What do you know about Sacramento Songwriter Circle?
Sacramento Songwriter Circle was founded in 2019 by Heather Evans. Originally, SSC (sometimes shortened to Sac Songwriter Circle, and originally called "The Songwriter Circle") held songwriting meetups in the basement of The Fig Tree Coffee, Art, and Music Lounge in Roseville. During meetups songwriters were able to give and get feedback in a supportive, non-competitive environment. They began to host shows (Sacramento Songwriter Showcase) featuring local musicians. The showcases are done "in-the-round" meaning that each songwriter takes a turn playing a song and is asked questions about their musical journey. Due to this, SSC was nominated for a SAMMIE for "creative achievement in support of the music scene" in 2019. The people running SSC at that time were: Heather Evans, James Carnahan, Joshua Lickter (Fig Tree owner), Marco Robledo, and Stephanie Perez.
SSC was temporarily paused due to their founder moving out of state in 2020, and the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. During 2021 SSC resumed operating with a new set of coordinators. Initially they did virtual showcases, but slowly resumed in-person concerts. During 2022 SSC officially found a new home at The Library of Musiclandria, in their location at 1219 S Street, Sacramento. The director during that time was DJ Stipe, who makes music as Isle of Stipe. The current director is Luhan Si Hadin. The other current coordinators are Donrico De Castro, Eboni Esra, Richard Durazo, NineFingers (David Tetz), and Alec Ogston. The current trainees are Nelz the Moon and Who Is Estoria. Their meetups now happen the fourth Wednesday of every month from 6-8 PM at Musiclandria. Meetups are open to all ages, genres, and experience levels. The showcases (Sacramento Songwriter Circle Showcase) are the third Friday of every month at 8 PM at Luna's Cafe; 1414 16th Street, Sacramento. NineFingers hosts SSC's originals open mic the first Friday of every month at Self Designs Art Gallery; 1117 18th Street, Sacramento.