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These times are leading many artists, many venues – and in general, many small businesses – to make difficult decisions on how they will continue with their careers and in how they operate under the current guidelines due to COVID-19. With that in mind, after a good deal of soul searching, and conversations with Nickel City Arts owner Mark Buell, it is with a heavy heart that I have made the difficult choice to suspend my songwriter’s series, Nickel City Sessions. Any dates scheduled for September through December are cancelled. Additionally, since the height of this pandemic, I have not received any inquiries from interested artists, which has resulted in an inability to consider scheduling any dates for 2021.
There is still way too much uncertainty, and too much risk involved in asking artists to travel from near and far to perform, and to hope that patrons will attend a show, especially in the intimate confines of NCA. Add the current limited capacity guidelines of 20% to the mix and we’re left with allowing around 10-12 people in to attend. Those numbers do not bode well for paying the performing artists, or for the venue to turn the lights on for those nights.
While I am sad to see this series come to an end for now, I feel content and a sense of accomplishment with what Mark and I set out to do in presenting this series. In our noble attempt to re-create the atmosphere of the 1960’s era coffeehouses, we were able to bring people together for a little bit of story and song, to expose the audience to new artists, and perhaps help those artists add a few more names to their fan base. We built a little community. At the very least – in that we found success.
I am incredibly grateful to Mark for his generosity in allowing the use of the room, for the core audience who supported the series each month and helped us to grow and nurture that audience by bringing along friends, and to each and every one of the artists who traveled from all points to share their songs, their stories, and friendship. I am grateful that we bonded as a community to help Mark through a difficult time of loss from the fire at NCA which coincided with a time of illness. All of the above gave us the two and a half seasons we were fortunate to have.
I hope that one day soon, we can all gather to share these stories, these songs, conversations, and to renew our friendships over our shared love for music. Until then, I wish you peace, love, safety, and good health -
Nickel City Sessions is held on the third Thursday of each month between January through May, taking a brief hiatus between June through August, and resuming from September through December. Featuring some of the best local, regional, and nationally touring songwriters and duos in the Traditional/Contemporary Folk, Americana, and singer songwriter genres performing around the country today, our goal is to grow this into a much talked about, as well as a much coveted series at which to perform, and attend.
Submission criteria -
I must stress that this is NOT an open mic, nor is it a series in which to casually try out new material. This series is an "in the round" style concert for experienced songwriters, for which the venue is charging attendees a $10 cover. Due to the intimate, stripped down nature of these shows, I request that you refrain from the use of looping or vocal harmonizer pedals. Many of our artists have released critically acclaimed albums, won songwriting awards at major Folk festivals, conferences, and songwriting competitions, and have performed at some of the finest listening room venues in the U.S. and abroad.
So, what do I need from you? A link to your website or EPK which should contain the following:
I need to see that you have a web presence and a solid history as a performer, be it locally or as a touring artist. I need to see that you can tell stories, banter with an audience, and confidently perform your songs. I do not need you to guarantee me that you will be able to draw "X amount of people" to the venue, but I do expect you to promote the date as diligently as if it were your own series. This means sharing/inviting from the Facebook event page, use of additional social media outlets, inclusion on the calendar page of your website, word of mouth, email, etc.... and if you would like to receive a list of media contacts to send a press release to, I will get that to you. If you feel you have met the above criteria, please email me at email@example.com with "Nickel City Sessions" in the subject line. I promise to review your submission and reply either way.
The Lowdown -
At some point, everyone asks "so, is this a paying gig?', and this is something you absolutely need to know before committing to a date. The answer is "yes" but not a guaranteed payout. Neither I nor Mark Buell have made a profit from curating this series. In fact, until recently, I have come out of pocket to make sure that each performer has made something to cover part of their travel expenses. At present, the agreement with the venue is to provide compensation to the involved artists based on an equal split of the $10 admission. Additionally, you will keep 100% of any CD's and other merchandise you sell at the show. If you are a touring artist booked for this series, I would strongly advise using this as a routing date, and not as an anchor date!!! Have I forgotten anything? Let me know if I have!!! Thank you for reading through all of this VERY CAREFULLY!!! - Davey O.
Nickel City Sessions, 2020 -
Jan 16th – Beave Sorenson, Tom Stahl, Maria Gillard
Feb 20th – Maria Sebastian, Phil Henry, Greg Barresi
March 19th – Noah Zacharin, meet the bacons (duo), Tyler Bagwell
April 16th – Austin MacRae, Kyle Hancharick, Piper & Carson (duo)
May 21st – Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Wendy Sassafras Ramsay, Kala Farnham
June through August – on hiatus!!!
Sept 17th – Tom Fenton, Tough Old Bird (duo), Buck Quigley
Oct 15th – Crowes Pasture (duo), Riley Moore, Christine Sweeney
Nov 19th – Rupert Wates, Rob McHale, Mike Criscione
Dec 17th – Alan Whitney, Chris Bethmann, Ken Dunn
Nickel City Sessions, 2019
January 17th –
February 21st -
March 21st –
April 18th –
May 16th –
September 19th –
October 17th –
November 21st –
Last Train to Zinkov (duo)
December 19th -
Nickel City Sessions - 2018 Schedule -
Friday, March 23rd
Tina Marie Williams
Remaining dates are on the 3rd Thursday of each month
Dreaming Collective (duo)
Andy & Judy Daigle (duo)
July 19th (guest host, Tom Callahan)
Dan & Faith Senie (duo)
Friction Farm (duo)
David Michael Miller