What we're about

Verbal tradition holds that Songmakers was started in the late 1940's as an informal jamming group. A 1963 newsletter reported the club was formally launched in 1953 as a "workshop" for songwriters. Since then it has evolved into a mutual support and social group for songwriters, musicians and singers wanting to improve their craft, meet like-minded folks, play lots of music together, and generally have a lot of FUN! Songmakers was incorporated in the '60s as a non-profit organization with a set of by-laws, a board of directors, and a more formal organizational structure. However, we don't let that interfere with our FUN! Songmakers is somewhat like a folk music club, except that we welcome and embrace a more eclectic mix of musical genres and styles, including country, oldies, bluegrass, gospel, blues, humorous songs, and of course folk. The only common thread is that most (but not all) of what we do is acoustic and all of it is FUN! Hoots, Song Circles, and musical camping weekends are our main activities. A Hoot is a Songmakers sanctioned, formal get-together, usually at a private home, attended by anywhere from 8 to 50 people. Everyone gets one or more turns at which time they may either Perform a song, Lead a sing-along song, request a song or performance by someone else, or simply "Pass." Song circles are similar but informal, and often held in public venues such as restaurants. Songmakers hosts about 20 Hoots or song circles per month in locations from Orange County to Ventura County. We have a June picnic, a February "RoundUp" (concert and election meeting) and four camping weekends every year. We currently have about 400 members who are musicians ranging from beginning to professional and just plain folks that love traditional and acoustic-style music. We are joining the MeetUp social network to spread the word! MeetUp members will receive a free month of Songmakers membership and can attend any of our activities. After a month, we hope they will want to stay, and pay our incredibly inexpensive annual dues of $10 - the best entertainment deal in Southern California!Some of our Ventura County events are listed on the Songmakers- Ventura County MeetUp, and some of our Los Angeles and Orange County events are listed on the Songmakers MeetUp. Although MeetUp recommended two groups for geographical specificity Songmakers is one organization. MeetUp membership in either group entitles you to all Songmaker events for one month and paying the annual $10 dues entitles you to all Songmaker events for one year. Our full event calendar can be accessed through our website: Songmakers.org.

Upcoming events (5+)

Song Circle at the Thousand Oaks Instrumental Music Store

3rdWednesday 7-10pm: Song Circle at the Instrumental Music Store, 1501 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks 91362 (http://mapq.st/1559glG). Led by Pat Cronin. Armless seating provided. Store will be open to Songmakers for equipment, books and accessory purchases with special Songmakers discount. All skill levels welcome! Contact Pat Cronin with any questions[masked] (text or call) or email at: [masked]

Camarillo Song Circle

Camarillo Song Circle

3rd Thursday of every month. Camarillo Song Circle meets at a members and guests only location. Coordinated by Flash Gordon. For Info call Flash at[masked] or email [masked] and be sure to leave a call back number. Every musician / singer gets one or more turns at which time they may either Perform a song, Lead a sing-along song, or simply Pass. The Meetup RSVPs are misleading as most active Songmakers.org members do not RSVP. We usually have 8-16 participants. Mostly, only new meetup members RSVP so do RSVP and come join us! For Songmaker events in Ventura Co., check out: https://www.meetup.com/Songmakers-Ventura-County/ For additional Songmaker event locations outside of Ventura County, check out: https://www.meetup.com/Songmakers For information about the non-profit Songmakers of Southern California, check out: https://www.Songmakers.org (https://www.songmakers.org/) Flash Gordan

Ventura Bell Arts Hoot

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4th Friday 7-10pm: VENTURA BELL ARTS HOOT at the Bell Mattress Factory, 432 N Ventura Ave., Ventura, 93001 (http://www.mapquest.com/maps?addressInput=432+N+Ventura+Ave.%2C+Ventura%2C+93001). If 101N, exit California St., right then left on E Thompson Blvd., right on S Ventura Ave. to 432. If 101S, exit Ventura Ave to 432. Light refreshments are served. Every musician / singer gets one or more turns at which time they may either Perform a song, Lead a sing-along song, or simply "Pass." Info: [masked] or Mike Wittlin[masked] and be sure to leave a call back number. Note: The Meetup RSVPs are misleading as most active members of the non profit Songmakers do not RSVP. We usually have 12-26 participants. Mostly, only new meetup members RSVP so do RSVP and come join us! For Songmaker events in Ventura Co., check out https://www.meetup.com/Songmakers-Ventura-County/ For additional Songmaker event locations outside of Ventura County, check out https://www.meetup.com/Songmakers . For information about the non-profit Songmakers of Southern California, check out https://www.Songmakers.org (https://www.songmakers.org/).

CAMARILLO HOOT

Camarillo Center for Spirtual Living

4th Mondays 7-10pm: CAMARILLO HOOT led by Laraine Hall & TJ Zeiler at the Camarillo Center for Spiritual Living, 340 Mobil Ave, Camarillo 93010. From the 101 S, exit 53B toward CA-34/Lewis Rd, right onto Ventura Blvd., right onto Arneill Rd, left onto E Daily Dr. right onto Mobil Ave. to 340 on right. From 101 N, exit 53B toward CA-34/Lewis Rd., left onto E Daily Dr., right onto Mobil Ave. to 340 on right. Info: TJ via [masked] or[masked]. No food or snacks except what you bring for yourself. Piano available. Plenty of seating. No alcohol please.

Past events (376)

Port Hueneme Song Circle

Hueneme Bay Clubhouse

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