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March Songwriters in the Round – 3/23

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Stop by The Brink Lounge on Wednesday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. for this month’s Songwriters in the Round. Madison Songwriters Guild’s premier event features tons of original music starring a rotating cast of local and regional songwriters.

March’s featured songwriters are Nancy RostVanessa TorellanoJuila McConahey. Like superheroes, these women will separate and combine their musical powers on stage to amaze and delight. Criminals beware.

* Note the 7 p.m. start time for the show. For more info, check out the Events page.

Recording Opportunity – 3/19

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Randy’s Recording and MSG are pleased to offer a recording seminar for the performing songwriter.

Each songwriter records a basic demo (guitar/piano and voice), with an explanation off the process as it progresses. At the end, the group evaluates the demos for recordability and Randy chooses one to produce at the studio.

Every songwriter goes home with his or her recording, plus a compilation of the other demos done that day. This is the fifth time Randy and MSG have teamed up to offer this event.

Cost is $29 in advance, or $39 on the day of the recording session. Contact Rich Baumann at or drop by any MSG event to pay in advance.
Date/time: Saturday, March 19th, 1-4 p.m.

Randy’s Recording and Production is located at:
4770 Gaston Cir., Rt 2
Cottage Grove, WI, 53527
(608) 839-4154

Questions? Contact

Song Critique – 3/16 @ 7 pm

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The next song critique is this Wednesday, March 16th at 7 p.m. at Noodles & Co., 3600 University Avenue. Bring a new and nearly new song to play live or on CD to 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 – Water House Foods – 3/10

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This Thursday night, Rich Baumann hosts this intimate songwriter night which will feature performers Matt Belknap, Tim Southwick Johnson, and Lynn Smith sharing their original music at Water House Foods in Lake Mills at 7:00 p.m. Cover is only $5 and there will be a chance for audience members to share a song right before the performance at 6:30. Take a short drive out to Water House Foods and support great music at a great new venue.

For more information on this event, check out the Events page.

Tune Up Your Songwriting – 3/9

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Come to the Willy St. Co-op East on Wednesday, March 9th for this new workshop called Tune Up Your Songwriting.  Local folk, environmental and kid-friendly songwriter Ken Lonnquist will present his experience writing and performing followed by a group discussion hosted by Rich Baumann.

As part of the workshop, you are invited to bring a recording of a favorite song for the group to analyze. Several songs 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. Admission is a suggested $5-15 donation.

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 may be time to share original songs at the end of the workshop, so please bring your instrument if you are interested.

March Song Showdown Winner

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Congratulations to Brandy Held who won this month’s Song Showdown with her piano-driven song, “Chaser.” Brandy is a local songwriter who also teaches guitar and piano in her west side music studio. See the youtube video here.