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Carbon City Lights Trio Featured - 1-4pm
1234 Monterey St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 548-8518 [map]
Price: Free!

Carbon City Lights TrioCarbon City Lights became one of the Central Coast's most popular bands in 2018. This year, they added the Live Oak Music Festival to their resume. Band founder Michael Venia moved to SLO from Toronto Canada in 2011. His original songs ring with influences of Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, and Pearl Jam. Videos of his alternative indie rock songs have topped the "most viewed" charts on YouTube, and have also aired on radio and TV shows. Today's featured set will be a trio version of Carbon City Lights -- Michael Venia, lead guitarist Bret Heenan, and cellist Bob Liepman. https://www.carboncitylights.com/music/

 

Special guests include Kris Simeon, Jake and the Broken Spokes, Casey Rodgers, and Bob & Wendy.

 

Showcase begins at 1pm, Monterey St. Market, 1234 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo 93401, (805) 548-8518. The showcase includes one featured act, playing a 45-minute set to close out the show, and others playing 4-song sets. No cover charge, but we pass the tip bucket for the featured act.

Katie Chappell Plays Her First Feature - 1-4pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [map]
Price: Free!

Katie ChappellKatie Chappell has played many guest sets on our showcase, and now steps up for her first headlining spot. She's a strong country-rock vocalist, digs deep for a passionate performance. Come out and cheer on one of Paso Robles' own!

 

Special guests include Megan Steinke, April Rain, Beth Anne, and Dan Daniel.

 

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.

Music Row Pro Warren Sellers Headlines - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Warren Sellers"West Coast Southern Boy" is the title of an album by Warren Sellers, which also tells you a lot about his style. He's an L.A.-based pro songwriter, who is currently on the staff of Songscape Music in Nashville. He's been covered by more than 40 country, pop and rock recording artists, and placed his songs in films and TV. Sellers grew up on the music of the 60's and 70's, with the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills Nash & Young and Carole King among his favorites. He's played many of our events, charming audiences with his storytelling and humor. Preview his songs at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/warrensellers

 

Special guests include Jeanne Haegele.

 

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.

Kevin Graybill Closes Out The Show - 6:00-8:30pm
203 E Branch St.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 489-9099 [map]
Price: Free!

Kevin GraybillKevin has a smooth voice that's often compared to artists like Jack Johnson, G. Love, Michael Franti, and Sam Beam of Iron and Wine. But he has a style of his own most recently described by an audience member as a "reggae version of Barry White." Graybill's songwriting is influenced equally by both his external surroundings and internal musings. After years spent in both Seattle and California, his style has evolved and matured into what can best be described as a happy medium between "sunny optimism" and "rainy introspection." https://graybillmusic.com/

 

Special guests include Alex Van Brasch, and Launnie Ginn.

 

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. This is the last scheduled Songwriters at Play event at Branch Street -- we continue our Wednesday series at The Mark in SLO beginning Oct. 2.

Ynana Rose Returns to Paso - 1-4pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [map]
Price: Free!

Ynana RoseWelcome back SLO's own award-winning singer-songwriter Ynana Rose (pronounced “Yuh-nah-nah"). She's played Sculpterra many times, and returns with her second album, Tea Leaf Confessions. Ynana Rose composed 10 out of the 11 tracks on the album, collaborating with Steve Key and Damon Castillo on two songs and channeling legendary country artist Lefty Frizzell on the one cover tune, “I Want to Be with You Always.” The album features classic and contemporary folk, honky-tonk country, gypsy jazz and porch-stomping Americana sounds. Ynana wrote her first song at the age of 37, which opened up a world of creative passion. Ynana has been featured at the Live Oak Music Festival, and Parkfield Bluegrass Festival. She draws inspiration from Dolly Parton, Gretchen Peters, Gillian Welch, Hazel Dickens, Willie Nelson and Guy Clark. More at http://www.ynanarose.com/

 

The showcase lineup includes Matt Vargo, Adam Alviso, and guest host Cliff Stepp.

 

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.

Stereo Chickens Trio Featured - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Stereo Chickens TrioStereo Chickens are California’s premier Americana group seamlessly blending Country, Bluegrass, Folk, and Gospel (and sometimes Classic Rock and R&B) into their own unique and distinct sound. Ken McMeans and the band are big favorites at the Wine Seller, and they tour across the country. Their debut album, "Songs From The Fire" was released July 2018, landed at #25 on iTunes Country Chart in its pre-order release, staying there for three weeks. Tonight the band appears as an acoustic trio: Ken McMeans, John Nowel, and Cynthia Ford. https://kenmcmeanspresents.com/stereo-chickens/

 

Special guests include Amalia.

 

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 Hits Month 2 of Season 3 - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

trophiesOctober 1 is the second round of our third season of the song contest at Morro Bay Wine Seller. Once a month, 10 contestants play 2 original songs each, and three judges award three prizes: Best Performance, Best Songs, and Best Overall. Winner of Best Overall is invited to the final round on July 7, 2020 for a prize of $500.

 

Our sponsors:
--Best Song (one hour studio time at Painted Sky Recording Studio in Cambria)
--Best Performer (a free photo session with Matt Vargo)
--Best Overall (one hour studio time at Laurel Lane studios in San Luis Obispo)

 

Contestants must register in advance by contacting stevekey57@gmail.com. There is a $5 entry fee.

 

Contest begins at 6:30pm at Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, (805) 772-8388. No cover charge. 21+ (contestants of any age are welcome).

The Mark
Derek Senn Kicks Off New Showcase - 6:30-9:00pm
673 Higuera St.
San Luis Obispo, CA
(805) 439-4400 [map]
Price: Free!

Derek SennIt's been a banner year for SLO's own Derek Senn -- he played the Live Oak Music Festival, and his new album "How Could a Man" landed him on the cover of New Times. And now he steps up to play the featured set on our showcase. Learn more at https://www.dereksenn.com/

 

Special guests include Michael Venia of Carbon City Lights, Loren Radis, and Bob & Wendy.

 

Songwriters At Play holds showcases every Wednesday 6:30-9:00pm at The Mark, 673 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, (805) 439-4400. We pass the tip jar during the featured set, otherwise no cover, all ages OK until 9pm. Venue serves full dinner menu.

Monterey St. Market
Featuring local fave Max MacLaury - 1-4pm
1234 Monterey St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
United States
8055488518 [map]
Price: Free!

Max MacLauryLocal favorite Max MacLaury is a frequent performer on our showcases, and also our tributes to Neil Young, Van Morrison, Johnny Cash and Eric Clapton. He calls himself a crooner, which would put him in league with Tony Bennett, Perry Como, and Vic Damone. Listen to his tracks, and you decide what his style is. https://soundcloud.com/maxmaclaury

 

Special guests include Matt Vargo.

 

Showcase begins at 1pm, Monterey St. Market, 1234 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo 93401, (805) 548-8518. The showcase includes one featured act, playing a 45-minute set to close out the show, and others playing 4-song sets. No cover charge, but we pass the tip bucket for the featured act.

Touring artist Stolie Headlines - 1-4pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [map]
Price: Free!

StolieStolie is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and loop-pedal artist based out of Chicago. With over 25 years of experience in the music industry and performing on stages internationally, she's a seasoned pro. A constant road-warrior and absolutely fearless, Stolie immediately turns strangers into friends through her captivating, humorous and versatile live performances. Learn more at https://stolie.com/

 

Special guests include Craig Louis Dingman, Jeff Rymes, and Zoe FitzGerald Carter.

 

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.

Featuring L.A. troubadour James Houlahan - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

James HoulahanLA-based singer-songwriter-guitarist James Houlahan is known as a songsmith who channels both tradition and poetic innovation, rooted in dark folk sounds and eclectic Americana. One critic says, "If you like Tom Waits, Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt, then chances are big you will become a fan of James Houlahan." "Near the top of must-see and hear indie singer-songwriters," says Glide Magazine. The Daily Country calls his music "personal yet universal, introspective and dreamlike." A native of Concord, Mass., James started playing piano at 8 years old, switching to guitar in his teens. It wasn’t until his 20s that he began playing his music in front of crowds. He played lead guitar in a few Boston-area rock bands, but eventually knew he couldn’t let his solo work go unheard. “I realized that if I didn’t sing my songs nobody else would,” Houlahan says. He released his first two solo efforts Seven Years Now (2009) and "misfit hymns" (2012) before relocating to Los Angeles and releasing Multitudes in 2016. https://jameshoulahan.com/

 

Special guests include Craig Louis Dingman, Jeff Rymes, and Zoe FitzGerald Carter.

 

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

Kathy MatteaSongwriters at Play producer Steve Key turns 62 on Tues. Oct. 8. He'll celebrate it at the Morro Bay Wine Seller by hosting a tribute to country singer Kathy Mattea, who recorded his song "33, 45, 78 (Record Time)" in 1992. The Grammy-winner from West Virginia is known for chart-toppers like 18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses, Where've You Been, Love at the Five & Dime, Come From the Heart, Walk the Way the Wind Blows, and more. We'll cover those hits and many more from her 35-year discography. Performers include MaryJo Mundy, Paula Richardson, Ann-Marita, Ben Davis, Jeff Pine, BanjerDan, Paul Welch, Miss Leo, April Rain, and Katie Chappell.

 

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-Kathy-Mattea-10--8-2019

The Mark
Ann-Marita Sings Real Woman Blues - 6:30-9:00pm
673 Higuera St.
San Luis Obispo, CA
(805) 439-4400 [map]
Price: Free!

Ann-MaritaOne music booker calls Ann-Marita "a Viking warrior singing the real woman blues, a soulful mix of sunny West Coast country rock and grass roots folk (with just a hint of Nordic naughtiness) that recalls life in all its messy glory; songs of love and family and friendship and perseverance and heartbreak." With a voice reminiscent of soulful country rock artists like Linda Ronstadt and Shelby Lynne, and a storytelling ability greatly influenced by icons like Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, Ann-Marita has traveled far and wide, from Gothenburg to Melbourne, New Orleans, Berlin, and Alaska. Learn more at http://www.annmarita.com/

 

Special guests include Kris Simeon.

 

Songwriters At Play holds showcases every Wednesday 6:30-9:00pm at The Mark, 673 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, (805) 439-4400. We pass the tip jar during the featured set, otherwise no cover, all ages OK until 9pm. Venue serves full dinner menu.

Blues vocalist Karyn Ann Featured - 6:30-9:00pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [map]
Price: Free!

Karyn AnnWith a voice known to “beguile the most inattentive bar-goer", Karyn Ann has gained notoriety as a skilled singer and songwriter, drawing comparisons to 60s troubadours like Bonnie Raitt and Carole King and modern artists like Adele and Brandi Carlile. Based in Portland OR, she tours nationally, with notable appearances at the legendary Bitter End in NYC, and the Women’s Redrock Music Festival alongside Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls. Listen to her latest album, "Be Loud" here: https://www.karynann.com/music-1

 

Special guests include Cate Graves.

 

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.

New Album and New Name for Cate Graves - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Cate GravesSeveral times a few years back, we featured a Santa Barbara-based musician named Kate Graves, who now goes by Cate Graves. More than one letter has changed: she moved to Nashville, and has a new CD out, "Postcards from New Mexico". Get a preview at https://soundcloud.com/user-963901808

 

Special guests include Alex Van Brasch, Mark Miller, and The Dennis & Laura Show.

 

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.

 

The Mark
Elizabeth Etta Headlines at The Mark in SLO - 6:30-9:00pm
673 Higuera St.
San Luis Obispo, CA
(805) 439-4400 [map]
Price: Free!

Elizabeth EttaElizabeth Etta is a Central Coast resident who is also part of the Japanese Americana band Pirates Canoe. Their sound is described as "Alison Krauss-meets-Ry Cooder-meets Allen Toussaint". She released a 6-song solo EP in 2016, "And So She Sang", showing off her whisical original ballads and tender renditions of traditional folk songs such as "Shenandoah". Listen to it and learn more at http://elizabeth-etta.com/

 

Special guests include Charles Motley, , Craig McNichols, and Casey Rodgers.

 

Songwriters At Play holds showcases every Wednesday 6:30-9:00pm at The Mark, 673 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, (805) 439-4400. We pass the tip jar during the featured set, otherwise no cover, all ages OK until 9pm. Venue serves full dinner menu.

The Mark
Bakersfield's Crimson Skye Plays SLO - 6:30-9:00pm
673 Higuera St.
San Luis Obispo, CA
(805) 439-4400 [map]
Price: Free!

Crimson SkyeCrimson Skye is part of a new wave of Bakersfield musicians, whose style is far from the country honky tonk sound popularized by Buck and Merle. She calls her genre psychedlic rock, but there's a hefty amount of soul and R&B too. Preview her music at https://www.reverbnation.com/crimsonskye

 

Special guests include another Bakersfield rising star, David T8tz, as well as local faves Ragged Company, BanjerDan, Craig Louis Dingman, and Alex Van Brasch.

 

Songwriters At Play holds showcases every Wednesday 6:30-9:00pm at The Mark, 673 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, (805) 439-4400. We pass the tip jar during the featured set, otherwise no cover, all ages OK until 9pm. Venue serves full dinner menu.

Celebrate Joni's 76th birthday - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: $10

Joni MitchellSongwriters At Play celebrates the 76th birthday of folk-rock legend Joni Mitchell. Sing along to hits like Circle Game, Both Sides Now, Big Yellow Taxi, River, and many more. Performers include Karen Wilkins & Buffy Doran of Chick Tuesday, L.A.-based jazz vocalist Jeanne Newhall with Japanese guitarist Kazunori Koga, The Harmony People, The Dennis & Laura Show, Rob Kimball, Miss Leo, Donna Phillips, and Maybe in Time.

 

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-Joni-Mitchell-in-Morro-Bay-11--5-2019

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