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Singers & Songwriters - A great new performance opportunity

Come and be part of a brand new professional Thursday night music showcase at "The Listening Room" at The Depot Restaurant in Cold Spring NY, hosted by Ken Veltz of The Veltz Family.

The Listening Room, as the name implies, is designed to provide genuine artists a venue for their talents to be heard in a respectful listening environment. This is not a typical open mic. The format will copy elements of the Nashville style songwriter "rounds" that have been responsible for bringing many artists and songs to life. The "round" concept also fosters a sense of artistic community that can lead to building new relationships, spawning new songwriting teams or bands, etc.

Here's how it works.

After signing up you will be added to a "round", teamed up with 2 or 3 other artists. Each artist, prepared with 3 songs, will have a mic and a guitar or keyboard feed. The 2 or 3 artists in each round will perform one song at a time, passing the baton until everyone has performed all of their songs. Then the next round of artists will take the stage.

IMPORTANT! Respect for artistic expression is the objective behind The Listening Room. Each performance slot within the round you are part of should be limited to 5 minutes or less (including tuning and verbal set up). The 5 minute or less performance slot will be kindly but strictly enforced. If you take 3 minutes to tune and/or talk you will only be left with 2 minutes to perform your song. So please come prepared with that in mind.

Cold Spring is home to a wealth of professional artists, songwriters and musicians, along with many industry and ex-industry executives so the likelihood of being heard by people who can make things happen is out there.

The 1st round will take the stage promptly at 8pm. We will attempt to accommodate as many artists as possible. You may sign up the night of, but you will have a better chance of being introduced properly and getting on a round that compliments your style if you email your request to perform, along with information about you (your website or myspace, info about your music, mp3s, etc.) to

There will be special performances by The Veltz Family on Saturday nights in January. It's quite an experience. Visit for more information.

A few more things:

1. Duos and trios are welcome. We will re-configure a round to accommodate.

2. You can bring merch to sell and promote gigs.

3. There is no cover charge but you and your fans should come prepared to buy a drink or order some food.

4. A special "Listening Room Menu" will be available.

5. There is plenty of parking.

6. The venue is less than a block from the HUDSON LINE Metro North stop in Cold Spring, NY.

7. Directions to The Listening Room at The Depot

So, there it is. We look forward to hearing from you and having your talents appreciated at

The Listening Room.