Songwriters prep for Redwood City competition

in A&E/Community

You’ll need a guitar, a pen and pad, and some angst.

But more than anything, you’ll need a great song and performance to come out on top at the West Coast Songwriters Redwood City Competition, an event that will be held at the end of every month at Angelicas Theatre Two (863 Main St.), upstairs Dining Room, starting Jan. 30. Sign up is set to start at 6:30 p.m., and the competition begins at 7 p.m.

The event is held by the West Coast Songwriters, a nearly 40-year-old nonprofit dedicated to the craft of songwriting, performing and connecting professionals in the business.

“Best song” is one of two categories, and winners will receive an hour-long session of song doctoring with David Scheibner, former composer for Entertainment Tonight.

Winners of the second category, “best performance,” will receive 40 minutes of vocal coaching with Iari Melchor’s studio in San Jose.

Each contestant must include the name of the song, length of the song, equipment needed, lyric sheet, and be ready to perform, organizers said. Sign up is first come first serve, but West Coast Songwriter members are given priority.

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