The inaugural Tennessee Songwriters Week kicks off Feb. 17-23. Partners, businesses and venues are encouraged to participate by programming special events such as open mic nights and songwriter showcases. When partners create an event for the event calendar on tnvacation.com, there will be a flag to select it as a “Songwriters Week” event. Events emphasize the state statute passed to celebrate the foundation of the craft, recognize past and present songwriters and pave the way for future artists.
In an effort to draw added attention to the special week, TDTD and The Bluebird Cafe will host a string of Open Mic Nights across the state.
- Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 – Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis – 7 p.m.
- Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 – The Camp House in Chattanooga - 7 p.m.
- Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 – WDVX at Visit Knoxville in Knoxville – 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 – The Down Home in Johnson City – 7 p.m.
The Bluebird Cafe’s long-time open mic night host, songwriter Barbara Cloyd, will host each event.
A panel of local judges will select the top songwriter from each event. Those four winners get the chance to perform their original material at The Bluebird. Each winner also earns a prize pack, including passes to Tin Pan South.
Sign-ups for songwriters participating in the four Open Mic Nights begin January 31. For more information as it becomes available, visit tennesseesongwritersweek.com.