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Monday, November 3, 2008

Contact: Pat Patten (706) 333-0787

48 Top Performers Compete to Win $1500 in Cash & Prizes Audience Tickets Qualify to Win $500 Bike
Competition Dates: Wednesday October 29th -- December 10th Rivertown Showdown Quarterly Final: December 17th

Columbus, GA -- The Loft Live announces Rivertown Showdown, a songwriter-performer competition. The inaugural Wednesday series begins Oct 29th and runs through December 10th, with the first quarterly final scheduled for December 17th. Music starts each Wednesday at 8:00pm with eight performers programmed nightly in fifteen minute slots. Judges will select finalists to perform an additional song or two, with the weekly winner and one finalist advancing to the December 17th "showdown".

The top contestant wins $500 in cash, an eight hour block of studio recording time and a new guitar. NSAI coordinator and Rivertown Showdown host Nona Christie comments, "We're getting terrific response from our homegrown talent as well as confirming competitors from Montgomery, Newnan and Atlanta -- we'll even have Nashville represented. Plus, the audience response will be factored into the overall score -- and, their tickets will be entered for a chance to win a bike from one of our sponsors." Veteran music promoter and proprietor of the Loft Entertainment Group, Buddy Nelms states "Our goal is to provide an exceptional entertainment evening for music fans in our region. Over the last sixteen years we've enjoyed stellar performances on our stage. I expect some of the forty-eight performances in this series will get added to our growing list of magical musical moments -- but, you have to be there to experience it!" Sponsors include The Loft Live, The Loft Recording Studio, Gorilla Guitars, Ride On Bikes, and Music In Columbus (MIC).

For more information about the Rivertown Showdown at The Loft Live visit: or

JAZZ: Mace Hibbard Quartet (Sun., Nov. 9 @ The Liberty Theatre)
November 9th Concert and Jam Session
The Columbus Jazz Society is honored to welcome ...

The Mace Hibbard Quartet

Mace Hibbard - saxophones
David Springer - guitar
Marc Miller - bass
Justin Varnes – drums

Born and raised in Waco, Texas, Mace Hibbard continues in the tradition of Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, and Stan Getz, while drawing inspiration from the more contemporary players such as Kenny Garrett, Chris Potter, and Branford Marsalis.

EVENT: Columbus Jazz Society November 9th concert and jam session
FEATURING: Mace Hibbard, saxophone
TIME: 6:00-9:00 PM
DATE: November 9, 2008
STREET ADDRESS: The Liberty Theatre and Cultural Center,
813 8th Ave, Columbus, GA 31901
TICKET PRICES: $7 – Annual memberships are available at the door.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 706-649-7291 or visit

NSAI November Notes
From Nona:


(Don't forget to vote for Keni Thomas on GAC everyday)

"It All Begins With A Song"
Our workshop this month is Tuesday, November 11 - 7 PM

Rivertown Showdown - Wednesday, November 5 - 8:00 PM
(THE LOFT) The first Showdown was GREAT. There was an
attentive audience that "listened" and showed respect
to all our songwriter/artist. Reminded me of The

Two finalist were selected for the Big Showdown, Dec. 17. This week two more will be selected. The audience gets a chance to vote for "best performance".

Come out and support your fellow songwriters.
There are several slots left for each week...other than this one, so you can still sign up. Have a wonderful week. Hope to see you Wednesday.



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