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Song Showdown resumes in February!

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The Song Showdown kicks off again on Wed., 2/2 and continues on the first Wednesday of every month at Red Dragon TV, 109 E. Lakeside in Madison. This new edition will be hosted by 2010’s Song Showdown winner, Wolfgang Lochner.

The Showdown will start at 7:00 p.m. and be webcast live each month on Come to compete, play during the open mic, or just be part of the fun. Everyone’s welcome to play in the open mic. However, only MSG members may compete in the Showdown, but new members can sign up on the spot.

Red Dragon TV looking for hosts

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Red Dragon TV wants on-air talent! They need rotating hosts for their weekly open mic and feature artists for their Friday night program, “Red Dragon Concert Stage.” For more details about the open mic or the Friday night show, contact Ari John Whitewolf at

Early Songwriters in the Round – January 26th

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Stop into The Brink Lounge on Wednesday, January 26th at 6:00 p.m. for Madison Songwriters Guild’s Songwriters in the Round and hear some great original music in a comfortable setting for only 5 bucks.

January’s featured songwriters:
Wolfgang Lochner – winner of the 2010 Madison Songwriters Guild Song Showdown and host of the 2011 Song Showdown.
Windsor Marie – winner of the 2010 Song Showdown in October with their original tune, “Vulture Eye,” Windsor Marie is a collaboration between Rockwell Windsor Rice on guitar, and Anne Marie Tripp on vocals.
John Crossman – songwriter, living room recorder and perennial participant in February Album Writing Month (FAWM).

*Note the earlier start time for the January show. For more info, check out the Events page.

Song Critique – 1/19 @ 7 pm

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The next song critique happens on Wednesday, January 19th at 7 p.m. at Noodles & Co., 3600 University Avenue. New and nearly new songs are recommended, but any and all are welcome. Give and get instant feedback on your tunes from a live studio audience of local songwriters. Check out the Events page for more details.

Songwriter Night 1/14 @ Wild Hog in the Woods

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Rich Baumann hosts a very special songwriter night this Friday, January 14th at Wild Hog in the Woods, located in the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center on Jenifer Street in Madison. Rich, Meaghan OwensLorieAnna and Tom Kastle will share their considerable talents when they share the stage starting at 8 p.m. Cost is $3.

Songwriter Night – 1/13 @ Water House Foods

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On Thursday night, Rich Baumann and friends share original music at Water House Foods at 110 East Lake Street in downtown Lake Mills. This month, special guests Corey Hart and Reid Miller will join Rich. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. and costs only 5 bucks. Take a short drive out to Water House Foods and support great music at a great new venue!

For more information, check out the Events page.

Tune Up Your Songwriting! 1/12 – New Event!

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Come to the Willy St. Co-op East on Wednesday, January 12th for the debut of Tune Up Your Songwriting! Jim Schwall and Dave Schindele will present a workshop about songwriting and lead a discussion. As part of the workshop, you are invited to bring a recording of a favorite song for the group to discuss. Several will be selected to illustrate what makes a good song. A CD player will be available.

This event starts with a 5:30 potluck/meet and greet followed by the 6:30 workshop.

Willy St. Co-op East is located at 1221 Williamson St. in Madison. Out of consideration for Co-op shoppers, please park on the street. There will be some time to share original songs at the end of the workshop, so please bring your instrument if you are interested.