The Bluebird Cafe, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, hits the road February 2019 for a string of open mic nights in Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City during Tennessee Songwriters Week. The events emphasize a state statute honoring songwriters passed earlier this year, and give four winners the chance to perform their original material at the historic Bluebird Cafe.
The Bluebird Cafe’s long-time open mic night host, songwriter Barbara Cloyd will host each event and a panel of local judges will select the top songwriter from each event. Those four winners convene at The Bluebird Cafe on Sunday, March 31, 2019 during Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival to perform before an audience that includes music publishing professionals. Each winner also earns an additional prize pack, including passes to Tin Pan South. Events are scheduled as follows, with additional details forthcoming:
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 – Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 – The Camp House in Chattanooga
Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 – WDVX in Knoxville
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 – The Down Home in Johnson Cit
The state statute passed earlier this year annually designates the last full week of February as “Tennessee Songwriters Week." The week is designed to celebrate the foundation of the craft, recognize past and present songwriters and pave the way for future artists. The week will be February 17-23 in 2019.
Local businesses are encouraged to participate in Tennessee Songwriters Week by programming special events such as open mic nights and songwriter showcases that celebrate songwriters and drive visitation.
Sign-ups for songwriters participating in the Open Mic Nights will begin in January. For more information as it becomes available, visit tennesseesongwritersweek.com.