincerity that makes you feel unexpectedly connected to her songs. Her lyrical style, refreshing and genuine speaking straight into the heart, fits just right with her memorable pop melodies accompanied by jazz-influenced harmonies. More at https://www.valerilopez.com/

 

Special guests include Izzy Pedego, Sarah Biklen, and Bill Dempsey.

 

Showcase runs 6:00-8:30pm at Branch Street Deli, 203 E Branch St., Arroyo Grande. (805) 489-9099. The showcase includes one featured act, playing a 45-minute set to close out the show, and others playing 4-song sets. We pass the tip jar during the featured set, otherwise no cover. All ages are welcome.

You betcha! Cassie Boettcher Headlines - 1-4pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [map]
Price: Free!

Cassie BoettcherCassie Boettcher (pronounced bet-cher, as in bet your bottom dollar) is a Milwaukee born Americana singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. With her Kacey Musgraves meets Alison Krauss voice and unique lyrical phrasings, her music has been praised by industry professionals and fans across the world. Sample her songs at http://www.cassieboettcher.com/music.html

 

Special guests include Russell Brutsche.

 

Songwriters At Play holds showcases every Sunday, 1-4 pm at Sculpterra Winery, 5015 Linne Road, Paso Robles, 805-226-8881. The showcase includes one featured act, playing a 45-minute set, and others playing 4-song sets. We pass the tip jar during the featured set, otherwise no cover. All ages are welcome.

Award winners Mark Hanson & Greta Pedersen - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Mark Hanson & Greta PedersenGrammy-winning guitarist Mark Hanson and National Artist-of-the-Year vocalist Greta Pedersen create a memorable mix of playful jazz, Americana, originals and eclectic pop, highlighted by blazing fingerpicking and soulful vocals. Their duo instrumentation includes acoustic guitars, ukuleles, vocals and percussion. They played for President Obama in San Francisco in 2009, and have shared the stage with Jerry Garcia, Tommy Emmanuel, John Renbourn, and many other greats in the acoustic guitar world. Mark won a "Best Pop Instrumental” Grammy in 2005 for his contributions to the "Henry Mancini-Pink Guitar" CD. Greta was Young Audiences’ National Artist of the Year in 2009. More info: http://www.accentonmusic.com/markandgreta.html

 

Special guests include Jennifer Martin, Russell Brutsche, Carolyn Birch, Cassi Nicholls.

 

Showcases are Mondays 6:30-9pm at Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, (805) 772-8388. The showcase includes one featured act, playing a 45-minute set to close out the night, and others playing 4-song sets. No cover charge, but we pass the tip bucket for the featured act. 21 & Over Only.

Song Contest Season Two Wraps Up - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

trophiesMay is the last of our 10-month song contest at Morro Bay Wine Seller. Three judges award prizes for Best Song, Best Performance, and Best Overall. Each contestant does 2 original songs. It's free to attend; contestants pay $5 entry fee, but that includes a glass of wine, beer or soft drink, and the entry fee goes toward the $500 grand prize in the June 2019 finals.

 

Our prizes are sponsored by Painted Sky Recording Studio (Best Overall), JP Maddex Voice Lessons (Best Performance), and Brett Perkins of the Listening Room International Songwriting Retreats (Best Song).

 

The contest runs 6:30-9pm at Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, (805) 772-8388. No cover charge. 21 & Over Only. Winners of the monthly Best Overall prize will be invited to compete for the $500 grand prize in the finals on June 4, 2019.

Branch Street Deli
Touring trio Fort Vine bring harmonies - 6:00-8:30pm
203 East Branch
Arroyo Grande (Village), CA 93420
(805) 489-9099 [map]
Price: Free!

Fort VineFort Vine is an indie-folk-rock band named after a secret tree fort in Manhattan, built by songwriting duo, Trevor Tunison and Nyna Nelson (pictured above). Fort Vine is currently touring the USA as a trio with lead guitarist and third-part-harmony vocalist, Kenny Johnson. Their feel-good music embraces every audience with open arms as their strong harmonies resonate with meaningful poetry and happy grooves. Fort Vine has been named one of NYC's best unsigned bands by the New York Observer. Their single, Key to Love, was featured in Origins: Transworld Snowboarding film and Apple's Solar Eclipse campaign on Instagram. Their first album, One in the Same, was voted to be pressed to vinyl by Feedbands' subscribers and distributed world-wide. Their new album, Stay Magical, garnered over 30,000 plays on Spotify within the first week of its release. https://www.fortvine.com/

 

Special guests include Izzy Pedego.

 

Showcase runs 6:00-8:30pm at Branch Street Deli, 203 E Branch St., Arroyo Grande. (805) 489-9099. The showcase includes one featured act, playing a 45-minute set to close out the show, and others playing 4-song sets. We pass the tip jar during the featured set, otherwise no cover. All ages are welcome.

Fort Vine brings harmonies to Paso - 1-4pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [map]
Price: Free!

Fort VineFort Vine is an indie-folk-rock band named after a secret tree fort in Manhattan, built by songwriting duo, Trevor Tunison and Nyna Nelson (pictured above). Fort Vine is currently touring the USA as a trio with lead guitarist and third-part-harmony vocalist, Kenny Johnson. Their feel-good music embraces every audience with open arms as their strong harmonies resonate with meaningful poetry and happy grooves. Fort Vine has been named one of NYC's best unsigned bands by the New York Observer. Their single, Key to Love, was featured in Origins: Transworld Snowboarding film and Apple's Solar Eclipse campaign on Instagram. Their first album, One in the Same, was voted to be pressed to vinyl by Feedbands' subscribers and distributed world-wide. Their new album, Stay Magical, garnered over 30,000 plays on Spotify within the first week of its release. https://www.fortvine.com/

 

Special guests include Mario Rojas.

 

Songwriters At Play holds showcases every Sunday, 1-4 pm at Sculpterra Winery, 5015 Linne Road, Paso Robles, 805-226-8881. The showcase includes one featured act, playing a 45-minute set, and others playing 4-song sets. We pass the tip jar during the featured set, otherwise no cover. All ages are welcome.

Vermont's Bow Thayer Returns to Central Coast - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Bow ThayerBow Thayer made a name for himself in Boston with 7 League Boots, a rock-reggae band that shared the stage with the likes of Fugazi, The Mighty Might Bosstones, and Pearl Jam. Fifteen years ago he made a life-altering decision to leave the city for the Green Mountains of Vermont. It was there that he explored the Delta blues playing slide guitar for the original Elbow and began a relationship with the banjo—both in the bluegrass group, The Benders, and on his own—that continues to this day. Finally gaining national recognition, American Songwriter says this "onetime Levon Helm compatriot is the best artist to come from New England in recent years." https://www.bowthayer.com

 

Special guests include Mario Rojas, Craig McNichols, and Sincerely, Allison.


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Showcases are Mondays 6:30-9pm at Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, (805) 772-8388. The showcase includes one featured act, playing a 45-minute set to close out the night, and others playing 4-song sets. No cover charge, but we pass the tip bucket for the featured act. 21 & Over Only.

Tribute to Judy Collins in Morro Bay - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: $10

Judy CollinsLegendary folksinger and pop vocalist Judy Collins turns 80 in May, so we'll celebrate with an evening of songs from her discography. We'll have some of her original songs in the show, along with traditional folk tunes, and ballads by Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles and Stephen Sondheim. Sing along to Cook With Honey, Who Knows Where The Time Goes, Both Sides Now, Someday Soon, and many more. Performers include Sherell Jane, Ann-Marita, Cassi Nicholls, Donna Phillips, Jeanne Newhall, Elizabeth Etta, Craig Louis Dingman, Steve Key, and Bob & Wendy.

 

Show begins at 6:30pm. Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, (805) 772-8388. 21 & Over Only. $10 general admission. Buy your tickets in advance and we will reserve your seats! https://my805tix.com/events/tribute-to-judy-collins

Branch Street Deli
Blues guitarist Luis Oliart Back in Town - 6:00-8:30pm
203 East Branch
Arroyo Grande (Village), CA 93420
(805) 489-9099 [map]
Price: Free!

Luis OliartL.A.-based soulful rock and blues musician Luis Oliart returns to our showcase with a new CD, Love Remains the Same. His sound is rooted in blues tradition, with a little Spanish flavor thrown in as a nod to his Southern California upbringing. Luis has toured the world and played many of our events as well. He often brings several guitars, to demonstrate many styles, from flamenco to classical and bottleneck slide. Preview his music at https://www.reverbnation.com/luisoliart

 

Special guests include Launnie Ginn, Scott Erdiakoff, Cliff Stepp, and Craig Louis Dingman.

 

Showcase runs 6:00-8:30pm at Branch Street Deli, 203 E Branch St., Arroyo Grande. (805) 489-9099. The showcase includes one featured act, playing a 45-minute set to close out the show, and others playing 4-song sets. We pass the tip jar during the featured set, otherwise no cover. All ages are welcome.

 

In Concert! Australia's Adam Miller - 6:30-8:30pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: $10

Adam MillerSongwriters At Play presents an intimate concert with Australian Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Adam Miller. His inclusion of complex rhythms and dissonant haunting phrases, combined with breathtaking riffs and melodies are his signature. His jazz influenced style with finger-picking mastery creates a improvisation filled live performance that is beautifully unpredictable.

 

"Approaching his guitar as if each of its six strings were a separate instrument, fingerstyle guitarist Adam Miller is a groove machine, creating a sound that invites comparisons to Tuck Andress and Charlie Hunter" - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

 

"It takes an impossibly gifted player to improvise independent melodies, harmonies, and bass lines all at the same time - while maintaining an impeccable groove. Australia’s Adam Miller is one such rare phenomenon" - Premier Guitar Magazine

 

http://www.adammiller.com.au

 

Show begins 6:30pm at Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, (805) 772-8388. $10 general admission. Buy your tickets in advance and we will reserve your seats! https://my805tix.com/events/australias-adam-miller-in-concert

Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival
Come see us at the AG Strawberry Fest - 10am-5pm
Branch Street, next to Jaffa
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
United States
(805) 473-2250 [map]
Price: Free!

It's the fourth year of Songwriters at Play hosting a stage of the Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival. We return to Conrad’s Porch stage, next to Jaffa Cafe (across the street from Branch Street Deli). Music runs from 10am-5pm on Sat. May 25. Here's the lineup:

 

10am-noon Sherell Jane (Folk-Rock Singer-Guitarist)Sherell Jane
South County's own Sherell (say shu-RELL) Jane writes songs inspired by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, and Eminem. Some listeners compare her with Tracy Chapman and Joan Armatrading, for the folk-rock sound of her solo acoustic sets. Graduate of Berklee College of Music where she studied Music Business and Technology, and formerly from the Central Valley alt. rock band, Jane and the Hooligans, Sherell Jane will be featured on Wed. May 29 on the Songwriters at Play showcase at Branch Street Deli. https://www.sherelljane.com

 

Josh Rosenblum12:30-2:30pm Josh Rosenblum, Modesto native now based in the L.A. area, is known for his fluid jazz-rock guitar chops and passionate vocals. For more than eight years, he's played music all over the state, both solo and with his band. His roots are in jazz, evolving into acoustic pop originals. Preview his music at http://www.joshrosenblumband.com/music.html

 

3-5pm Amber & Smoke (Folk 'n Soul Duo)Amber & Smoke
Vocalist Amber Olive and singer-guitarist Bill Rotella are frequent performers on the Central Coast, touring from their base in Ventura County. Says the VC Reporter: “Imagine Tina Turner fronts The Eagles….good original songs…there’s a definite buzz about Amber & Smoke”. Learn more at https://www.amberandsmokemusic.com

 

The festival is free and open to all. It's a popular event, attended by tens of thousands, so plan ahead for parking. Call (805) 473-2250, or go to www.arroyograndevillage.org

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