Black Friday Review to showcase original songwritingWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“Black Friday Review: We’ve Got Nothing to Lose” offers Toledoans the chance to experience a night of original songwriting.
“There’s just been an insurgence of original music in Toledo. We thought during the holidays would be a good time to showcase that,” said Sarah Cohen, co-coordinator of the event and member of the band Antivillains.
Black Friday Review will feature three different sets, including a set of songwriters in the round, Cohen said. The material will all be original works from local artists, she said.
“During songwriter in-the-round, the three people are on the stage together. One person does a song and people can play along if they know it or they wait till their next turn,” Cohen said. “This way the audience gets three types of songwriting all in a row.”
The event was inspired by “Original Bag,” put on by singer-songwriter and guitarist Jason Quick, Cohen said. Original Bag is an event at Mutz that has allowed musicians to showcase their own material, Quick said.
“When you get a chance to perform at a bar in Downtown Toledo, you need to do primarily covers or all covers. There isn’t a lot of ready chances to play your own music out there,” said Quick, a co-coordinator of Black Friday Review.
Black Friday Review will hopefully be one of many events for musicians to showcase their original material, Cohen said.
In addition to receiving inspiration from Original Bag, inspiration for the show has also been gathered from the Nashville music scene.
“Places like Nashville are a big songwriters’ town. People when they get up on stage, it’s almost expected that they’re going to perform original material. There’s a lot of songwriters in Toledo as well,” Quick said. “They deserve the opportunity to perform and maybe make a little money at it.”
Local music has its benefits because it’s written by people here and about events in the area, Quick said.
“I think [the original music] will hit them more directly than a lot of other music will because large scale mass consumption music and entertainment is made for mass appeal. This is more of a specialized localized type thing,” Quick said.
Black Friday Review will feature performances by Estar Cohen & The Power of the Plume, a songwriters round from Cohen, Dan Greunke (Fairly Handsome Band) and Lucas Madrazo and a set by Quick (Quickness) and Ben Langlois (Old West End Records).
The performances start at 9 p.m. Nov. 26 at Manhattan’s Restaurant, 1516 Adams St. Cover is $3.
“It’s a comfortable atmosphere; it’s not like a rock club. It’s definitely a dinner show of sorts,” Cohen said. “Even if you don’t drink you can totally get something to eat, listen to music and bring your family out.”