Starting this month, top musicians from Central New York will be sharing their original songs at a new concert series called the Words and Music Songwriter Showcase. Sponsored by the Folkus Project, the series will feature established and emerging artists of all genres in an up-close-and-personal acoustic setting. Performers on the opening night, Jan. 25 include Lisa Gentile, Timothy Daniel, Dusty Pas'cal, Leo Crandall (Gonstermachers) and host, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
This region has so many talented and creative musicians who don't find enough opportunities to share their original music in a real listening-room atmosphere, says Rodgers, a singer-songwriter, author (Rock Troubadours), NPR contributor (All Things Considered), and founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine. This series is all about celebrating and building the music community.
Each monthly show includes:
l A featured artist performing a full set, plus four songwriters in the round.
l The Song Schmooze, where musicians and music lovers mingle over a drink and a bite to eat.
l Plus special guests...surprise collaborations...and the Soundbite of the Night, where Rodgers shares a memorable moment from his extraordinary archive of interviews with artists such as Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Jerry Garcia, Ani DiFranco, and Dave Matthews.
The series' home base is Jazz Central, an intimate theater at 441 East Washington St. in downtown Syracuse. Tickets are $7 at the door, and show time is 7:30 sharp. Space is limited and reservations are recommended; e-mail