Durango Songwriters Expo Santa Barbara 2010 Press Release

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 30, 2009
Local Press Contact: Christina Grimm at Tel. (805) 698-3580

7th DURANGO SONGWRITER’S EXPO/SANTA BARBARA FROM FEBRUARY 25-27, 2009 OPENS WITH DSE EXPO SHOWCASE AT SOHO RESTAURANT & MUSIC CLUB ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 6-10PM

This year’s Durango Songwriter’s Expo will open with a free showcase as part of a meet-and-greet at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State Street in Santa Barbara on Wednesday, February 24. Due to the popularity of the showcase with its performers from around the country, the hours have now been extended from 6pm to 10pm. The show will feature winners of the Durango Songwriter’s Expo songwriting contest and professional songwriters, as well as some of the expo attendees. In addition to prominent members of the music industry, the public is also invited to enjoy this free event. Dinner reservations can be made by calling SOhO at (805) 962-7776. Local songwriter Christina Grimm is the producer and emcee for the showcase.

The Expo Showcase is the opening night for the 7th annual Durango Songwriter’s Expo/Santa Barbara Wine Country from February 25 - 27, 2010 at the Rancho Santa Ynez Marriott in Buellton. Local songwriters are invited to attend the Expo, one of the nation’s premier singer/songwriter events that is a combination of workshops, panels, listening sessions, showcases, songwriting workshops, and open mics. With registration limited to just 200 attendees and more than 40 music-industry pros and hit songwriters, this rewarding expo provides unparalleled networking opportunities.

The public can also purchase tickets for the Saturday night Hit-Songwriter Concert separately ($25). As the culmination of the Expo, these concerts have always offered a wonderful insight into how ideas are transformed into songs that have an impact on our culture – in addition to presenting top-quality live music. Featured hit songwriters for the February 27 concert will include Chuck Cannon, Jill Sobule, Big Al Anderson, and other special guests (to be announced in a later press release).

Many Santa Barbara songwriters are planning to take advantage of this event that brings the music industry within easy reach. Songwriters interested in performing their original tunes at the Expo showcases on February 25 and 26 must register and submit tapes/CDs by February 16, 2010. The Write with a Hit-Maker Songwriting Contest, which offers a co-write and a single-song publishing deal, is accepting submissions until January 25, 2010. (For example: 2006 contest winner Alissa Moreno wrote “Every Day” – a recent hit for Rascal Flatts that earned her a Grammy nomination – with Jeffrey Steele.)

The Rancho Santa Ynez Marriott is providing special rates so that Expo participants can take full advantage of the many events on the schedule, including a tasting of Santa Barbara County wines.

For information and registration: www.Durango-Songwriters-Expo.com or call Jim Attebery at (970) 259-9747.

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