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Josh Rosenblum Returns to Paso with new CD - 1:00-4:00pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [map]
Price: Free!

Josh RosenblumJazz-pop singer-guitarist Josh Rosenblum released a new album in January, and returns to the Central Coast to headline three of our events. Fans of John Mayer will find a lot to like about Josh, known for his fluid jazz-rock guitar chops and passionate vocals.  We've featured Josh on several showcases, and he was also a big hit on our tributes to Stevie Nicks, Leonard Cohen and James Taylor. 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

 

Special guests include Dasha, John Zamora of Wine Country Troubadours, Steve Dukeheart, and Megan Steinke.


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.

 

Josh will also be featured on our showcase Feb. 19 at Morro Bay Wine Seller, and Feb. 20 at Bang the Drum in SLO.

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

Josh RosenblumJazz-pop singer-guitarist Josh Rosenblum released a new album in January, and returns to the Central Coast to headline three of our events. Fans of John Mayer will find a lot to like about Josh, known for his fluid jazz-rock guitar chops and passionate vocals.  We've featured Josh on several showcases, and he was also a big hit on our tributes to Stevie Nicks, Leonard Cohen and James Taylor. 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

 

Special guests include Amie Richie, Sofia Lundgren, Miss Leo, and Jessi Carr.

 

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.

 

Josh will also be featured on our showcase Feb. 18 at Sculpterra Winery in Paso Robles, and Feb. 20 at Bang the Drum in SLO.

Josh Rosenblum Celebrates New CD - 6:30-9:00pm
950 Orcutt Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 242-8372 [map]
Price: Free!

Josh RosenblumJazz-pop singer-guitarist Josh Rosenblum released a new album in January, and returns to the Central Coast to headline three of our events*. Fans of John Mayer will find a lot to like about Josh, known for his fluid jazz-rock guitar chops and passionate vocals.  We've featured Josh on several showcases, and he was also a big hit on our tributes to Stevie Nicks, Leonard Cohen and James Taylor. 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

 

Special guests include Shawn Ellis, Will Breman, Tim Jackson, and local band Carbon City Lights.

 

Showcase runs 6:30-9:00pm at Bang The Drum Brewery, 950 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo, (805) 242-8372. The showcase includes one featured act, playing a 45-minute set to close out the night, and others playing 4-song sets. All ages OK, dogs welcome too. No cover charge, but a tip bucket is passed during the featured artist's set.

 

*Josh will also be featured on our showcase Feb. 18 at Sculpterra Winery in Paso Robles, and Feb. 19 at Morro Bay Wine Seller.

Soulful vocalist Holly Ann Lewis Headlines - 6:30-9:00pm
181 Tank Farm Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 868-7133 [map]
Price: Free!

Holly Ann LewisHolly Ann Lewis is a frequent performer on Songwriters At Play events, particularly on our tributes to Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, and Lucinda Williams. Her 2016 full-length CD, "Miles Around", celebrates her country life in the high desert town of California Valley. Holly was recording albums in her teens, performing with Grammy Award winners, and playing Bay Area venues with the band African Rain. She sang at major venues such as The Fillmore, The Great American Music Hall, The Catalyst, The Palace of The Fine Arts. http://hollyannlewis.com/

 

Special guests include Nick Rolen, Kevin Graybill, Micki & Casey, and 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, food available too.

NYC's Caitlin Mahoney in concert at Socrates - 7-9pm
5985 Traffic Way
Atascadero, CA 93422
805-460-6172 [map]
Price: $15

Caitlin MahoneyCaitlin Mahoney is an independent New York City-based singer-songwriter whose voice has been praised as "powerful and soulful - a mix of Adele and Fiona Apple." With classical vocal training, a degree in creative writing, and a love for Bruce Springsteen, Caitlin is a star on the rise. Her music has been featured on ABC Family, the Family Channel in Canada, Daytrotter, and in Starbucks stores throughout the United States. Since 2013, she has played more than 200 shows across the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy. Her latest album, "story still left to be told" takes you on a journey through the true human spirit with each track exploring a different, yet, familiar experience. Here's a track from the new album, performed at New York's legendary Bitter End nightclub, https://youtu.be/F9zKKOPMFsA

Tickets are $15 general, on sale now at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3223754
Show begins at 7pm, doors at 6. Socrates Coffee House, 5985 Traffic Way, Atascadero.

Colorado's Megan Burtt Plays Paso - 1:00-4:00pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [map]
Price: Free!

Megan BurttDenver CO native Megan Burtt taught herself to play her Dad's guitar, inspired by Joni Mitchell’s Blue album, and Bonnie Raitt’s Nick of Time. She attended Boston's Berklee School of Music, moved to Mississippi to investigate the roots of American blues music, and picked up songwriting awards at the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and Kerrville New Folk Competition. Her second album, The Bargain, charts her recovery from a serious illness, with songs that move from darkness to light, with lyrics full of revealing insights into the difficulties we all face. Here's a link to a video of one of the songs from The Bargain, where Megan is accompanied by The Colorado Symphony. https://youtu.be/4DIJXB_OF-k

 

Special guests include Smitty & Julija, Caitlin Cannon, Carolyn Burch.

 

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.

Cal Poly's Megan Steinke Plays First Feature - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Megan SteinkeShe won a Best Song award in our December song contest, and is a frequent guest on our showcases -- now Megan Steinke steps up to play her first headlining slot. Megan is a versatile musician and third year Graphic Communication student at Cal Poly. Her music reflects the jazzy influence of Norah Jones, the acoustic style of Regina Spektor, and the light-hearted tunes of Jack Johnson. (photo by Michelle Johnson) http://www.megansteinke.com/

 

Special guests include Launnie Ginn, Dylan Lee O'Harra, Travis James Braden, and Caitlin Cannon.

 

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.

Featuring Banjo Chanteuse Erin Inglish - 6:30-9:00pm
181 Tank Farm Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 868-7133 [map]
Price: Free!

Erin InglishErin Inglish is a tour-de-force banjo chanteuse, a thoughtful wanderer who believes in trying to contribute to making the world a better place through music. Central Coast native, Erin has spent several years living abroad (in India, Madagascar, Bulgaria and Serbia) – and her songwriting reflects her elation for life, creative and exploratory nature, and passion for creating positive change through community and art. Inglish's latest album, Muse, features nine tracks of original music lush with groove-laden, "blues-grass" banjo riffs, her honest and powerful vocal stylings. Sample some tracks at https://www.erininglish.com

 

Special guests include Max MacLaury.

 

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, food available too.

Encore! Portland duo Fox & Bones Returns - 1:00-4:00pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [map]
Price: Free!

Fox and BonesScott Gilmore of the Portland band Just People returns with Sarah Vitort, who also fronts a Portland band, Sarah Wild and The Watch. Their duo, Fox and Bones, combines lush two part harmonies and a complex, heartwarming lyrical landscape with soft-spoken yet rich musical accompaniment. Vortex Music Magazine calls their music “intimate, delicate ... a soft, beautiful, harmony-rich salvo... countrified, in the best possible way...the lyrics share deep thoughts while discovering essential connections with another and the universe." https://foxandbonesmusic.com

 

Special guests include Smitty & Julija, Dylan Lee O’Harra, and Megan Steinke.

 

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.

Portland duo Fox & Bones Back in Morro Bay - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Fox & BonesScott Gilmore of the Portland band Just People returns with Sarah Vitort, who also fronts a Portland band, Sarah Wild and The Watch. Their duo, Fox and Bones, combines lush two part harmonies and a complex, heartwarming lyrical landscape with soft-spoken yet rich musical accompaniment. Vortex Music Magazine calls their music “intimate, delicate ... a soft, beautiful, harmony-rich salvo... countrified, in the best possible way...the lyrics share deep thoughts while discovering essential connections with another and the universe." https://foxandbonesmusic.com

 

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

trophyWe call it "My New Favorite". Three judges award prizes for Best Song, Best Performance, and Best Overall (My New Favorite). 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 June 2018.

Sponsored by Painted Sky Recording Studio, Sunshine Health Foods & Shine Cafe, and JP Maddex Voice Lessons.

Want to be a contestant? Sign up in advance at stevekey57@gmail.com

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

Introducing Brazilian-American duo, Complicated Animals - 6:30-9:00pm
181 Tank Farm Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 868-7133 [map]
Price: Free!

Complicated AnimalsComplicated Animals are Monica da Silva and Chad Alger, who have been collaborating in both music and in life, since they met in 2007. Neither one can seem to remember which came first, the songs or the relationship. The Brazilian American duo has combined their lives and styles to form their self-coined Indie Nova genre, which blends Indie Pop, and Brazilian Bossa Nova, into something new and fresh. Written and recorded in a cabin in the woods in Michigan, their debut EP “In This Game” received rave reviews from blogs and journalists, and was called “a 6 song masterpiece” and the “beginning of a new sound” by PopMatters. Complicated Animals have shared stages with the likes of Gaelynn Lea,The Oh Hellos, Buena Vista Social Club, Arlo Guthrie, The Indigo Girls, Brandi Carlisle, and Emmylou Harris. For more information visit www.complicatedanimals.com

 

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, food available too.

Harmonizing Husband-Wife duo Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon Headline - 1:00-4:00pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [map]
Price: Free!

Bev and GregJumping the lines between folk, rock, blues and singer-songwriter soulfulness, Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon light up the stage with fiery guitar and tight vocal harmonies. Perhaps you saw them on our tribute shows at the Steynberg Gallery? They rocked out on Van Morrison, Carole King and James Taylor songs (and will be part of our tribute to the Carpenters March 13 at Morro Bay Wine Seller). “Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon effortlessly channel the intimate, casual atmospheres of cozy living rooms and warm hearths.”-Good Times, Santa Cruz. http://www.bevandgreg.com

 

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.

Harmonizing Husband-Wife duo Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon Headline - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Bev and GregJumping the lines between folk, rock, blues and singer-songwriter soulfulness, Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon light up the stage with fiery guitar and tight vocal harmonies. Perhaps you saw them on our tribute shows at the Steynberg Gallery? They rocked out on Van Morrison, Carole King and James Taylor songs (and will be part of our tribute to the Carpenters March 13 at Morro Bay Wine Seller). “Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon effortlessly channel the intimate, casual atmospheres of cozy living rooms and warm hearths.”-Good Times, Santa Cruz. http://www.bevandgreg.com

 

Special guests include Megan Steinke, and Carolyn Burch.


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! The songs of The Carpenters - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: $5

CarpentersIt's "Yesterday Once More" as we take on the music of The Carpenters. Sing along on the sweet melodies of We've Only Just Begun, Close to You, Rainy Days and Mondays, Hurting Each Other, A Song for You, and so many others. The all-star lineup includes Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon, Elizabeth McMeans, Holly Ann Lewis, David Foster Evans, Donna Phillips, Laura Hemenway, Steve Key, and more. Show begins at 6:30pm. Arrive early for a good seat! Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, (805) 772-8388. $5 cover charge, shared by all the performers. 21 & Over Only.

Double feature! Caroline Cotter and Michael Thomas Howard - 6:30-9:00pm
181 Tank Farm Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 868-7133 [map]
Price: Free!

Caroline Cotter and Michael Thomas HowardCaroline Cotter and Michael Thomas Howard are two American songwriters hailing from the far flung corners of Maine and Alaska. Together they create undeniably affecting harmonies and combine musical influences that pull from jazz, folk, and Americana.

Caroline Cotter has played over 450 shows in 42 states and 10 countries since her debut album, Dreaming as I Do, released and reached #5 on the Folk DJ Charts in 2015. With a captivating soprano voice and award winning songwriting, her travel inspired songs take listeners all over the world: from a Parisian salon, to the coast of Maine, through the hills of Colorado, to the side of a bluegrass festival campfire, and into the depths of the human heart. "Ms. Cotter’s new album is brilliant, the range of styles from a cappella to smooth vocals and jazz, back to folk harmonies – the album never ceases to surprise.” - Bruce Swan, WPKN 89.5 FM Bridgeport, CT In 2018, Caroline will be touring to support her second major release, "Home on The River” www.carolinecotter.com

Born and raised in the wilds of Alaska, Michael Thomas Howard’s award winning songwriting and unique voice akin to Cat Stevens is captivating audiences across North America and quickly earning him critical acclaim: "Remember the first time you encountered Steve Goodman, John Prine, Steve Forbert, Nick Drake, or Jesse Winchester? That’s how I feel listening to Howard—as if I’ve discovered the real deal, a one-of-a-kind singer who also loves words and knows how to put them together in memorable ways. I can’t wait to hear where he goes from here ” “A Five Star Folk CD” - Jeff Burger, No Depression. www.mhowardmusic.com

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.

Nashville's Doug Gill & Lynn Langham Return to Paso - 1:00-4:00pm
5015 Linne Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-226-8881 [map]
Price: Free!

Doug Gill & Lynn LanghamLynn Langham & Doug Gill will share the stage as they've done many times at such Music City venues as The Bluebird Cafe. Both are accomplished performers, as well as writers for major recording artists. Lynn's song "Old Yellow Moon" is the title track of Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell's Grammy-winning CD. Her songs were also recorded by Wynonna, Carolyn Hester, Ty Herndon, Trisha Yearwood, Lynn Anderson and Holly Dunn. Doug wrote "I Just Come Here for the Music", a Grammy nominee for Don Williams & Alison Krauss. He's also been covered by Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis, Chris LeDoux, Tammy Wynette, Wynonna, and the Marshall Tucker Band. Here's a video of Lynn & Doug playing one of those writers-in-the-round shows: http://youtu.be/IS1mhEsNhAM

Special guests include Megan Steinke, Dan Beers, and Kris Simeon.

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.

Nashville's Doug Gill & Lynn Langham Return to Morro Bay - 6:30-9:00pm
601 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8388 [map]
Price: Free!

Doug Gill & Lynn LanghamLynn Langham & Doug Gill will share the stage as they've done many times at such Music City venues as The Bluebird Cafe. Both are accomplished performers, as well as writers for major recording artists. Lynn's song "Old Yellow Moon" is the title track of Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell's Grammy-winning CD. Her songs were also recorded by Wynonna, Carolyn Hester, Ty Herndon, Trisha Yearwood, Lynn Anderson and Holly Dunn. Doug wrote "I Just Come Here for the Music", a Grammy nominee for Don Williams & Allison Krauss. He's also been covered by Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis, Chris LeDoux, Tammy Wynette, Wynonna, and the Marshall Tucker Band. Here's a video of Lynn & Doug playing one of those writers-in-the-round shows: http://youtu.be/IS1mhEsNhAM

 

Special guests include Jeff Peters, Megan Steinke, and John Sandoval.

 

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.

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