(This is not currently an SiS driven event, though it - or something similar - could become one. You are encouraged to check it out and give feedback here both on the event itself and the venue)
Songwriters in the Round is intended to be an ongoing series featuring local singer/songwriters. The series will employ the time honored folk tradition of the "guitar pull," in which musicians sit together with their guitars and take turns singing whatever tickles their fancy. The three hour show will also include banter among the writers providing insight to their methods, inspirations and experiences. The idea was popularized at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee as a way for writers to showcase their songwriting.
Courtney Marie Andrews is a young singer/songwriter originally from Phoenix, Arizona. She began songwriting at age 15 and has since released four full length albums. She travels and plays her music around America and Europe. Andrews recorded backup vocals for the band Jimmy Eat World on their album Invented and toured with them during the 2010/2011 season. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YFRCwfoalY
Karla Cruz began her musical studies as a ten year old violin student and, by her senior year in high school, was named a Gold Medalist with the Seattle Symphony. Next, she studied vocal jazz and performed with the Green River Music Company. Venturing into the writing of original music, Karla garnered a Billboard Songwriting Award for the title track on the first of her three CD‘s. She is currently the Music Director at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karla-Cruz/51535508598#!/pages/Karla-Cruz/[masked]?sk=app_[masked]
Award-winning songwriter Rob Kneisler originally hails from Michigan where he was extremely active musically in his earlier years, performing in venues all around the Great Lakes Region. But then there was a relatively quiet decade or two where Rob didn’t get out much and could frequently be found hunkered over a guitar in a dark room trying to figure out how guys like Bruce Cockburn, Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges managed to do what they did. Now that this is mostly out of his system, Rob is back out in public again doing what comes naturally: learning, writing, laughing and accurately playing far more Bruce Cockburn tunes than one would ordinarily expect an individual to know. About Rob's fingerstyle technique, J. W. McClure says that, "archeologists many years from now will find that thumb and wonder what it was used for." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9LNQznYMho&list=PL6701CE43798705B8&feature=player_detailpage