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MSG Songwriters in the Round – Friday, March 3rd

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John Jacobs hosts Songwriters in the Round, Friday March 3 at the Tuvalu Coffeehouse in Verona. 7 to 9:30 pm. Come out and hear some great music from Joe Snare, Margo Tiedt and Raine Stern. John will be getting some songs in too, of course.  And if you don’t know, Tuvalu is a very cozy, family friendly place. A good place to get your mind off the roller coaster of the daily news and to remember there are a lot of good things happening in the world too.

Song Workshop – Wed, Feb 15th @ 7

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MSG’s monthly song critique/workshop happens this Wednesday, February 15th at 7 p.m. at Noodles & Company on University Avenue. Bring a lyric or song to play live or recorded and get instant feedback from local songwriters. It’s also a chance to hear some new original music and help another songwriter with your feedback. Cost is $5 for non-members, free for members and you can sign up on the spot with an annual membership of only $25. Incomplete, new or nearly new songs are encouraged.

Song Workshop Wed., January 18th

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MSG’s monthly song critique/workshop is happening this Wednesday, January 18th at 7 p.m. at Noodles & Company on University Avenue. Bring a lyric or song to play live or recorded and get instant feedback from local songwriters. It’s also a chance to hear some new original music and help another songwriter with your feedback. Cost is $5 for non-members, free for members and you can sign up on the spot with an annual membership of only $25. Incomplete, new or nearly new songs are encouraged.

Song Workshop – Wed, July 20th

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MSG’s monthly song critique/workshop is happening this Wednesday, July 20th at 7 p.m. at Noodles & Company on University Avenue. Bring a lyric or song to play live or on a recording and get instant feedback from local songwriters. Listen to some new original songs and give your impressions. Cost is $5 for non-members, free for members and you can sign up on the spot with an annual membership of only $25. Incomplete, new or nearly new songs are encouraged.

Songwriter Showcase – Friday, Nov. 6th

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John Duggleby hosts Madison Songwriting Guild’s monthly Songwriter Showcase with special guests Christine Costanzo and Lynn Smith, followed by an open mic for original material, at Tuvalu Coffeehouse, 300 South Main Street in Verona on Friday November 6, from 7:30-9:30 pm.  Suggested donation $5 adults, $3 students/seniors.  For more information, call 838-7834. 

Songwriter Showcase – Friday, June 5th

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Head over to Tuvalu Coffeehouse at 300 S. Main in Verona on Friday, June 5, at 7:30 pm for MSG’s Songwriter Showcase.  John Duggleby hosts this monthly event featuring great area songwriters, followed by an open mic for anyone who wants to perform their original compositions.  This month will feature Madison’s multi-genre guitar/songwriting guru Jim Schwall and—all the way from North Carolina—Chas Coberly.  Suggested $5 donation, $3 for students/seniors.   For more information or if you’d like to be considered as a future featured artist, contact John directly at me@johnduggleby.com.

Monthly Critique – 5/16 @ 7 pm

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MSG holds its monthly song critique on Wednesday, May 16th at 7 p.m. at Noodles & Company on University Avenue. Bring a song or lyric to play live or on a CD and get instant feedback from local songwriters, and give some of your own. Incomplete, new or nearly new songs , in particular, are encouraged.

***We’ve added a new feature to the critique called the Monthly Song Challenge. In June, the challenge is aimed at those of us who procrastinate: Complete a song that you’ve started (or always thought about writing but haven’t started) and bring it to the critique to share.

Check out the Events page for more details and we’ll see you there!

Monthly Song Critique – Wed, 4/18 ***change in location

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MSG holds its monthly song critique on Wednesday, April 18th 7 p.m. at Panera Bread, located at 3416 University Avenue. This temporary change for April is less than 2 blocks east of the usual Noodles & Co. spot.

Bring a song or lyric to play live or on a CD and get instant feedback from local songwriters, and give some of your own. Incomplete, new or nearly new songs , in particular, are encouraged.

***We’ve added a new feature to the critique called the Monthly Song Challenge. Next month’s challenge will be chosen at the critique, so come with your ideas. Songwriters are urged to interpret the challenge in any way that helps write a new tune.

Check out the Events page for more details and we’ll see you there!

Tune Up Your Songwriting – Wed, 4/11

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Drive, run or bike on down to the Willy St. Co-op East on Wednesday, April 11th for the latest monthly installment of Tune Up Your Songwriting with this month’s hosts, Rich Baumann and Jim Schwall. This event is designed to give songwriters musical food for thought in a friendly atmosphere with other local songwriters.

Bring your instrument to share a song at the end of the workshop or come with a CD recording of a favorite song for the group to listen to and discuss.  This event starts with a 5:30 potluck/meet and greet followed by the 6:30 workshop. Admission is a suggested $5-15 donation.

Songwriting Workshop – Monday, 4/9

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Nashville singer/songwriter/publisher Washuntara hosts an evening of songwriting mentoring on Monday, April 9th. Washuntara is a talented songwriter and performer who has worked as a songwriter in the country music capital of the world for the past 20 years, owns his own music publishing company, Passionworks, and has enjoyed success performing and writing in Australia, Europe and America.

Join him at the Center for Conscious Living on Monday, April 9th from 7-9:30 PM for an evening of songwriting. The cost is $25.

Then, return to the Center on Friday, April 13th at 7:30 pm for an intimate performance by this poignant and insightful songwriter. Tickets for the performance are $8 in advance or $10 at the door and can be obtained through the Center’s website under Special Events.