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:11= T= "ra - September 26, 2012 VOuR COMMUNITV Page 13 Local mu,;icians ()rfer songwrit00.00rs ' show and tell By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era John McIntosh and Steve Burtch of Sweet Home will host the first of a monthly music night Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Ameri- can Legion Hall, and are inviting other song- writers and singers to come and perform for an audience. "We're renting it the last Saturday of ev- ery month," Mclntosh said. "We're.calling it the Sweet Home Song and Grind." There is no cover charge, and coffee is free, Mclntosh said. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. "We're inviting anyone who wants to participate," McIntosh said. Each musician will perform up to two songs. "We're encouraging songwriters = I o guess, encouraging original music," Burtch said. "I think there's a good opportunity for locals who write songs and want to show up in front of a live audience." They're encouraging primarily blues, classical and folk, coffee shop, singer-song- writer style music, Mclntosh said. They're open to all kinds of music, but bringing in a full drum kit is a little too much for the facil- ity. And the music should be family-friendly. Children are welcome. "They'll need to be able to come up and quickly set up," Mclntosh said. A house PA system will be available. They're looking for singers accompa- nied by instruments, not karaoke, Burtch said. "I just think you really have a desire when you write to showcase it," he said. "I think there's probably a great wealth of talent in this town that has no venue to get out." Playing for an audience is a lot more fun that just writing, playing and recording, he said. This event also will give people a chance to hear others play, and that's a great opportunity to learn more. "Since I started playing with John, it's been a great influence on me," Burtch said. Playing with others is a way to break out of a rut. It is not an open mic situation, Mclntosh said. Performers should contact Burtch or Mclntosh if they plan to play. Both have been playing and writing since they were teens, and they've been playing together for about a year. They knew each other before working at Twin Oaks, but they met musically at the National Day of Prayer in Sweet Home last year, Burtch said. Burtch was maintenance director at Twin Oaks, and Mclntosh was a grounds- keeper. Mclntosh also has played for the residents there. "I just write because I love to create something that has a beginning and end - Photo by Sean C. Morgan John Mclntosh and Steve Burtch of Sweet Home talk about the songwriter showcase they are planning as a monthly event. just for the love of it," Mclntosh said. Biartch said he played with bands for several years, and he worked for Gibson gui- ts. "I think ultimately I realized I" wasn't going to sell a song, but you keep doing it," Burtch said. "It brings you joy." "It's fun and helps you think," Mclntosh said. "Don't be shy," Burtch said. "Come give it a try." There's no pressure, he said. It's just a time to share and have fun. For information or to perform, call Mclntosh at (541) 367-5651 or Burtch at (541) 818-0630. neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes. "it AMERICAN FAMILY "It [:_v, pc! ] :. let * OUR FAMILY INVITES YOUR FAMILY TO .OUR NEW LARGER LOCATION! HUNTING SALE o CAMPING GEAR CAST IRON PORTABLE TOILET CABANA MUCH MORE ON SALE NOW! - .... ........ :: GET 1 CATEGORY TITLE :: (360, PS3, Wll, or PS2) :: FREE RENTAL Not valid with any other offers. : : Not valid with any other Offers. Account required, Offer expir 11/15/12 i i Account required, Offer expires 11/15/12 w, =====wwwmmiiiiiiiilnwiimmmmmml aaiiniiinmm== mm==wmw===miimi ' Seamingly Creative FABRIC - NOTIONS - HANDMADE GIFTS 25% OFF Anything With Flowers or Leaves 1245 MAIN STREET I 541.367.8934 LEBTER I]IILEI] 1602 18TH AVE. l 541-367-5174 Il[[S Iil[[l IB flll I tllflHmff IlmRl NUIJ g Rllm | r 10% OFF All Dog & Cat Chews ,.Treats Toys With coupon I Expires 10/11/12 I Limit: One per customer O,K COUHTRY FEED 6 SUPPLY FOR ALL YOUR PET & LIVESTOCK NEEDS I 250 Main Street, Sweet Home 541-367-1600 Locally Owned & Operated I Open Daily I I k , i J 35e0 te Gifts I Decor I Flowers I Come check out our new vendorsl Signs & Decor * Handcrafted bud wooden items 1141 Long Street 541-367-2938 METAL DETECTOR SPECIAL: WHITE'S MXT PRO S8O OFF PLUS FREE BAG ($49.95 VALUE) LADLES, STOP BY WHILE YOUR MAN IS HUNTIN6 FOR SOME NEW HOME DECOR! NEW SWEET HOME SOUVENIRS: Hats I Mugs I Shids ili!!!!!iill iili : ((-: ,LI 3 LEATHER-APPAREL-ACCESSORIES-HOUSEHOLD ITEMS CUSTOM BUILT 8 USED MOTORCYCLES 541.367,8866 I 4639 HIGHWAY 20i WWW.SWEETHOMCHOP?ES.COM Now WE'VE GIlT WHAT Y[)U HEEl) 5480 Hwv 20 l 541-367-8899 Find us on Facebook THINK LOCAL SHOP LOCAL, KEEP NG MONEY IN OUR LOCAL ECONOMY