Songwriters At Play!

 
 

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Featuring internationally-touring artist Chris Ayer - 6:30-9:00pm
181 Tank Farm Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 868-7133 [map]
Price: Free!

Chris AyerChris Ayer remembers singing along to old cassette tapes of Elvis and Paul Simon as a kid on family car rides. When his dad got him his first guitar as a teen, he started writing songs that same day. He studied philosophy and music at Stanford University, and has become an internationally-touring recording artist. His song, "On the Blvd." has racked up more than a million streams on Spotify. http://www.chrisayermusic.com

 

Special guests include Aaron Gilmartin, Gary Garrett. Dan Daniel, and Charles Motley.

 

Showcase runs 6:30-9:00 at 7Sisters Brewing, 181 Tank Farm Rd. (at Long St., just north of Higuera), San Luis Obispo, (805) 868-7133. All ages OK, no cover charge. Craft beers, wine and food available too.

Songwriters at Play at the AG Strawberry Fest - 10am-5pm
130 Branch St.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
United State [map]
Price: Free!

AG Strawberry FestivalSongwriters At Play returns for our third year at the Strawberry Festival in the Village of Arroyo Grande. Our stage is next to Alphy's Broiler, 130 Branch St. We will present live music 10am-5pm on Saturday May 26.

 

10am-noon Will Breman, https://www.willbremanmusic.com/

 

12:30-2:30pm Chris Ayer, http://www.chrisayermusic.com

 

3-5pm Josh Rosenblum, http://www.joshrosenblumband.com/

 

Festival info is posted at http://arroyograndevillage.org/strawberryfestival

Sweden's Annika Fehling Returns to Paso - 1:00-4:00pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [map]
Price: Free!

aftAnnika Fehling visited Sculpterra a few years ago with Brett Perkins' Listening Room tour. Now she returns with her trio, AFT, and their new album, "In the Universe". AFT includes guitarist Christer Jonasson, and Robert Wahlström on percussion. Annika is a touring singer-songwriter, composer, artist, event producer, guest teacher and consultant, living on the magical island of Gotland in Sweden. She has played in over 17 countries to date, and released 12 albums. http://www.annikafehling.com/

 

Special guests include Chris Ayer, and Carolyn Birch.

 

Songwriters At Play holds showcases every Sunday afternoon, 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.

L.A's Chris Ayer Plays Morro Bay - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Chris AyerChris Ayer remembers singing along to old cassette tapes of Elvis and Paul Simon as a kid on family car rides. When his dad got him his first guitar as a teen, he started writing songs that same day. He studied philosophy and music at Stanford University, and has become an internationally-touring recording artist. His song, "On the Blvd." has racked up more than a million streams on Spotify. http://www.chrisayermusic.com

 

Special guests include Brazilian-American duo Complicated Animals.

 

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.

Return of Tasmanian Duo called The Sign - 6:30-9:00pm
181 Tank Farm Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 868-7133 [map]
Price: Free!

The SignJo Stevens and Paul Volta are The Sign, all the way from Australian Island of Tasmania. With a mix of different styles and influences, they have delighted audiences from Tokyo to Osaka, California to New York, and more. The original musical style of The Sign is drawn from rock, blues, pop and folk influences from Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Pretenders, The Divinyls, XTC, Joan Baez, Fleetwood Mac, etc. The Sign have four CD's out, sample some tunes at http://www.thesign.com

 

Special guests include Rob Kimball.

 

Showcase runs 6:30-9:00 at 7Sisters Brewing, 181 Tank Farm Rd. (at Long St., just north of Higuera), San Luis Obispo, (805) 868-7133. All ages OK, no cover charge. Craft beers, wine and food available too.

Featuring Michaut/Perkins & John Roy Zat - 1:00-4:00pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [map]
Price: Free!

Michaut-PerkinsTouring duo Michaut-Perkins (pictured above) and fiddler John Roy Zat team up for the featured set on our weekly showcase.

 

John Roy Zat is a Northern California based singer, songwriter, fiddler and guitar picker with a few miles on his chassis and a lot of this world traveled. His work has garnered the attention of, and been recorded by, music legend Kate Wolf, Banish Misfortune, Caroline Herring and others. "His lyrics are stunning and his rich vocals bring life to each song, taking us on a journey... This man has honed his craft to a fine edge and it shows in his work."--Indie Showcase. www.royzat.com

 

French songwriter Magali Michaut (vocal, guitar, ukulele, piano, violin) and American songwriter Brett Perkins (vocal, guitar, ukulele, percussion) debuted their duo in Amsterdam in 2015. They have continued to play concert in 10 countries, and recorded a CD together, "Hello Love". www.michautperkins.com

 

Special guests include Gwamba, Paul Welch, and Noah David.

 

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 John Roy Zat & Michaut-Perkins - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

John Roy ZatNorCal fiddler John Roy Zat (pictured above) and touring duo Michaut-Perkins team up for the featured set on our weekly showcase.

 

John Roy Zat is a Northern California based singer, songwriter, fiddler and guitar picker with a few miles on his chassis and a lot of this world traveled. His work has garnered the attention of, and been recorded by, music legend Kate Wolf, Banish Misfortune, Caroline Herring and others. "His lyrics are stunning and his rich vocals bring life to each song, taking us on a journey... This man has honed his craft to a fine edge and it shows in his work.-- Indie Showcase. www.royzat.com

 

French songwriter Magali Michaut (vocal, guitar, ukulele, piano, violin) and American songwriter Brett Perkins (vocal, guitar, ukulele, percussion) debuted their duo in Amsterdam in 2015. They have continued to play concert in 10 countries, and recorded a CD together, "Hello Love". www.michautperkins.com

 

Special guests include Cliff Stepp, Gwamba, Carolyn Birch, Claudia Nentwich, and Jen Hajj.

 

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

trophyTen winners from our monthly contest return to compete for the $500 grand prize. We'll also award prizes for Best Song and Best Performance of the year. Each contestant does 2 original songs.

 

The contestants are: Jen Hajj, Anita Henry of the band Joy Polloi, Harmony & Chris Beland, Ynana Rose, Dante Marsh, Kevin Graybill, Noach Tangeras, Loren Radis, Craig Louis Dingman, Smith & Tegio.

 

Sponsored by Painted Sky Recording Studio, JP Maddex Voice Lessons, and Brett Perkins of The Listening Room International Songwriter Retreats.

 

The contest runs 6:30-9pm at Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, (805) 772-8388. No cover charge. 21 & Over Only.

Featuring local Americana duo The Taproots - 6:30-9:00pm
181 Tank Farm Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 868-7133 [map]
Price: Free!

The TaprootsAn acoustic duo performing original contemporary Americana and jazzy originals, The Taproots are known for their duet harmony vocals. Tom Walters plays lead guitar and mandolin and Nico Cass adds ukulele and percussion. Tom is a longtime local picker, recently seen in the duo Chasing Audrie. He's also a member of Inner Faces, who have recorded two albums, been featured on National Public Radio, and performed at the Live Oak Music Festival. http://www.bigbigslo.com/the-taproots/

 

Special guests include Tim Jackson, Matt Yaki, and Carolyn Birch.

 

Showcase runs 6:30-9:00 at 7Sisters Brewing, 181 Tank Farm Rd. (at Long St., just north of Higuera), San Luis Obispo, (805) 868-7133. All ages OK. 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. Craft beers, wine and food available too.

Songwriters At Play Tribute to Paul Simon - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: $10

Paul SimonJoin us and sing along to Simon & Garfunkel classics and songs from Paul Simon's solo discography too: Graceland, Loves Me Like a Rock, America, Still Crazy After All These Years, and so many others. The all-star lineup includes The Taproots, the duo To Wake You, Christie Lenee, Jim Conroy, Miss Leo, Max MacLaury, Loren Radis, Chris Beland, Donna Phillips, Ben Davis, Steve Key, and more. Show begins at 6:30pm. Come early for a good seat! Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, (805) 772-8388. $10 cover charge. 21 & Over Only.

Socrates Coffeehouse
In Concert! Award-winning guitarist Christie Lenee - 7-9pm
5985 Traffic Way
Atascadero, CA 93422
United States
8054606172 [map]
Price: $15

Christie LeneeShe's been described as "Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews." 2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Christie Lenée is a captivating performer with a devoted following among instrumental, folk-pop
and rock band audiences. Combining guitar mastery, contemporary singer-songwriter and a passion for storytelling. http://christielenee.com/

 

Christie is featured in Guitar Player Magazine’s May 2018 FRETS section with a full center-fold article. The on-line version includes exclusive live video: https://www.guitarplayer.com/frets/string-strategies

 

She's shared stages with Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band), Andy McKee, Tommy Emmanuel, Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls, and Stanley Jordan.

 

Doors open 6pm, show at 7, Socrates Coffeehouse, 5985 Traffic Way, Atascadero. Only 30 seats in this intimate space, so don't wait, tickets are on sale now at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3396382

Featuring Bay Area rocker Frankie Boots - 6:30-9:00pm
181 Tank Farm Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 868-7133 [map]
Price: Free!

Frankie BootsFrankie Boots is an award-winning singer-songwriter roaring out of the San Francisco Bay Area with a penchant for painting vivid images of late nights, lost love, and the grittier side of life. Whether it be country, rock, blues, gospel, bluegrass, or any other true form of great American music, Boots throws it all into the recipe for a dish that’s always served hot. His captivating live performances and magnetic songs earned him the North Bay Bohemian’s award for best Country-Americana act in the Bay Area two years in a row and his full ensemble was written in as the best overall band for 2016 by their readership. Frankie Boots has played Napa's Bottlerock Music Festival and Kate Wolf Music Festival, two of Northern California's most prestigious events, and has been a featured songwriter at music festivals across the South, from Austin to Baton Rouge to Mobile. He has opened for some of the biggest names in the industry including Robert Earl Keen, Lukas Nelson And The Promise Of The Real, Leon Russell, Pokey LaFarge, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and The Brothers Comatose. http://www.frankiebootsmusic.com/

 

 

Special guests include Uncle Barnaby.

 

Showcase runs 6:30-9:00 at 7Sisters Brewing, 181 Tank Farm Rd. (at Long St., just north of Higuera), San Luis Obispo, (805) 868-7133. All ages OK. 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. Craft beers, wine and food available too.

Seattle's Tai Shan Returns to Morro Bay - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Tai ShanTai Shan is a Seattle-based pop-folk singer, composer and songwriter known for her 50+ songs inspired by works of literature —everything from Stephen King’s Carrie to Dr. Seuss—that span a wide range of themes and musical styles. She's a Cornish College of the Arts-trained classical and jazz composer. “Tai Shan evokes Sarah McLachlan at her most reflective.” —Eugene Weekly. More at https://www.taishanmusic.com

 

Special guests include Jesse MacLeod, and Matt Yaki.

 

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! Alice Wallace Plays Morro Bay - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: $10

Alice WallaceTickets on sale now -- buy your tickets in advance and we will reserve seats for you! https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3427903

 

With a style strongly influenced by Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris, Alice Wallaces impeccable vocals and melodic, literate song-crafting skills bring a fresh touch to authentic Americana music. One critic says she has "the grittiness of Lucinda Williams and the sweetness of Linda Ronstadt." Her original music mixes elements of country, folk and blues into songs about love, loss and life on the road (and she yodels!). http://www.alicewallacemusic.com/

 

"It doesn't take long after Alice Wallace takes the stage to realize we are hearing an exciting new talent to the world of roots music. As she gently and humorously tells her stories of the road and touring over the last three years and the songs that tie-in, it is clear she carries a presence and charisma that is inviting and charming. Its the kind of stuff stars are made of in her vocal skill and her engaging rapport with the audience." -- No Depression magazine

 

The concerts begins at 6:30pm at Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, (805) 772-8388. 21 & Over Only. Tapas, sandwiches and snacks served, but you're welcome to bring your own food too.

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