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RISA Holiday Show
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Thursday, 11 December 2014
Written by Joanne Lurgio

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Last Updated ( Friday, 13 February 2015 10:54 )
'Getting The Gig' Workshop
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Monday, 24 November 2014
Written by Chuck Williams

'Getting the Gig' Workshop with Dave Tamulevich was a big success!

This past Saturday, November 22nd. a few board members started showing up at the Mediator Stage at 12:30 for the 2 PM workshop. The room took shape quickly setting up about 20 chairs, reception table, snacks and RISA materials.  Then we waited...and waited!  We thought for sure 'if we build it, they will come'...and they did!  We had to break out more chairs and wound up with 27 RISA members in attendance from RI, MA & CT.

Dave Tamulevich fed us information about gigging and touring al the while interjecting stories of some of the folk artists he has trepresented over the years.  It was great to hear the info from one of the best and I am sure everyone was taking notes!  Not only was it a great workshop but it was FREE to our members!

Photo below is of Board Members in attendance with Dave.  (L to R  Jan Luby, Greg Klabon, Rick Gottlieb, Dave Tamulevich, Joanne Lurgio, Chuck Williams, Rich Eilbert, Wyatt & Barbara Lema.



Last Updated ( Monday, 24 November 2014 12:31 )
'Getting The Gig' Workshop
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Thursday, 06 November 2014
Written by Chuck Williams


Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 November 2014 14:04 )
RISA Performing Songwriter Winner Announced!
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Friday, 09 May 2014
Written by Billy Mitchell

The Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) Board would like to congratulate all the contestants of the 1st Annual RISA Performing Songwriter Contest.  The finals were held at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse in Pawtucket, RI on Saturday May 4th.


Mike Laureanno, of Fall River, Mass (currently living in Providence) took top honors! Mike will have the opportunity to be an 'opening' act at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse in their 2014 Fall/Winter schedule.


Our finalists were RISA members Lenny Solomon, Jane Fallon and Mike Laureanno who each performed their 2 songs as the lead off to the Catie Curtis Concert this past weekend.  Catie had the final task of judging each song for lyrics and the songwriting craft as well as their overall performance. She said it was a very difficult job.  


All members who had submitted to the contest were listened to by our music industry professionals, John Maillioux of Bongo Beach Productions, Dave Corriea of Celebration Sounds Studio and Patrick Norton of the Narrows Center for the Arts.

Congratulations to all who participated in this event!

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 May 2014 14:55 )
Finalists for RISA Performing Songwriter Contest Selected
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Sunday, 27 April 2014
Written by Paul Pasch

Finals set for May 3, 2014 - 8:00 PM at Stone Soup Coffeehouse


More than two dozen RISA members submitted two songs each in the first RISA Performing Songwriter Contest. It is clear from the entries submitted that there is a lot of songwriting and performance talent in the membership, and that the support and opportunities offered by RISA through education, critiques, collaboration and networking opportunities are working for our members.  


The competition was quite close, but our team of music industry professionals selected the following RISA members to  compete in the Finals Competition to be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Stone Soup Coffeehouse, located at St, Paul's Church, 50 Park Place in Pawtucket, RI at 8:00 PM. 


Jane Fallon (www.janefallon.com)

Michael Laureanno (www.michael.laureanno.com)

Lenny Solomon (www.reverbnation.com/lennysolomon) 


The Finalists will each perform their two songs prior to the Catie Curtis concert, and the winner will be announced during the Catie Curtis performance. RISA members are encouraged to attend the concert and support our three finalists. 


The winner of the competition will be booked for an Opening Performance at a Stone Soup Coffeehouse Concert during the 2014 - 2015 Season. 

RISA would like to thank the following music industry professionals for their work in selecting our finalists:


David Correia - Celebration Sound, Seekonk, MA

Patrick Norton - Narrows Center For The Arts, Fall River, MA

John Maillioux - Bongo Beach Productions, Westport, MA


RISA would also like to thank all of the contest participants for all of the great music that was entered for consideration. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 May 2014 07:06 )

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