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Starship Gazelle Lands in Paso - 1-4pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [map]
Price: Free!

Starship GazelleHaving a love for music from a very young age, songwriter Shar Rangreza picked up his first guitar at the age of 10. He learned melodies by ear and taught himself the beginnings of the instrument. By 13 he was learning chords and technique. Writing his first song at 14, the artist fell in love with the process and went on from there. Starting the Starship Gazelle project in 2014 while attending college at Seattle University, Rangreza learned to record with a laptop and Logic Pro X. Focusing on performing, recording, and writing, the “Feathers” album was born. Sample some tracks at https://www.starshipgazelle.com/

 

Special guests include Crimson Skye, Paul Welch, Megan Steinke, Sherell Jane, and David T8tz.

 

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.

Hey Hey My My! It's Charlie Baker from Ojai - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Charlie BakerIt's OK if you tell Charlie Baker he sounds a lot like Neil Young. In fact, Charlie sometimes will do a whole night of Neil's music. But on today's showcase, he'll focus on his original songs. Over 30 years performing, Charlie has played venues across the USA, opening shows for Warren Zevon, REO-Speedwagon, Venice Band, Rosemary Butler, and Laurence Juber. He's recorded some of his original songs in Nashville, produced by Ben Keith who was best known as steel guitarist, producer & sideman for Neil Young. http://charliebakermusic.com/

 

Special guests include Paul Welch, Julie Lee, Melody Guy, Lauren Hatcher.

 

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.

In Concert! Aireene Espiritu - 6:30-8:30pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: $10

Aireene EspirituAireene Espiritu's original songs are steeped in Latin and African rhythms, folk, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music. She calls it a mix of stompin', swayin', and timeless Americana. "Espiritu’s vocal range tells the story, eliciting the invincibility of a young Dolly Parton and blue-collar work ethic of Loretta Lynn." - Monterey County Weekly. https://www.aireeneespiritu.com/

 

Show begins 6:30pm at Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay. $10 general admission. 21 & over. Food is available for purchase. Buy your tickets in advance and we will reserve your seats! https://my805tix.com/events/Aireene-Espiritu-plays-Morro-Bay-Concert-8-20-2019

Crimson Skye Brings Her Band - 6:00-8:30pm
203 E Branch St.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 489-9099 [map]
Price: Free!

Crimson SkyeYes, Crimson Skye is her real name. Based in Bakersfield, she's a frequent visitor to the Central Coast. After playing several guest sets on our showcase, she takes the spotlight for her first featured set. And she's bringing her band! Preview her music at https://www.reverbnation.com/crimsonskye

 

Special guests include Melody Guy, Mark Miller, and Eric Knierim.

 

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.

Featuring SLO's own Derek Senn - 1-4pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [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/

 

The showcase also includes Mark Miller, Rob Kimball, Brad Sanzenbacher, Matt Vargo, Jeanne Haegele, and guest host Craig Louis Dingman.

 

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.

Ani Fan? Listen to Lindsay White - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Lindsay WhiteWith influences ranging from Bob Dylan to Ani DiFranco, Lindsay White's songwriting has earned recognition from Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, and American Songwriter magazine. Her latest record Lights Out chronicles the experience of losing her estranged mother to brain cancer. The record debuted #2 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts, was named #1 Album of the Year by Global Texan Chronicles, and earned her the 2018 San Diego Music Award for Best Singer-Songwriter. https://www.lindsaywhitemusic.com/

 

Special guests include Karl Lucas, Christie Belanger, Eric Knierim, and Sarah Molly.

 

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
Featuring SLO band Carbon City Lights - 6:00-8:30pm
203 E Branch St.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
United States
805-489-9099 [map]
Price: Free!

Carbon City LightsCarbon City Lights became one of the Central Coast's most popular bands in 2018. This year, they played the Live Oak Music Festival. 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. Carbon City Lights is set to release its seventh studio album this year, entitled “We’re Going to Dream”. Preview some tracks at https://www.carboncitylights.com/music/

 

Special guests include Lauren Hatcher, Mae B., and Amalia.

 

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.

Neil Young fan? Check out James Houlahan - 1-4pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [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 Dan Beers, Samantha Aurelio, The Dennis & Laura Show, James Houlahan.

 

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.

Jim Conroy Headlines 3rd Anniversary Show - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Jim ConroyIt's the third anniversary of Songwriters At Play showcases at the Wine Seller, and we celebrate by featuring Jim Conroy, who has played many events with us in Morro Bay. He's the cool in local trio Burnin' Bad & Cool. He also fronts The Rising Suns, a four-piece band dedicated to presenting classical songs from the golden age of rock n’ roll 1964-67. But tonight we're focused on Jim Conroy's original music. Jim recently celebrated 30 years on the Central Coast with the release of a retrospective album "Magical Door", a winner in the New Times Music Awards in 2018. https://jimconroy.com/

 

Special guests include Matt Vargo, April Rain.

 

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 3 kicks off - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

trophiesTuesday Sept. 3 is the first 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).

Branch Street Deli
Sarah Molly Sings Sassy Folk - 6:00-8:30pm
203 E Branch St.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
United States
8054899099 [map]
Price: Free!

Sarah MollySarah Molly (formerly known as Sarah Biklen) sums up her sound as "Sassy Folk Punk Jazz Rock Electronic". She won three awards in our Morro Bay song contest, and has also taken prizes from West Coast Songwriters. Her musical influences include Bright Eyes, Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga, and Otis Redding. Sarah is a California native whose distinctive songs lace together humor and deep truth. With a unique voice that transcends her years and a theatrical background, Sarah Molly is a treasure to listen to and watch. Here's a link to a video of one of her originals, https://youtu.be/j4OelKZq2Hk

 

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.

Local fave Miss Leo Headlines - 1-4pm
1234 Monterey St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 548-8518 [map]
Price: Free!

Miss LeoMiss Leo is a folk singer-songwriter born and raised in the Bay Area, currently residing on the Central Coast. She often plays local venues with her band, Miss Leo and Her Bluegrass Boys. Her powerful voice has been described as angelic, mesmerizing, and likened to a combination of Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, and June Carter. Her songs tell stories from her life experiences with words and melodies that have the power to connect emotionally with all who listen. In her music you can hear influences from classic songwriters of the 60's and 70's meddled with traditional bluegrass and modern folk sounds. Purposefully minimalist, Miss Leo writes catchy and creative folk songs with lyrics that draw straight from the heart. https://www.missleomusic.com/

 

Special guests include The Dennis & Laura Show, Lauren Hatcher, Maybe in Time, Mark Miller, Amalia, and April Rain.

 

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.

Award winner Mira Goto Plays Morro Bay - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Mira GotoMira Goto splits her time between Nashville and Santa Cruz, which honored her as Musician of the Year at the 2019 NEXTie awards. Goto traffics in what she playfully calls “diet country.” If twangy, boot-scootin’ country could be characterized as “deep-fried,” then Goto’s sound is more lightly pan-seared. Essentially, she says, it’s a California approach to traditional country music. “Being able to bring my California accent and attitude to country music and telling stories through that voice has been a fun challenge,” she says. Learn more at https://www.miragoto.com/

 

Special guests include Ryan Dishen, Paul Welch, Sherell Jane, Megan Steinke, and Stoll Vaughan.

 

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

Neil YoungCome join us for a night of songs by Neil Young at Morro Bay Wine Seller. Sing along to hits like Long May You Run, Love is a Rose, Heart of Gold, Down By The River, Harvest Moon, and many more. Headlining is Charlie Baker, Ojai-based performer who regularly does a whole night of Neil songs in a tribute called Forever Young. Here's a link to a video showing what Charlie can do with Neil's songs: https://youtu.be/JRg47gyzZgE

 

The Sept. 10 tribute includes Ragged Company, Archie Logsdon, Steve Kindel, BanjerDan, Sebastian Luna, John Sandoval, Dan Grant, Max MacLaury, and Ryan Dishen. 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/Neil-Young-Tribute-in-Morro-Bay-9-10-2019

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

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