We are bringing the Nashville-style writers round to San Francisco with this first installment of Music City West - a new monthly showcase for Bay Area songwriters!
The following artists (see bios below) will share the stage and take turns performing their original songs while their fellow songwriters provide vocal and musical accompaniment:
Doors open at 6:30pm and performances starts promptly at 7pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the show.
NSAI San Francisco
The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 active and professional members spans the United States and foreign countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.
Samanthsa is a singer songwriter and San Francisco native. She released her first EP, Wandering I, in 2017. Soon after, Samantha began producing her own music and is currently working toward a full length album. Her songs focus on the power of the female voice as well as themes of mental health and acceptance. Recent projects include performing in the Bushwick Bookclub, and writing the music for the musical "Valley of the Dead" (goes up at the Cutting Ball Theater Nov 8-11, 2018).
Jim has been writing songs for 40+ years, used to think he was a rocker, but always gravitated towards heavy pop favorites. One of the original DIY’ers, Jim released a self-produced album in 1982 titled “Boys & Girls” with his brother Joe when they called themselves Duster Cat; went on to co-produce a wild musical roller-coaster called “Darkest Night” in 1984 with the inimitable Ed Call under the Marina Swingers banner; followed that up with composing a theme song and incidental music for a Hermosa Beach community theater production of Prelude to a Kiss in 1990; then released a solo album in 2004 titled “Now and Then” with songs spanning two decades. Since 2015 he’s been immersed with NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) trying to become the best songwriter he can be! The song goes on.
Patrick is a musician based out of Livermore, California and has a diverse musical range as both a solo artist - performing original works of the Americana genre - and playing as a member of the Celtic rock group, Plastic Paddy. Everything that Patrick creates derives from the world around him in a very organic way; he is able to take stories and experiences from his surrounding area and use them to create a product that others can enjoy (something he likens to the “Farm to Table” movement within the food industry). His hope is that no matter the subject matter, that he may be able to offer an experience, be it through emotion or through his storytelling.
Currently considering venturing into licensing for film or television, Patrick is always working on something new. Information about his performances as well as his musical work can be found at patruss.net and at plasticpaddyband.com.
Koli Kohler began writing songs at the age of eight. It was Columbus day and she was inspired after hearing her mother read a Howard Zinn excerpt on Columbus. As a young girl of Yurok, Karuk and Hupa descent, she began songwriting to reveal the brutal treatment to the natives called "Columbus with the Big Butt." Two decades later, Koli continues to use music as her voice over arrangements of piano, guitar or ukulele. Currently a Special Education teacher by day and a songwriter at night, Koli hopes her music has healing and meaning to those listening.
Andrew is a singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist based out of San Francisco, CA. Originally from San Diego, Andrew has been living and performing around the Bay Area since 1998. Inspired by the music of Elton John, Billy Joel and Rufus Wainwright, Andrew puts a piano-first spin on modern-day "blue-eyed soul." He currently lives in San Francisco's Mission District with his husband, Chris, and performs regularly around the Bay Area. Andrew is currently the coordinator for the San Francisco chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and founder of Music City West. Andrew's music can be purchased on iTunes or streamed through Spotify, Pandora, etc. For more information and to sign up for his mailing list, visit andrewbundy.com.