· 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!
· 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.
· 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.
· 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!
· 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.
· 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?
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