Art City Mu­sic Fest 2014: Utah’s Song­writ­ing Slam

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For the 6th time, Art City Mu­sic Fest (ACMF) will in­vite all lo­cal song­writ­ers/ mu­si­cians to un­der­take it’s yearly chal­lenge: to meet, col­lab­o­rate, cre­ate and per­form a song – all on the same day!

The ACMF is a highly unique ex­pe­ri­ence. Song­writ­ers, singers, in­stru­men­tal mu­si­cians, writ­ers, po­ets and artists come from all over the West to par­tic­i­pate. They will meet like-minded per­form­ers, form into writ­ing/per­form­ing groups, and slam out a song in just eight hours.

This year the ACMF has added a song­writ­ing work­shop “The 7 El­e­ments of a Suc­cess­ful Song” by a for­mer mu­sic in­struc­tor at the Univer­sity of Utah. This con­cise, in­sight­ful class will help get ideas churn­ing and will of­fer di­rec­tion for those who are newer to the song­writ­ing craft.

The bulk of the day will be spent in self-con­tained song­writ­ing groups. The par­tic­i­pants will break into groups of their own choos­ing, brain­storm to­gether, col­lab­o­rate on mu­sic and lyrics, and test their ideas by re­hears­ing. They will write and rewrite, sing and play, hone and pol­ish. Their songs will ben­e­fit from the “cross-pol­li­na­tion of ideas” and - ul­ti­mately - from the col­lected ex­pe­ri­ence of their group.

The crown­ing achieve­ment of the ACMF each year is the con­cert, wherein the dozen-or-so groups will per­form their song: on stage, to a live au­di­ence, with am­pli­fi­ca­tion and mon­i­tor­ing. This is a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for pho­tos and record­ings. There are also door prizes for the par­tic­i­pants. This event is ex­tra­or­di­nary in that many of the per­form­ers will have met for the first time that morn­ing!

One no­table ex­am­ple of the im­por­tance of meet­ing and net­work­ing with new mu­si­cians: the band Star-Off was listed as “one of the best in­die bands in the world” (Wiles Mag­a­zine “Sum­mer Guide to In­de­pen­dent Artists” July 2014). And - you guessed it! - Star-Off’s Brad Wil­liams and Nathan Standage met at the Art City Mu­sic Fest!

Grace Bi­ble Church 239 S. Main, Springville 9am Song­writ­ing Work­shop, 10am Col­lab­o­ra­tion Groups, 7pm Con­cert

All events are Free. Reg­is­ter at artc­i­ty­mu­sicfest.com & find us on Face­book.

A newly formed group of lo­cal mu­si­cians re­hearse their new song in prepa­ra­tion for the evening con­cert.

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