VOCAL Songwriters Showcase #300

Virginia's longest continuously running Songwriters Showcase.

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O'Toole's Restaurant & Pub
4800 Forest Hill Ave.
Richmond, VA 23225
Phone 804-233-1781

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How to Play

If you would like to be included to play the showcase, be sure to contact us to get on the list. Your dues must be current to play. We may request an audition tape if we are unfamiliar with you or your material.

The Live showcase format features original music only. A variety of songwriters and styles are represented with changing formats

One of the important and most misunderstood skills of songwriting is performance, and that’s why the VOCAL Songwriters Showcase has been going full tilt for over 20 years. In a local venue, in front of a real crowd (fortunately, mostly songwriters like yourself), you can hone the craft of delivering stories set to melody.

Each month on the third Monday, we gather from 8:00 p.m. till 9:30 p.m. to see and hear three or four of Virginia’s songwriting musicians let us in on their best stuff. The performance list is open to all VOCAL members and the Showcase is open to the public. With slots assigned generally on a first come-first serve basis at least a week prior to the show, it’s not just another open mic night.

You’re expected to show up with your woodshedding done, yet more than a few showcase performances have been introduced with the comment, “I just wrote this today, and I’d really like to know what you think.”

Fresh, fearless and always friendly, the VOCAL Songwriters Showcase is one of the great benefits of VOCAL membership, a real stage where you can get your “C” legs and find out first hand how audiences react to your compositions. Come on down one third Monday and hear for yourself!

- Russell Lawson