Brown Bag Songwriting Competition Finals set for Dec. 4 at Asheville Music Hall


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Friday, Dec. 4, Asheville Music Hall proudly presents the 9th Annual Brown Bag Songwriting Competition Finals. Featuring each of this season’s weekly semi-finalists, the Brown Bag Finals will showcase the best in Western North Carolina’s songwriting community all competing for a $1000 price including a $500 cash prize and studio time at Echo Mountain. Tickets for the finals are on sale now and are available at for only $10. Tickets will also include admission to the AMP Social taking place just prior to the finals at 6pm. VIP tickets are $15 and guarantee you a seat as well as other perks.

Now in it’s 9th year, the Brown Bag Original Songwriting Competition takes place each Fall and features local and regional musicians of varying experience levels competing weekly for a brown lunch bag stuffed with donations offered by fans and attendees throughout the evening and entry into the finals competition at the end of the twelve-week series. Brown Bag attracts first time as well as seasoned performers to compete and be heard by peers, music fans, and music industry professionals alike. Over 100 aspiring musicians will have competed in the 2015 Brown Bag’s weekly competitions for a spot in the upcoming finals. Each semi-finalist is selected by a panel of local judges and rated on the composition and performance of their original music.

Brown Bag is the only competition of its kind in Western North Carolina, and has even spawned a Brown Bag series in Boone, NC, about an hour from Asheville. In a region full of creativity and musicality, Brown Bag serves as the ground floor for Asheville’s emerging songwriting talent. “We are proud to provide a supportive listening environment for original music and elevate the craft of songwriting,” says Jenny Greer-Fares, founder of Brown Bag. “It’s all about original music and the search for variety and individuality.”

Prior to the finals competition, Asheville Music Professionals (AMP) will host a networking social. AMP provides education, advocacy, connection and collaboration for musicians and music professionals who thrive in the Buncombe County arts scene. The social will be a place for the music community to learn more about AMP’s projects and endeavors. A Brown Bag ticket allows entrance to both events.

2015 Brown Bag Semi-finalists:

Round 1 (September 9th) – Savannah McCarthy

Round 2 (September 16th) – Ben Phan

Round 3 (September 23rd) – Sven Hooson

Round 4 (September 30th) – Krista Shows

Round 5 (October 7th) – Carly Taich

Round 6 (October 14th) – Momma Molasses (Ella Patrick)

Round 7 (October 21st) – Noah “Proud Foot” Stockdale

Round 8 (October 28th) – See Saw – (Andy Farrell)

Round 9 (November 4th) – Jackson Emmer

Round 10 (November 11th) – TBD

Round 11 (November 18th) – TBD

Round 12 (November 25th) – TBD

In addition to the grand prize, one Audience Choice winner from the Brown Bag Finals will win a day-long studio session in Studio L at Echo Mountain working with producer/engineer Josh Blake.

What: Brown Bag Songwriting Competition Finals

When: Friday, December 4th // Time: 8 pm // Pre-Party/AMP Social: 6 pm Where: Asheville Music Hall (55 College St., Asheville, NC 28801) Tickets: $10 //

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