By Eleanor Angel, Chattanooga, Tenn.–Looking for a place to showcase your talent? Or maybe you just want to hear some new local music right down the street from campus.
The Camp House, located at 1427 Williams St., will be hosting a Songwriter Shootout every Thursday night.
The event is free to anyone who participates by singing or playing an original song. For observers, it is a $2 cover charge. Sign ups begin at 7 p.m.
Matt Busby, Director of The Camp House, said “Students who are singer/songwriters and want to immerse themselves in the Singer/Songwriter culture should come out and participate.”
Peter Hagemeyer, Junior from Oak Ridge, has participated in the event several times playing banjo and cello.
“I think that it is an open mic that holds artists to a higher standard than just playing cover songs,” Hagemeyer said. “It allows singers and songwriters to come out and see and meet other talent like no other event I’ve seen.”
Everyone votes and one artist wins a little cash and an invite to the quarterly competition. The quarterly winners and runners up compete in the annual competition that takes place in December.
Jon Willliams, senior from Chattanooga, has also participated in the event singing and playing original songs with his guitar.
“The Songwriter Shootout is a great thing because it gives a pretty welcoming atmosphere for new performers to get used to playing in front of
a crowd,” Williams said. “It’s also been a really great place for me to try new material and hash out new arrangements.”
“There is also a cash prize on the table which I‘ve never won, but it will be mine,” Williams said.
“My favorite part is discovering new artists in Chattanooga and connecting them to the wider community through the Chattanooga Songwriters Association,” Busby said.
The next Songwriter Shootout will take place Jan. 23.