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Songwriters Showcase

February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Three very talented and uniquely different local songwriters—Phil Missimore, Jonny Mac, and Michael Powers—will be in performance on Sunday, February 25th at 5pm at the Open Book at 671 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley, showcasing musical styles from folk to blues and beyond. $10 will be available at the door and in advance at tinyurl.com/showgv

A multi-instrumentalist musician, singer and songwriter, Los Angeles-born Phil Missimore has performed with multiple musicians since moving to Nevada County in 2010 from the Bay Area. He has played guitar and/or bass locally with West Coast Juice, 3 o’Clock Reverb, Springfield Again, the 60’s Band, and Sour Mash Symphony, and has performed in musical tributes to Linda Ronstadt and the Carpenters. He is currently providing guitar accompaniment and background vocals to the duo of Karen Woerner and Cassidy Joy.

A self-described “child of the 60s,” Missimore writes songs that range from romance and relationships to commentary about the world we live in today. “Melody, harmonies, chord structure and movement—those never go out of style,” he says. “I totally enjoy the focus of much of today’s music on groove and beats, but song hooks remain song hooks, no matter what era you come from.”

Jonny Mac calls his music “Fringe Folk”: no-gloss folk songs rooted roots, rock and artful pop. In addition to writing songs, he operates the art-house Sane Lunatic Productions. He was recently a featured performer at the recent Tom Petty tribute show at the Ol’ Republic Brewery, Prior to moving to Grass Valley, he hosted a bi-monthly showcase for singer-songwriters in San Francisco. He’s a member of psych-rock collective Far Corners. He has scored and acted in several theater and film productions. Jonny Mac’s involvement in creative music scenes across the West and nationally dates back over two decades. Jonny Mac’s latest official album is called “21st Century Slavery.”

Michael Powers is a singer/songwriter and musician (violin, guitar, vocals, and keys) who was born and raised in Berkeley, California and in Nevada City. Michael can truthfully say he’s closest to being a true Nevada County native among the three songwriters in the show. Having lived in Los Angeles for much of his musical career, Powers was credited with several music contracts in video, movie and production deals with renowned Westlake Studios in 1989. Out of that came recordings for an album produced by the studio. After returning to Nevada City to raise a family, and build his home, he continued to write and record on his own, and performed live with several bands that he formed.
Light refreshment will be available.

Additional information is available at 530-273-4002.


February 25, 2018
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Open Book’s event center hosts a diverse array of concerts, readings, and lectures, in an intimate setting with book- and wood-backed acoustics. Want to book an event? We have a 12′ by 8′ stage, a high-end PA with XLR and quarter-inch hook-ups, and capacity for 80 fans.