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What is a WoodSongs Coffeehouse?

By the term "coffeehouse" we mean a clean listening space for artists and audiences to enjoy each other's company, their music and mutual encouragement. It's the kind of acoustic venue that whole families can visit.

In the 1960's just about every town in North America had a coffeehouse. Usually volunteer-run and held once a month, these were the musical breeding grounds for artists like Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Don McLean, John Denver and so many others. Very often, the coffeehouses would be held in schools, church basements, clubs or even in living rooms.

Time moved on and the music scene changed, but the coffeehouses continued to present wonderful concerts. By the late 1980's and into the 90's artists like Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, John Gorka, Beck and Dar Williams cut their musical teeth in these small, hometown music venues.

The WoodSongs Coffeehouse is our way of encouraging the resurgence of this musical tradition plus bring them all together in a national association of venues. This will help make booking artists, finding an audience and keeping the venues easy and flourishing for years to come.


Starting a Woodsongs Coffeehouse is simple.

It is held at a suitable venue in your hometown ... your living room, a school, a church basement or a local cafe ... on the days that work best for your community.

* Each coffeehouse presents the finest local, regional and national artists of many genres. It can be help in a school, church, existing club or coffeehouse . . . even your own living room.

* The WOODSONGS COFFEEHOUSE is a FREE service and is solely owned by the local presenter/group. The financial proceeds remain with the hometown coffeehouse and artists.

* A radio station personality or hometown artist can act as the evening's host/MC.

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