Joy Ike plays a Guerrilla Showcase. Photo by Neale Eckstein

GUERRILLA SHOWCASES

Guerrilla Showcases are presented by conference attendees in hotel rooms on a designated floor of the hotel. They start at 10:30 p.m. following the Folk DJ Showcase on Thursday night and 11:45 p.m. following the Semi-formal Showcases on Friday and Saturday nights, typically running until 3 a.m. We also have Friday and Saturday afternoon showcases from 2 – 5 p.m. Hosts put together a lineup of artists they would like to present for the evening, typically assigning 10-20 minute slots, for one artist or several artists “in the round”, the format is up to the host. Guerrilla Showcases are acoustic ONLY.  No amplification devices are permitted. Exemptions to this rule for instruments such as electronic keyboards must be approved on a case-by-case basis.

HOSTING A GUERRILLA SHOWCASE

Anyone registered for the conference may host a Guerrilla Showcase. If you would like to host, please fill out the Guerrilla host application on this page. A $25 fee per showcase takes care of the publishing of your schedule on the website and in the conference program book and app. You will be assigned a room on the guerrilla floor – standard hotel room rates apply. Some hosts choose to sleep in their showcase rooms, but some pay for a separate hotel room for sleeping in addition to paying for their showcase room. You may play in your own showcase room, but you may not take a room and showcase yourself all night. Setting up your showcase space within your hotel room and returning it to its original configuration is the host’s responsibility. 

PLAYING A GUERRILLA SHOWCASE

Anyone registered for the conference may play a Guerrilla Showcase. We recommend that all artists aim to book Guerrilla Showcases. When booking time slots, please take into account travel time from one room to the next and don’t overbook yourself. Everyone aims to have showcases run on time and the experience will serve you better if you are relaxed, not running around. If you are attending NERFA for the first time, we have a showcase room specifically dedicated to first timers. This room will be listed along with the others and you may book by contacting the host.

Questions? Contact our Guerrilla Showcase Coordinator, Jess Razzi.

Deadline is September 25th to register a new showcase.

Guerrilla Showcase Listing

Artists may contact hosts via email if they are accepting submissions.

Room Name

Host Name

Description

Days

Contact

Access Music BLUE

Mara Levine

All genres accepted!

Th, Fri, Sat,

Fri Afternoon, Saturday Afternoon

Access Music RED

Dennis McDonough

All genres welcome!

Th, Fri, Sat,

Fri Afternoon, Saturday Afternoon

AcousticMusicScene.com

Midnight Hoot

Michael Kornfeld

Artists will perform one song. There will be a house band. 

Thursday 

Michael Kornfeld

Primarily curated & thematic rounds plus an exuded O Canada celebration on Saturday overnight

Friday, Saturday, Friday Afternoon

Not open to submissions.

All Music Starts Local

RIgby Summer

45-50 minute sets in the round: 1 first-timer, 1 from last year’s AMSL showcase and 1 wild card.

Saturday Afternoon

Anything But Guitars

 

Sam Edelston

Variety is the spice. Tell me what instrument(s) you’ll be playing.
30 min., 3 acts, in the round.

Friday Afternoon 

Andy’s SoWeBo Music 

Series Baltimore 

Andy Ruben

Invitation only – NO emails

Thr, Fri, Sat

Not open to submissions.

Baker Booking/Isis Music Hall

Louise Baker & Bruce Swan

Room will be solos and some rounds, no keyboard.

Friday

Not open to submissions.

BIG ORANGE TARP/Grassy Hill

Alan Rowoth & Sally Johnson

Room is all rounds, keyboard in room most of the time. 

Fri, Sat

Not open to submissions.

Covering Your Friends

Jefferson Berry

Describe your friendship with a singer/songwriter, then cover a song or two of theirs (10 minutes).

Friday

Cup of Joe

Joe Virga

Showcases all days, Friday and Saturday Afternoons reserved for first-timers. 

Th, Fri, Sat

Not open to submissions.

Decent Exposure

Sam Edelston

For people who have only 0-3 other showcases. Tell me what times you’re free. 30 min, 3 acts, In The Round.

Saturday Night

Duos and Pairs

Dan & Faith  Senie

Duos and Pairs

Friday Night

Not open to submissions.

Godfrey Daniels Presents!

Brian & Marge McCloskey

Mixed bag, singles & rounds.

Friday

Not open to submissions.

Folk Music Notebook/Ron Olesko

Ron Olesko

These showcases will be streamed live at www.FolkMusicNotebook.com

Fri, Sat

Folk ‘N Great Music

Cheryl C. Kagan

This room will present alums from the first 17 years of my Rockville, Maryland house concert series.

Thursday Night

Not open to submissions.

Folk-N-Zen Den

The Levins/ Judy Kass

Mixed Bag 

Fri, Sat

Not open to submissions.

Fools Hill Music 

Michael Jerling

Fool’s Hill Showcase

Th, Fri, Sat

Not open to submissions.

LilFest

Nancy Emrich Freeman

30 min. mini-set-curated selection of newbies, oldbees, talented bees, humorous bees, performer bees.

Th, Fri, Sat

Mavens Music

Tamara Kater

Just a regular ol’ room with chairs and music! No rounds…

Th, Fri, Sat

Not open to submissions.

Music for the New Revolution

David Heitler-Klevans

Political/Topical/Social Justice music

Saturday Afternoon,

Saturday Night

Musical Chairs // FOCUS

Brad Yoder

“Musical Chairs” (aka, in-the-rounds with brad yoder hosting), +FOCUS (DC/Baltimore presenting org.)

Fri, Sat

Not open to submissions.

One Up, One Down, One Cover

Scott Krokoff

3 song sets per performer – one upbeat/positive, one down/sad/dark, and one cover song. 15 min. max

Saturday Afternoon, Saturday Night

Radio Nowhere Presents:

Joe Pszonek

Thursday Night NERFA Newbies (In The Round)
Friday Night Radio Nowhere Invitational (solo slots) *Full*

Thr, Fri

Not open to submissions.

Ripton Community Coffee House Friday Showcase

Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette

Vermont’s Ripton Community Coffee house presents a showcase of some of our very favorite musicians.

Friday

Not open to submissions.

The Song Box

George Trapani

Presented by The Song Box house concert series.

Saturday

Not open to submissions.

SSG Flamingo Room

Skylands Songwriters Guild

The Flamingo Room is a Showcase for SSG songwriters and friends.

Thursday Night, Saturday Night 

Not open to submissions.

Somerville Songwriter Sessions

Terry Kitchen

Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Armory Cafe presents songwriters in the round.

Saturday

Not open to submissions.

Submerging Artists Showcase

Hugh O’Doherty and Eileen Ryan O’Doherty

Submerging Artists Showcase

Saturday

Not open to submissions.

Trespass Music Showcase

Trespass Music 

Friday Night

Not open to submissions.

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