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Player's Pub unveils new lineup for Monday's showcase



Bloomington natives can come and relax to enjoy a live musical show on Mondays with the Bloomington Songwriter Showcase.

For Monday’s Bloomington Songwriter Showcase at the Players Pub, the performance will feature musical songwriters such as Ralph Ed Jeffers, Alyssa Jacey, Eric MacDougall and Bill Price.

The Bloomington Songwriter Showcase displays four musical artists from all across the nation almost every Monday at the pub.

Suzette Weakley, the talent coordinator and original founder of the Songwriter Showcase, said she has heard all of the songwriters’ music and is looking forward to hearing what they will be doing for their set.

“Writers who play here, tell each other about the experience as they meet one another while touring — or blog about it,” Weakley said. “Once they come to Bloomington and see how amazing our audiences are, they get hooked.”

The Bloomington Songwriter Showcase was founded by a group of eight singer-songwriters in 2007, which included Weakley.

Price likes to write songs about nature, traveling and observances from his life, according to the Songwriter Showcase website.

He said he has played in Bloomington before and enjoys playing at the Bloomington Songwriter Showcase.

Alyssa Jacey is from San Diego and used to perform as a hip hop dancer.

However, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to play folk, Americana and country music.

“Alyssa has a great voice, strong songs and she adores entertaining,” Weakley said. “This will be her second showcase. The girl is the real deal.”

Ralph Ed Jeffers plays the guitar, mandolin and the fiddle and plays country and bluegrass music.

Weakley said he is an audience favorite at the pub, with the way he has great stories to tell and plays along with the other songwriters.

The last songwriter of the showcase, Eric MacDougall, will be making his debut at the pub.

He plays contemporary guitar music and said he enjoys blues, rock and jazz music.

As always, the showcase will be set up and divided into sections where each musical act will go around and perform five to six songs for their individual set.

“We let the writers play what they write,” Weakley said. “I look forward to seeing all of the performers do their set. They are so different from one another in terms of styles of music and personalities all coming together to the stage.”

The event will take place at 8 p.m. Monday June 1 at Players Pub. There will be no cover charge.

However, donations to support the musical acts will be accepted at the ?performance.

“Songwriters need a venue where they can perform their original work like any other artist,” Weakley said. “Bloomington is a town that hungers for and supports ‘out of the box’ ?entertainment.”

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