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The Eric Smith Songwriting Challenge

ESJourneyChallengetitleCalling all songwriters! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the stage, you’re invited to join Acoustic Fridays (sponsored by the Visual Art League) for its quarterly Eric Smith Songwriting Challenge. This free event takes place in the MCL Grand’s intimate Black Box Theater and provides an opportunity for singer-songwriters – and listeners! – to experience the courageous and exquisite beauty of original songwriting.

Join us as a Songwriter:
Each challenge has a theme, and October's participants are asked to write and perform songs using the word(s) “journey/destination," or following a theme based on journey or destination. Participating songwriters may perform their songs on acoustic instruments (amplified acoustic guitars are OK) or a cappella. We encourage solo performances, but songwriters may have an accompanist, also playing an acoustic instrument. The exception to the acoustic instrument rule is keyboard or electric bass is allowed.

There are no prizes and only two rules: Songs must be written specifically for this challenge and must be debuted at the event. The challenge starts at 7 p.m., though we encourage performers to arrive by 6:45 p.m. to select a performance slot on the sign-up sheet. Invite your friends and family to attend!

Join us as an Audience Member:

The event is free and open to the public. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and ends when all songwriters have performed. Make it an evening in Old Town Lewisville by having dinner at one of the restaurants across from Wayne Ferguson Plaza.

Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater is the premier public arts facility in Southern Denton County. The 40,000-square-foot facility features a 296-seat proscenium theater, Black Box theater, dance recital hall, art gallery, five art classrooms and a large courtyard. Medical City Lewisville has a multi-year agreement with the city for naming rights at MCL Grand.

To reach MCL Grand from Interstate 35E, take exit 452 and proceed east on Main Street to Charles Street. MCL Grand will be on the left. Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets, or at Lewisville City Hall.

For details about upcoming events, or rental information for the facility, please visit MCLGrand.com or call 972.219.8446.