Monday, January 8 * Doors open at 6pm * Showcase begins at 7 pm
Tickets: $5 Members; $8 Not-yet-Members
Tickets Available Here
The Fogartyville Songwriters Series is a new showcase opportunity to highlight some of the region’s best songwriting talent. Our first event in the series will be hosted by Carmela Pedicini, lead vocalist with the band Passerine. Joining her on stage will be songwriters Justin Kaiser and Kelly Goddard.
Carmela Pedicini will be our host for the first event in the 2024 Songwriter Series. Carmela has been a singer/songwriter and active locally as a performing musician since she played her first professional gig at the age of 16. She has recorded five full length albums – one with Radio Free Carmela and the Transmitters, and 4 with her current band, Passerine. Touring nationally and internationally with Passerine, she has shared her songs in every kind of venue from pubs to listening rooms, from coffeehouses to big festival stages, from intimate house concerts to big auditorium stages.
Kelly Goddard is a singer and songwriter From Tallahassee, FL. As one-third of the band, The New 76ers, she has toured and played in venues and festivals all over Florida and the southeast. Her original songs span from eternal themes of love and loss, redemption, and forgiveness to existential themes like a warming climate and a woman’s right to choose. Kelly is learning new things and dipping her toes into new waters, playing solo a little more, but her highest hope remains to connect with others and spread joy and love through her music.
In the neon-lit underbelly of Nashville, Justin Kaiser punched his ticket ’til age 12, then hitched a ride to the savage lands of Florida. At 15, armed with a stolen guitar, he plunged into a twisted odyssey of self-taught chords and outlawed tunes. His music? Picture John Prine on a bender with Elvis Costello, while Johnny Cash deals blackjack in the corner with XTC in his AirPods. Now, he is the mad conductor steering the ship of chaos known as Crater Lake. “Pacino,” their attempt at a debate album, is on Spotify, haunting the digital wastelands. Join the ride, where every note is a shot of adrenaline and every lyric a mind-bending trip into the heart of sonic madness.
The Fogartyville showcase will present three solo singer-songwriters performing four songs each.
Following the showcase, we will host an Open Round for musicians, inviting any singer-songwriters in the audience to submit their name for a chance to be picked at random to play a few songs. The Open Round is a good place for musicians to try out new material, meet other songwriters, practice performance skills and become a part of the local songwriting community. Feedback from the audience is welcomed. Anyone is eligible to play at the Open Round as long as your material is original. (This is an acoustic event, no pre-recorded tracks allowed).
Monday, February 12 – Host Matt Frost will be joined by Andres Colin and Tanya Radtke
Monday, March 11 – Host Rebekah Pulley will be joined by Kip Kelley and Doug Burns.
Monday, April 8 – Host Dean Johanesen will be joined by Karlus Trapp and Sara Nelms.
Monday, May 13 – Host Justin Layman will be joined by Bill Vinhage and Emily Frost.
Sponsored by the Watts Family Endowment for Arts & Education.
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