SAMI Song Sharing Meeting:

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Lower Level, West Entrance Tippecanoe Arts Federation, 638 North Street Lafayette, IN 47901-1153 (map)

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Applications Are Now Being Accepted!!



2014 Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters


 “A scholarship for the advancement of young songwriters”

Who- The Songwriters Association of Mid-north Indiana (SAMI)

What- Currently accepting applications for the 2014 Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters, which includes the special Mike Lane Horizon Award. This scholarship and award exists for the purpose of developing, recognizing and supporting area youth in the advancement of their songwriting skills.

Who Can Apply- Candidates must be between the ages of 14 and 19 at the time of application and be a permanent resident of one of the following Indiana counties to apply: Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren and White.

When- Applications being accepted until April 4, 2014.

Winner Will Receive: 
1. $500 cash award to be applied toward the Shirley Martin Scholarship winner’s education, a musical instrument or other songwriting-supporting endeavor.  Other cash awards for runners-up and the Mike Lane Horizon Award.
2. Performance opportunities.
3. Local publicity.

How and Where to Apply:
Applications and instructions can be downloaded (click here) or write to:
The Tippecanoe Arts Federation
638 North Street
Lafayette, IN,  47901

 Distribution: Winners will be notified on or before May 5, 2014.

For additional information email Barrett Myers at heybarrett@gmail.com

Saturday, January 25, 2014

SAMI’s 2013 Year in Review:


May:
·      MindBoggling Event: an all day event at the Lilly Nature Center, located at the Celery Bog Nature Preserve in West Lafayette.  Featured live performances from Greg Jones, Mike Byers, Amanda Fletcher, Joe Peters, Barrett Myers, and Michael Longcor.
 
·      The 13th annual Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters Awards night: with 1st place going to Hunter Taylor, co-Runners Up, Miguel Odron & Chase  Cotton, 2nd RunnerUp, Justin Woods, and the Mike Lane Horizon Award going to Dominick Rivers!
July:
·      RiverFest:  SAMI provided live music all throughout the day in Tapawingo Park along the Wabash River.  Featured performers were Lee Anna Atwell, Paul Foster, Joe Peters, Greg Jones, John Lacy, Briagha McTavish, Mike Longcor, Chase Cotton & Brandon Fulk, Jordan Friend, Annie Hatke Schap, and Cheryl Fletcher.








August:
·      2nd Mosey for the Arts in Downtown Lafayette.  Located on the corner stage of Main and 6th, Featured were Kara Richards, Chase Cotton and Brandon Fulk, Joe Peters, and Briagha McTavish.

September:
·      1st Annual Coal Creek Music Festival in Waynetown featuring SAMI’s own, Briagha McTavish, as one of the performers.  Proceeds benefitted the Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriting!
November:
·      Sights & Sound in an Opera House Town: Songwriters and visual artists collaborated in this event that celebrated the Delphi Opera House and drew awareness to the upcoming restoration. The event was created by SAMI’s Scott Greeson and watercolorist Rena Brouwer. Pairs of songwriters and artists worked together to inspire each other. Their resulting works and collaborative stories were featured at the event.  
·      TAXI Road Rally in California: A few SAMI members made their way across the country to attend this annual music industry conference.  Several exciting connections and lots of great stories resulted.
·      Ichiban Open Mic: was a short-lived Open Mic hosted by Jason Wells.  It was an opportunity that several SAMI members took advantage of after the November meeting. Live performances included: Greg Jones, Lee Anna Atwell, Jeff Anderson, Joe Peters, Linda Hicks, Cheryl Fletcher, Amanda Fletcher, Briagha McTavish, and Jason Wells.
December:
·      SAMI Holiday Party & White Elephant Gift Exchange: Featured coveted gifts included Mike Byers’ unique sculpture entitled, “Trinary Hazard Device,” and Michael Longcor’s strange, but somehow compelling, fake terra cotta gnome!














Those are just some of the highlights from this past year.  2014 is yet unwritten…much like that song that you’ve had on the back burner for a while now. Isn’t it time to dust it off, rework it and maybe bring it to the next SAMI meeting?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

SAMI Member Joe Peters set to release new CD on January 10th, 2014
 
last gasp by the joedai zombies
 
Featuring Joe Peters, Michael Kelsey & Friends
 
Including SAMI members past & present
 
Linda Hicks, Lee Anna Atwell, Mike Byers, Eric Hicks, Cheryl & Amanda Fletcher, Chase Cotten
 
CD Release Concert Friday, January 10th from 7-10pm
 
Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Street, West Lafayette




Friday, August 09, 2013

Mosey Down Main Street with SAMI


Come out to the 6th and Main Street Stage on Saturday August 10th for the 2nd Mosey for the Arts in downtown Lafayette.  

Scheduled SAMI Showcase performers:
6:30 – Kara Richards
6:45 - Chase Cotten and Brandon Fulk
7:00 - Joe Peters
7:15 - Briagha McTavish 
To see the Lafayette Journal and Courier's TGIF article about it, plus additional info on this Mosey,  click here!

Monday, July 08, 2013

SAMI to Provide Live Music at the Wabash RiverFest 2013

 


RiverFest Has Something For Everyone!  

Saturday July 13th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Tapawingo Park, West Lafayette, IN.

RiverFest was created with kids and families in mind, all for FREE! 

• Pony Rides • Big Bounce House • Educational Exhibits • Games & Puzzles• Exciting Canoe Races • Local Food Vendors • Live Entertainment • Corn Hole Tournament • The Riverbank 

SAMI will provide live music all throughout the day with the following schedule of performers:

9:00 - Lee Anna Atwell
9:30 - Paul Foster
10:00 - Joe Peters
10:30 - Greg Jones
11:00 - John Lacy
11:30 - Briagha McTavish
noon - Mike Longcor
12:45 - Chase Cotten & Brandon Fulk
1:30 - Jordan Friend
2:00 - Annie Hatke Schap
2:30 - writers in the round
 Come out and celebrate on the banks of our Wabash River!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

SAMI Members to Perform!
 
Saturday, May 18th (9am to 4pm), 2013 MindBogling Event

SAMI performances in support of the MindBogling Event at the Lilly Nature Center, Celery Bog Nature Preserve, West Lindberg Road, West Lafayette:


10:00 am - 10:45 am

| Greg Jones (10:00-10:20)

| Mike Byers (10:25 -10:45)


12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

| Amanda Fletcher (12:00-12:20)

| Joe Peters (12:25-12:45)


2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

| Barrett Myers (2:00-2:20)

| Mike Longcor (2:25-2:45)


Greg Jones (10:00-10:20) 

Biography

Born and raised in southern Michigan with a heart for the North Woods, Greg is a solo acoustic artist currently residing in Lafayette, Indiana. Greg also plays guitar and mandolin and sings in the Acoustic Americana duo, The Rust Buckets, with John Lacy. Greg has always loved singer songwriters with a knack for incredible story telling, and until recently was content to play other people’s music.

If you enjoy laid back, lemonade sippin, Americana style songwriting, with heartfelt lyrics of love lost and found, struggles with the day to day, but hope for tomorrow; then give Greg a listen. Producing a big sound armed with only a single guitar and his voice, Greg’s songs leave you thinking well after the last note is sung. Personally connecting with the audience is important to Greg, and his wit and heartfelt lyrics will have you feeling as though he is performing in your own living room or backyard.

Greg has performed at the Regional Artists Showcase at the 2011 Indiana Fiddler’s Gathering, 2011 Wabash Riverfest, Lafayette Live, Vienna Espresso Bar, regularly at Delphi Music Center, as well as living rooms and backyards throughout Indiana and Michigan.



Mike Byers (10:25 -10:45)

Biography

Mike Byers work with glass, metal and wood for the most part. Some would call this being an artist, but Mike says he really just makes stuff. Mike plays traditional Celtic music with a band called, oddly enough, Bailiff's Hollow and reads for the fun of it, but considering what he does to make a living, just about everything is "for the fun of it" as far as he’s concerned. Mike’s been a pilot, a covert operations type and even had a more-or-less honest job with an engineering company for about ten years. All in all, making stuff is a whole lot more fun, says Mike. Mike performs on guitar and vocals, and will be joined by Chuck Wittemore (bodhran, whistle, Irish flute).

To hear music by Mike Byers, check out http://www.reverbnation.com/mikebyers47or http://bailiffs-hollow.blogspot.comto read Mike’s blog.

Amanda Fletcher

Biography


Amanda Fletcher is a 20 year old singer/songwriter and a member of the Songwriters Association of Mid-north Indiana. At 14 she began performing her original songs and gaining recognition in the Lafayette, IN area. By age 15 Amanda was the youngest person ever to win the Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters. In 2008 she recorded at Hoosier Surf Records and in September released her CD entitled Breaking Free.

Amanda enjoys writing songs, singing, playing the piano and collaborating with other musicians both local and national. Her music has been featured on Fm 106.3, FM 103.9, & on Am 920. Amanda performs at various venues in and about town and made her Taste of Tippecanoe debut in 2009 on the Songwriter’s Stage.

Check out Amanda’s music here http://www.reverbnation.com/amandafletcher


Joe Peters

Biography

Joe Peters is a singer-songwriter who has released eight CDs of original music since 1998, and can often be found performing around Indiana and elsewhere in theMidwest. Joe came of age during the late 60s and early 70s, and his songs hearken back to a time when young people sought the experience of peace, love and adventure and expressed this search in their music. Through his own music, Joe hopes to rekindle in others that spark of the truth seeker that was awakened in him long ago by the songs of other introspective songwriters. Many of Joe’s songs are influenced by oriental philosophies and were written while living and working overseas. Moreover, as a former professor of environmental science and natural resources management, Joe’s music often embraces environmental themes, including land stewardship, a sense of place and community and the love of nature.

Joe and his music have been frequently featured on the Local Music Show and Acoustic Blend, WBAA (AM 920), Voice of the Independent Artist, now The Local Thunder (Fm 106.3 & 103.9), and Rock-It Local (FM 95.7). Joe opened for country superstar, Lorrie Morgan at the Lafayette Theater, and Joe played the Taste of Tippecanoe songwriter stage in 2009, with Deep & Simple in 2010; the Horizon Stage in 2012 and the Marquis Stage this June 15. Joe’s tunes have been the soundtrack to a number of Hoosier Artisan Rena Brouwer’s paintings over the years. The duo has performed live in galleries & other venues in front of audiences around Indiana, including the LillyNature Center. Peters plays while Brouwer paints.

Joe’s song, Sail Away, won top honors at the First Annual Blooming-Tunes songwriting contest in 2009. His original musical slide show, Root of the Matter, is featured on the Catholic Relief Services website.

Check out Joe’s music here http://www.reverbnation.com/joepetersand here http://www.youtube.com/user/joedaiwarriors.

Barrett Myers

Biography

There's something stirring in the heart of Barrett Myers, and chances are that he's written a song about it. Barrett loves a catchy melody, but something within yearns for depth and meaning; all of this shines through in soulful performances of his Folksy compositions on acoustic guitar. He's got more than a handful of heartfelt ballads about life, love and the journey, written on the road and at home in Indiana. These are complemented by upbeat and clever tunes that celebrate the wondrous goodness of thermal underwear and the 95 cent Burger King soft-serve ice cream cone.

Born in Coloradoand with roots in Kentucky, Barrett has been writing and performing music since a fateful road trip one spring day in 2008. Lately he's been seen entertaining the crowds at various coffee shops and open mic nights around the Lafayette area.

To hear more, see upcoming shows, or book Barrett for a private event, send an email to heybarrett@gmail.com or check out http://www.barrettmyers.com


Michael Longcor

Biography

Singer, songwriter, great performer, Michael has it all. His range of music is impressive, ballads from the past like the material on Lovers, Heroes & Rogues, Kipling set to music on Norman & Saxon, Mercedes Lackey inspired songs on Owlflight, and a whole collection of funny songs that defy description. Truck driving vampires, Cajun spacemen, and very motivated dogs all have been song topics for Michael’s fertile imagination.