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Nickel City Sessions


Nickel City Sessions is held on the third Thursday of each month between January through May, taking a brief hiatus between June through August, and resuming from September through December.  Featuring some of the best local, regional, and nationally touring songwriters and duos in the Traditional/Contemporary Folk, Americana, and singer songwriter genres performing around the country today, our goal is to grow this into a much talked about, as well as a much coveted series at which to perform, and attend.

Submission criteria -

I must stress that this is NOT an open mic, nor is it a series in which to casually try out new material. This series is an "in the round" style concert for experienced songwriters, for which the venue is charging attendees a $10 cover. Due to the intimate, stripped down nature of these shows, I request that you refrain from the use of looping or vocal harmonizer pedals. Many of our artists have released critically acclaimed albums, won songwriting awards at major Folk festivals, conferences, and songwriting competitions, and have performed at some of the finest listening room venues in the U.S. and abroad. 

So, what do I need from you? A link to your website or EPK which should contain the following:

  • High quality studio recordings made in the last two years 

  • hi-res photos and a short bio with performance history/press quotes/awards


  • recent, clearly shot live performance video(s) 

I need to see that you have a web presence and a solid history as a performer, be it locally or as a touring artist. I need to see that you can tell stories, banter with an audience, and confidently perform your songs. I do not need you to guarantee me that you will be able to draw "X amount of people" to the venue, but I do expect you to promote the date as diligently as if it were your own series. This means sharing/inviting from the Facebook event page, use of additional social media outlets, inclusion on the calendar page of your website, word of mouth, email, etc....  and if you would like to receive a list of media contacts to send a press release to, I will get that to you. If you feel you have met the above criteria, please email me at with "Nickel City Sessions" in the subject line. I promise to review your submission and reply either way.

The Lowdown -

At some point, everyone asks "so, is this a paying gig?', and this is something you absolutely need to know before committing to a date. The answer is "yes" but not a guaranteed payout. Neither I nor Mark Buell have made a profit from curating this series. In fact, until recently, I have come out of pocket to make sure that each performer has made something to cover part of their travel expenses. At present, the agreement with the venue is to provide compensation to the involved artists based on an equal split of the $10 admission. Additionally, you will keep 100% of any CD's and other merchandise you sell at the show. If you are a touring artist booked for this series, I would strongly advise using this as a routing date, and not as an anchor date!!!  Have I forgotten anything? Let me know if I have!!!  Thank you for reading through all of this VERY CAREFULLY!!! - Davey O.

Nickel City Sessions, 2019

January 17th

Scott Celani
Caroline Doctorow
Fuzzy Thurston 

February 21st -

Tyler Westcott
Jamie Lee
Shawna Caspi 

March 21st

Sonny Mayo
Justin Williams
Harvey Brice 

April 18th

Tom Robert
Lara Herscovitch
Sarah Parker

May 16th

Pierce Pettis
Chris LaVancher
Marty Peters 

September 19th

Tom Smith
Rick Drost
Dan Weber

October 17th

Bernice Lewis
Courtney Yasmineh
Steve Piper

November 21st

Siusan O’Rourke
Ric Allendorf
Last Train to Zinkov (duo)

December 19th -  

Grace Stumberg
Grace Lougen
Kathryn Koch

Nickel City Sessions - 2018 Schedule -

Friday, March 23rd 

Chris Squier

MaryBeth King
Tina Marie Williams

Remaining dates are on the 3rd Thursday of each month

April 19th

Jerry Falzone
Sara Elizabeth
Carolann Solebello

May 17th

Carlin Tripp
Dreaming Collective (duo)
Paul Lamont

June 21st

Folkapotomus (duo)

Andy & Judy Daigle (duo)

July 19th (guest host, Tom Callahan)

Dan & Faith Senie (duo)

Andrew Dunn
Kate Callahan

August 16th

Savannah King

Dean Bell
Devinne Meyers

September 20th

Nick Kody

Maria Sebastian
Eric Lee

October 18th

Louise Mosrie

Rob Lytle
Friction Farm (duo)

November 15th

Rupert Wates

Debra Cowan
Amy Petty

December 20th

Sonya Heller
David Michael Miller
Christine Havrilla