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February 2012 Gigs and News

Posted on February 1, 2012
February greetings --

Here's what I have for you in the shortest (but less short this year!) month of the year:

I. News
II. February and March Shows
III. Video of the Month
IV. Beth in Cyberspace
V. Upcoming Shows

I. News

My biggest news this month is that I've taken the plunge and signed up for February Album-Writing Month (FAWM), a challenge in which songwriters attempt to write an album's-worth of songs in the shortest month of the year. FAWM has defined that, usually, as 14 songs, but this year to take account of leap year, it's 14.5. I have no idea if I can do it, but I love a good challenge, and I'm excited about spending a month focusing on songwriting.

If you want to hear what I come up with be sure to check in at my blog: http://www.bethdesombre.com/blog.html (which you can also get links to every time I post if you're a fan or friend of mine on facebook. Because I'll post links to songs when the ink isn't yet dry, I will most likely make them available only to those who have the link (rather than on my public youtube site), so if you want to hear songs as they're being written, that'll be your ticket.

I'm two lines away from completing my first song for the challenge, so be sure to check in there. And if you have a song topic to suggest, please pass it on!


II. February and March Shows

Saturday, February 18th, 2012
Byrds Tribute - 7-11 p.m.
Gulu-Gulu Cafe
247 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970
978.740.8882
Free
Dave Simmons (of Kirsten and Dave) hosts a fantastic tribute concert every year at the Gulu-Gulu Cafe. This year's show focuses on the songs of the Byrds, so join me and other Boston-area folk musicians as we work up covers of Byrds songs. It'll be a blast! I'm on third, so show up early.

Saturday, March 17th, 2012
House Concert - 7 p.m. (potluck at 6 p.m.)
Park Slope House Concert
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Price: $10 suggested donation
House concerts are my favorite way to play music. Hosts presenting music they love and inviting their community to share it with them. RSVP for reservation and directions/address to CWember[AT]Sidley.com. [NOTE THAT THIS SHOW WAS MOVED A WEEK LATER THAN ITS ORIGINAL DATE]


III. Video of the Month

I'm honored this month to participate on Connor Garvey's fantastic project Cover Your Friends, in which singer-songwriters perform and record songs by other singer-songwriters they know and like. I chose to play a song by the fantastic Susan Levine (who, by coincidence, I'll be sharing a show with in April). Here's the link to the entire project (my posting is fourth) so you can see all the great covers people are playing:

http://coveryourfriends.com/
IV. Beth in Cyberspace

Twitter, Facebook Fan Page, and Facebook friend page all have different info; collect them all!

Blogging at my music website: http://www.bethdesombre.com/blog.html Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/BethDeSombre Join my Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/Beth.DeSombre.fan Order CDs: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bethdesombre Download either CD from Digstation: http://www.digstation.com/artistalbums.aspx
V. Upcoming Shows

Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Songwriters by the Slice - 7-9 p.m.
Indigo Lounge
599 Tiogue Avenue
Coventry, RI 02816
401.615.9600
Free (donations requested)

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
Beth DeSombre, Susan Levine, and Zoe Mulford - 7 p.m.
Amazing Things Arts Center
55 Nicholas Road
Framingham, MA 01701
781.772.1945
$12

Friday, May 11th, 2012
Songwriter Sessions - 7 p.m.
The Vanilla Bean Cafe
450 Deerfield Rd
Pomfret, CT 06258
860.974.1691
$5

Sunday, June 10th, 2012
Co-bill with Alicia McGovern - 7 p.m. (potluck at 6)
Lower Falls House Concert
Newton Lower Falls, MA
lfhconcerts@gmail.com
$15 suggested donation

Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Opening for Amy Black - 8 p.m.
Off The Common Coffeehouse
50 School Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324
781.294.8771
$13

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
Open Mike Feature - 7:30 (I play at about 9)
Amazing Things Arts Center
55 Nicholas Road
Framingham, MA 01701
781.772.1945
Price: $6/5 (members)

Stay tuned for a set of shows further afield (Utah is in the works, and maybe the DC area). And I'm working on playing more house concerts, so if you'd like to host one or know someone in your area who might, please get in touch.

Enjoy this short month. If you're not spending it writing songs, I hope you're getting a chance to hear great songs written by others.

Beth

Beth DeSombre
www.bethdesombre.com