Songsalive! & GoGirlsMusic Chicago Songwriters Showcase & Open Mic

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


NEXT: Saturday, November 29, 2014

TIME: Showcase starts at 8:00PM.
Sign up for open mic from 8:00-9:00 PM.
Open mic from 9:00-10:00 PM.

2124 W. Lawrence
Chicago, IL 60625

COST: FREE. All ages. Open to the public. BYOB. Please order food to support the venue.  

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.  Her duo Andina & Rich have three albums out (the majority of which songs are her originals) and one on the way: 2006’s “Because We Can” on Travenia, the title track of which was a Dr. Demento favorite, 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--and their just-released holiday EP "Merry Humbug" and about-to-be-released (Jan. 2015) album "Chasing Lightning." Sandy is currently working on her second solo disc “Candy Apple Red Herring,” the long-awaited followup to her debut "Ghosts & Angels." Her former duo SASS! also released "SASS! Album One."  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.You may have heard her on Dr. Demento, WFMT's "Midnight Special," WDCB's "Folk Festival," NPR's syndicated "River City Folk" and on broadcast, satellite and internet radio worldwide. Sandy's had two indie artists cover her songs on record, several in performance and several more preparing to record covers; and won Honorable Mention (top 5% of entrants) in the national Chick Singer Night songwriting contest.  She's also a two-time JustPlainFolks Music Awards winner. She's's current Songwriter of the Year, preparing to turn over her crown to the next winner in December. Check Sandy out at her website: as well as on ReverbNation, Facebook, Broadjam and Twitter. You can find her music for sale and for play on as well as iTunes and numerous other download and streaming sites.



* 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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  • michael t.

    I am looking forward to the next event.

    November 30

    • Mary L.

      Hi Michael! We will have another showcase & open mic on January 31st.

      1 · December 3

  • LJ

    How much to just attend?

    November 18

  • Mary L.

    LJ, the showcase & open mic are FREE!

    November 19

  • michael t.

    I am a seasoned musician. I play jazz guitar and I would be a great backup for singers who are interested in performing intimately with their audience. I'm just saying!

    1 · November 10

    • Mary L.

      Come to the Open Mic, Michael!

      November 15

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