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Tune Up Your Songwriting – Wed., 5/11

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Come to the Willy St. Co-op East on Wednesday, May131h for the workshop, Tune Up Your Songwriting.  This month’s workshop will be hosted by a panel of songwriters to include Jim Schwall, Dave Schindele, John Jacobs, and Rich Baumann.

Bring your instrument if you are interested in sharing an original song at the end of the workshop or a recording of a favorite song for the group to listen to and discuss. 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. 

*Note that Willy St. is under heavy construction, so out of consideration for Co-op shoppers, please park on a side street.

Songwriter Night – Tuesday, 5/10 at Talula

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The Madison Songwriters Guild will join forces with Talula‘s acoustic jam for the second installment of this new monthly songwriter night on Tuesday, May 10th at 8 p.m. This growing acoustic jam gives songwriters a chance to play a few songs or to get up on stage and jame with the top-notch house band. In May, Rich BaumannJohn Duggleby, and Dave Schindele will represent MSG, but everyone is welcome.

Already known for great food and music, this event will become a songwriter favorite, so check it out.

Talula is located at 802 Atlas Avenue, Madison, WI 53714, or call (608) 441-1977.

Song Showdown – May 4th

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The Song Showdown is live again this Wednesday, May 4th at 7 p.m. at Red Dragon TV, 109 E. Lakeside St. in Madison. Hosted by 2010’s Song Showdown winner, Wolfgang Lochner, the Showdown is also webcast on http://www.reddragontv.tv.

Come to compete, play at the open mic, or to cheer on your favorite performer. Everyone’s welcome to play in the open mic, but you must be an MSG member to compete in the Showdown or help with the judging (though not on the same night!). New members can sign up on the spot.

Song Critique – 4/20

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The next song critique is this Wednesday, April 20th at 7 p.m. at Noodles & Co., 3600 University Avenue. Bring a new and nearly new song or lyric to play live or on CD and get instant feedback from local songwriters, and give some of your own. Check out the Events page for more details.

Tune Up Your Songwriting – Wed, April 13th

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Come to the Willy St. Co-op East on Wednesday, April 13th for the workshop, Tune Up Your Songwriting.  Songwriter, engineer, producer and entrepreneur Tret Fure will discuss her experience writing and performing followed by a group discussion hosted by Rich Baumann.

There may be time to share original songs at the end of the workshop, so please bring your instrument if you are interested. As part of the workshop, you are invited to bring a recording of a favorite song for the group to listen to, yours or someone else’s. 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.

March Song Showdown – 3/6

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The Song Showdown rolls on Wednesday, March 6th at 7 p.m. at Red Dragon TV, 109 E. Lakeside St. in Madison. Hosted by 2010’s Song Showdown winner, Wolfgang Lochner, the Showdown is also webcast live on http://www.reddragontv.tv.

Come to compete, play at the open mic, or to cheer on your favorite performer. Everyone’s welcome to play in the open mic, but you must be an MSG member to compete in the Showdown and new members may sign up at the event.

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.

Songwriters in the Round – 2/23

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Stop by The Brink Lounge on Wednesday, February 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.

February’s featured songwriters include:

Mark Adkins – the mastermind behind Madison’s favorite psychedelic folk noir band, Subvocal.
John Argentiero – strips away the electric layers to attempt acoustic world domination
Steve Schad – an accomplished acoustic guitarist with an eclectic style.

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

Song Critique – 2/16 @ 7pm

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The next song critique happens on Wednesday, February 16th at 7 p.m. at Noodles & Co., 3600 University Avenue. Bring your new and nearly new songs to play live or on CD. Give and get instant feedback on your tunes from a live studio audience of local songwriters. Check out the Events page for more details.