Songwriters comp stops by Agave in Avon Wednesday |

Songwriters comp stops by Agave in Avon Wednesday

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVAIL CO, Colorado

The 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festival, returning to the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen for its third year March 21-25, is featuring a new program this season: a six-city search to find Colorado’s finest songwriter.Co-produced by Songwriting Hall Of Fame member and one half of the successful rock duo, John Oates, and Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House, the festival brings together exceptional songwriting talent for five full days of performance and camaraderie in a low-key festival setting where intimacy is the rule for both audience and players. “This year we’re opening the experience to our Colorado songwriters as well,” said Wheeler Executive Director Gram Slaton. “Six cities will each get to pick a finalist, who will come to Aspen for the first three days of the festival, performing in town and being reviewed by a confidential panel of judges, who will name the winner of the title of Colorado’s Best Songwriter 2012.”That person will get to stay on for the final two days of the festival, and perform at the opening of the final show of the festival. “We’ll also be including downloads of the finalists’ songs in the 7908 festival website, and the winner will get to have an additional two songs on the site,” Slaton said. “Plus all the finalists will get full festival passes and invitation to all after-show parties and get-togethers. For new or even proven Colorado talent, this can be the opportunity of a lifetime.”Participating towns and venues for the preliminary rounds are as follows:Breckenridge – Tuesday at 8 p.m., Three 20 South, 320 S. Main St.Avon – Wednesday at 8 p.m., Agave, 1060 W. Beaver Creek Blvd.Steamboat Springs – Thursday at 8 p.m., The Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square.Aspen – Jan. 17 at 8 p.m., The Red Onion, 420 E. Cooper St.Winter Park – Jan. 24 at 8 p.m., Randi’s Grill and Pub, 78521 U.S. Highway 40, Winter Park.Boulder – Jan. 25 at 8 p.m., Shine, 2027 13th St.Anyone who would like to participate should contact the participating venue for full sign-up and competition information.For more information, email Wheeler Opera House marketing manager Lauren Pierce at

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