Gift Horse Presents! Hosts Songwriter Showcase at DCA

If there’s one show you need attend in Door County this summer, let the Songwriter Showcase be it. Featuring an evening of original music by a combination of national artists and local favorites, the popular Songwriter Showcase makes its way to the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) stage on Thursday, July 16 at 7 pm.

Initially created by local musicians Anna Sacks and Adam Mackintosh in 2007 as a way to showcase original songs and talent, the Showcase has gained popularity in various venues around Door County as well as the Green Bay area. The DCA show is a testament to the event’s growth and the need to show the community at large the effect the Showcase has had on area musicians.

Ben Teegarden

The evening will be hosted by Mackintosh and Sacks, and features Chris Simmons, a fantastic singer/songwriter from London who is in the process of releasing his first full-length album in August. Simmons recently completed his first tour of the United States and the UK. He has recorded with members of the Violent Femmes, pat mAcdonald, and many other nationally-known musicians.

Simmons will be preceded on stage by newcomer Ben Teegarden, a Green Bay musician who had never written a song until several months ago. Since attending a showcase in Sturgeon Bay earlier this year he has written over a dozen songs, and will be sharing those (along with his experiences) on the DCA stage. Also appearing will be local favorites Mark Raddatz and his son, Seth, who is quickly gaining a name for himself at the young age of fifteen.

Hosts Adam Mackintosh and Anna Sacks are becoming some of the most recognizable faces on the Door County music scene. Mackintosh has played with great musicians such as Jackson Browne, James Hall of the Pleasure Club and Player/Kommancer, Clyde Stubblefield, Eric McFadden of Parliament Funkadelic, and many others. His style of music is reminiscent of David Bowie, John Lennon, George Harrison, and the Kinks. Soulful Sacks has crisp acoustics, a beautiful voice, and a down-to-earth quality that permeates through every song she writes and sings.

The Songwriter Showcase is produced through Gift Horse Presents!, a collaborative effort for live concert production

based in Door County. Partners in Gift Horse include AdMack Design, FM 106.9 The Lodge, the Peninsula Pulse, and Peapod Public Relations and Marketing.

Tickets for the Songwriter Showcase are $16 in advance, and $18 the day of the show. For tickets, please call the Door Community Auditorium at 920.868.2728 or visit Tickets are also available at the Peninsula Pulse and the Lodge offices, located at 10331 Water Street at the north end of Ephraim.

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