Sunday, September 27, 2009

Songalive! showcase Friday

Had a long week?
What can be better than to relax Friday night in a cool venue, great food, and great live music?Songsalive! LA has reinvented TGIF!!

Songsalive! Los Angeles Showcase at Hallenbecks
Featuring talented songwriters from around the globe, the Songsalive! Showcases are the best industry secret, a great happening all around the world. Songsalive! Showcases are a very cozy, intimate and acoustic environment where media and music industry representatives often drop by to check out the latest talent. Showcase your music and support our Songsalive! national and international live events and showcases presenting songwriters and artists of original music. Showcases are conducted globally.

Friday, October 2nd
Show starts 7:30 pm

Hallenbeck's & Cahuenga General Store
5510 Cahuenga Blvd
North Hollywood, California 91601-2919
On Caheunga Blvd. 1/2 block north of Chandler on the right - next to The Actors Bootcamp
Light meals available

$8 donation at the door (cash).
Supports the venue and our non profit efforts.
As Songsalive! is a 501c)3) non profit charity, it is tax deductible. Ask for a receipt if necessary.

The Songsalive! Los Angeles Showcase features a new venue, a new date, and a new format! Songsalive returns to Hallenbeck's after a couple of years. Hallenbeck's is an well known venue for acoustic Los Angeles Songwriters and performers - they have a small stage with a great sound system, great food and drinks, it is family friendly too, with free parking on the street

We have three performers who will be doing sets in two rounds - so nice you hear them all twice! And we'll have a short intermission in the middle for food, stretching, and conversation.


Angela Leo
She’s walked across fire, parachuted from airplanes and made camp in the heart of the Costa Rican rain forest, but Angela Leo’s most courageous act to date is writing songs. Within the tightly crafted lyrics and emotional agility that defines her debut CD,Cognitive Dissonance, the Hollywood-based Leo neatly grafts the evolved sensibility of a poet to her songs.

“I didn’t write these songs, the songs wrote me. They came out of my experience, and I have to be true to their souls.”

Originally from the Bay Area, Angela performs in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood clubs like Knitting Factory, Viper Room and The Cat Club.

Billy Moschella and Serenity
'Serenity' is a Contemporary Folk Music Duo comprised of singer/songwriter Billy Moschella, Jr., (whose song 'Close to Home' is featured on the new 'Art of Men' Songsalive! CD compilation album), and acoustic guitarist/songwriter Keigo Yoshida Sprague. They are joined on drums by long-time Hollywood promoter Troy 'T-Roy' Berry.

The group draws inspiration from a wide variety of musical influences, everything from the haunting, slow core melodies of Azure Ray to the folk/rock/pop rhythms of John Mayer. The duo combines the soft, sultry vocals and poetic lyrics of lead vocalist Billy Moschella, Jr. with the creative and heart-felt compositions of guitarist & composer Keigo Yoshida Sprague. Their individual musical styles and approaches to songwriting blend together beautifully to create a unique and original musical sound.

Alex Nester
Alex is doing was she was born to do: SING! But she doesnt just sing...she writes, she creates, she communicates. Blending gospel, jazz, R & B, funk, and blues, her music is soul music that comes from deep within and out through her extraordinary instrument. She sells a song with a depth of expression that could only come from a blend of unbelievable, unique raw talent; honed through unusual unique musical experience; sifted through powerful, unique personal trials.

Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements
From 1989 to 2004 Tracy Newman was a television writer and producer. She had a partner, Jonathan Stark. Their first staff writing job was on the 10th season of "Cheers." After that they were on staff at "Bob" (starring Bob Newhart,), "The Nanny," "Hiller and Diller" (Richard Lewis and Kevin Nealon,) "Ellen" (Ellen Degeneres,) and "The Drew Carey Show." In 1997, they won the Emmy for co-writing the ground-breaking "coming out" episode of Ellen. In 2001, they created the ABC comedy, "According to Jim," starring Jim Belushi. The show recently completed it's 8th and final season of production.

Tracy left the Belushi show during the third season to return to songwriting and performing, which is what she had been doing before her TV career. She says, "I found it easier to make a living in television. In my years as a songwriter I had one significant placement: In 1985, Mel Tillis and Nancy Sinatra did an album together. The single from it was a song I wrote called, 'I Would Fly'. I bet to this date I've made a whopping $400 on that recording."

This CD, Tracy's first -- "A Place in Sun", features Tracy and singers Gene Lippmann and Lorie Doswell, otherwise called "The Reinforcements." Gene also plays guitar on the CD. The three of them met in Harriet Schocks' songwriting class. Tracy started singing in coffee houses and clubs around town, and Lorie and Gene would show up and sit in front and harmonize with her. Soon Tracy invited them to join her on stage, and they've worked together off and on, for about two years.

Details for the events are at:
MORE DETAILS AND for details.
Also check out our Meetup group listed on the website.


- Now booking artists for Nov./ Dec./Jan.
* You must be able to guarantee a min. of 5 guests.
* 6 song acoustic set
* You must be a Songsalive! member
* Showcase application at

NOTE: Please also come out and support our Los Angeles Songsalive Workshop held every month on the last Sundays of the month. for details

Thanks for reading!
Dave Harvey
Songsalive Communications Director
(also booking the LA Showcase at Hallenbecks)

About Songsalive!
Since 1997, Songsalive! is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the nurturing, support, promotion and education of songwriters and composers worldwide. Songsalive! is run by volunteer songwriters for songwriters and has reached the far corners of the globe with chapters worldwide. Through our grassroots international efforts, we’ve put a stamp on what “global community” truly is. Join us today at

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