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Songsalive! & GoGirlsMusic Chicago Songwriters Showcase

Be a part of the Songsalive! & GoGirlsMusic Chicago Showcase!!!


TIME: Starts 8:00PM.

2124 W. Lawrence
Chicago, IL 60625

COST: FREE. Open to the public. BYOB.  Come support original music in an intimate setting!



Mary Lemanski started her professional music career at age 11, playing pipe organ. For the past 13 years, Mary has released her original music as MP3s on the Internet. In 2004, she placed runner-up in the Song of the Year Contest, had a Top 10 Hit on's New Wave charts, and performed at the One World Festival in St. Cloud, MN. In 2005, she was showcased at Earth Mother Mind Jam in Tempe, AZ, the Putt Putt Pub Crawl in St. Louis, MO, and the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA. In May 2006, Mary won honorable mention in the R&B/Hip-Hop category of the Song of the Year Contest. In 2010, Mary Lemanski released her first full-length CD, "Eclectic." Since releasing "Eclectic," Mary has performed at Six Flags Great America and was a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Song of the Year songwriting contest. She was also a Regional Winner in Flavorpill's A Band Apart competition and was featured on the Chicago Regional Winners mixtape. Mary earned a Music/Business Administration degree from Millikin University, a certification in audio engineering from the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences, and an MBA in e-Business from the University of Phoenix. She is the Chicago coordinator for Songsalive!, an international songwriting organization. Mary has worked widely in the music industry, including Epitaph Records, BMG Entertainment, Clear Channel Radio,, and Rhino Staging. Mary has done songwriting, marketing, and image consultation for many record labels and individual artists. She wrote columns for and LooseyLucy's Headquarters and opened for Marky Ramone & the Speed Kings, D.I., and Val Emmich. She is currently working on her third full-length album.  For more information on Mary, visit


Sandy Andina is a veteran of the Chicago folk scene, with detours along the way into rock & roll, comedy, politics and motherhood -- all of which inform her incisive original songs, serious & funny. As a solo artist, Sandy plays acoustic guitar and mountain dulcimer, but in collaboration doubles on bass guitar, harmonica and baritone ukelele.  With her current singing partner, Stephen Lee Rich, their duo, Andina & Rich have two albums out: 2006’s “Because We Can” on Travenia, the title track of which was a Dr. Demento favorite, and 2010’s “Two Guitars, a Dulcimer and an Attitude” on DulciYodel — listed in 7 categories on the 2010 Grammy ballot and all 14 cuts of which have gotten airplay. Sandy is currently working on her second solo disc “Candy Apple Red Herring,” as well as the followup and holiday Andina & Rich CDs. She plays clubs, concerts and festivals all over Chicagoland, the rest of the Midwest, and occasionally Mid-Atlantic, mid-South, West and far West—as well as the Chicago Bar Association’s annual “Christmas Spirits” satirical musical revue. Check Sandy out at her website:



* You must be able to guarantee a min. of 3-5 guests.
* Minimum 3 song acoustic or electric set.
* You must be a Songsalive! PRO Member or a GoGirlsElite Member. Join on our websites. Information below.
* Existing Songsalive! PRO Members log into BACKSTAGE from our website and click "Apply To Showcase."
* Existing GoGirlsElite Members, please email Mary Lemanski at [masked].


This Songwriters Showcase is a joint effort between:


The largest international non-profit membership organization and social community for songwriters and composers, since 1997.

GOGIRLSMUSIC is the oldest and largest online community of indie women musicians. Our mission is to promote, support and empower indie women in music.

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  • Mary L.

    The Chicago chapters of Songsalive! & hosted our first bi-monthly songwriters showcase in 1 1/2 years at Borelli Pizza ( Sandy Andina and Mary Lemanski did a Bluebird Café-style songwriters in the round, where they would improvise and sing harmonies with each other’s songs. It was a lot of fun for the songwriters, and the audience really seemed to enjoy the showcase. Borelli Pizza has a baby grand piano, a Roland keyboard, a drum set, a stand-up bass, and acoustic-electric guitar and lots of random other instruments in house. The jamming possibilities are endless! If you have a question or are interested in performing at a showcase, email [masked] for more information or Songsalive! PRO members can log on to, visit the Backstage, and “Apply to Showcase.”

    June 2, 2014

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  • Mary L. +50
    Songsalive! Chicago Chapter Coordinator, Organizer,
    Event Host

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