The Villager: Just Do Art


by Scott Stiffler



Have you had your fill of mean-spirited, elimination-minded television shows on which aspiring pop idols hold onto a note until they’re blue in the face and you’re bored beyond belief? If so, the Songwriter’s Beat Festival is a kinder, gentler alternative. Designed with performing songwriters in mind, SBF is all about building up talent instead of tearing apart dreams. Founded by NYC singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent in 2000, Songwriter’s Beat has presented over 325 songwriters, over 50 benefit concerts, six annual festivals and dozens of songwriting workshops — and has fostered the creation of hundreds of new songs. Admission is $10. At 7pm on July 21, 22, 23 — at the Christopher Street Coffee House (at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St.). The Coffee House, by the way, features songwriter nights each Thursday — with Songwriter’s Beat taking place every third Thursday of the month. Visit, and

17 July 2011

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