News from Palo Alto
Here you will find up to date information about what's going on in the WCS Palo Alto location. It's easy to find who to contact, where to go and when it's all happening! If you need to reach us, please email the Palo Alto Managers.
Please make sure that your membership is current. Take a photo of your membership card so you always have it with you. (Smartphone photo of card is OK) Non-members are ineligible to win. RENEW MY MEMBERSHIP and enjoy all the perks including discounts, freebies and more.
SONGWRITER COMPETITION INFORMATION
- 2nd Monday of the Month -
- Location ON TV: Mid Pen Media Center, 900 San Antonio Rd. Palo Alto
- You MUST Reserve your place and pay in advance here. (You will receive confirmation by email)
- Limited to 10 spots only one song per person)...songs must be radio edits.
- Pre-Registered check-in from 6:45-7:00 pm
- Cost: $20 (members only) - Cost is for use of TV studio.
- Audience FREE - and strongly encouraged. Donations to WCS are greatly accepted
- Make 3 copies of your song lyric sheet for the judges to review. Please include your name, contact info is optional.
- CONTACT THE PALO ALTO MANAGERS
- SONGWRITER COMPETITION RULES
The Palo Alto chapter does charge WCS members to perform. But there is a good reason! We need to cover the costs for the use of the studio. This competition is unique. The program is recorded by the Media Center volunteer studio crew and is shown through local access TV. An electronic file of the evening is available to all paid performers. The participation charge is $20 for members. Audience is free. You can renew online, or join at the event.
Winner of Best Song: 1 hour of song doctoring with David Scheibner, former composer for Entertainment Tonight, his current catalog is represented by Atrium Music.
Winner of Best Performance: 40 minutes of vocal coaching at Iari Melchor's studio in San Jose
BEST SONG WINNERS - PLAYOFFS - ALL monthly winners return to compete for the honor of representing Palo Alto at the WCS GRAND FINALS on September 6th at The Freight and Salvage, Berkeley . Three winners are chosen to perform at the annual WCS Conference in September in front of a house full of industry leaders.
PALO ALTO MANAGERS:
Pete's been performing music since his youth. Played guitar and banjo in rock/folk/country/blues/pop bands and performed in concerts and clubs in Southern California. Recorded with his own groups and on sessions at LA Studios. Taught Guitar.
Took a 3 decade hiatus to raise a family. Now performs at local Clubs and Open Mics as a host, solo and duet. Also, provides Artist Development, collaborating with other songwriters and recording. Board Member for WCS.
Linda, a classically trained pianist, is an Artist Manager and Consultant as owner of Management by Linda Yelnick. She is the Associate Producer/Co-Manager and manages Josh Friedman (Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – mypurplefox.com). Linda serves as Front of House for our Redwood City Chapter Linda served on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy and continued to serve on its Special Events and Membership Committees. She is on staff for the Summer of Love in 2019 and the staff of the West Coast Songwriters Annual Music Conference for over 17 years
BEST SONG OF THE YEAR 2019
Best Song: Michael McNevin "Young Santos"
Best Song - Ben Wylder "Boat"
Best Performance - Casey Bogdan "Rainy Summer"
Best Song - TK Tran - "You'll Probably Find Gold"
Best Performance - John Thompson - "No Second Chance"
Best Song - Lorenzo Wood - "Let You In"
Best Performance - Casey Bogdan - "Open Window"
Best Song - Tim Myers - "Everglades"
Best Performance - Eric Nelson III - "Stuck In My Head"
Best Song -Michael McNevin - "Young Santos"
Best Performance - Ben James - "Alligator Road"
January 2019 Winners
Best Song - Casey Bogdan - One Way Mirror
Best Performance - Charles Burgan - Funny Things
NOVEMBER 2018 - NO EVENT
DECEMBER 2018 - NO EVENT
OCTOBER 2018 Winners:
Best Song: CR Burgan - I Heard the Reverend Sing
Best Performance: Gary Nobile - Better Man