Events: Cosmic Songwriter Festival and Bloomington Music Expo coming to Bloomington, Indiana May 17-20

The following was shared with the Bloomingtonian:

Cosmic Songwriter Festival and Bloomington Music Expo coming May 17-20

Pablo ‘Oso’ Fuentes, Cosmic Songwriter co-founder – [email protected]
Shaun McDermott, Cosmic Songwriter co-founder – [email protected]
Mike McAfee, Visit Bloomington – [email protected]; 812-355-7720.

The Cosmic Songwriter Festival is a new live music festival starting in Bloomington, Indiana on
Wednesday, May 17 and running through Saturday, May 20, 2023. The multi-venue music festival emerges from Bloomington’s popular monthly Cosmic Songwriters Club featuring musical artists sharing the stage to perform original songs.

That unique format of two artists performing together will be followed for the festival. “We encourage
artists to share stories about the inspiration and writing process of their songs. We call it Cosmic because we want to bring people together to share their art with each other and the audience. We encourage a sense of serendipity, magic, and community.” – Pablo ‘Oso’ Fuentes.
2023 Cosmic Songwriter Festival Dates, Venues, and Performers:

Wednesday, May 17 – The Orbit Room – Jaimee Harris, Luke Powers, Paul Bertsch, Copeland James, CJ
Reichard, hopedaddy

Thursday, May 18 – The Bluebird – Jason Wilber, Local Honeys, Jarrod Dickenson, JP Ruggieri, Dakota
Curtis, Rikki Jean

Friday, May 19 – The Blockhouse – Kostas, Helen Darling, Scott Cook, Tommy Alexander, Sylvia Josephina, Adam deWeber

Saturday, May 20 – Switchyard Park – Hazy Hollows, Matt Lundquist, Rick Maxwell, Millaze, Lenox Monroe, Amanda Webb; Buskirk-Chumley Theater – S.G. Goodman, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Charlie Jesseph, Reverent Few, Monon Troubadours, Oso Blues.
Acclaimed artists S.G. Goodman and Aaron Lee Tasjan will be headlining the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on May 20. The NY Times says Goodman “approaches her songs as though they were stories, emphasizing character and scene.” The Tennessean compares Tasjan to Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame members Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member, Kostas, performs with Grammy-nominated songwriter, Helen Darling, at The Blockhouse on May 19 while the Local Honeys and John Prine guitarist, Jason Wilber, share the stage at The Bluebird on May 18. Texas-born singer songwriter Jaimee Harris headlines the Orbit Room on May 18 in support of her new Thirty Tigers release, Boomerang Town. Austin Chronicle wrote “Boomerang town reaches new heights for Harris.” Several other professional songwriters are confirmed to appear and please check for more performance
details and ticket information.

The Bloomington Music Expo ( is also taking place in Bloomington on
Saturday, May 20. It will feature sales of vinyl records, CDs, music art, food trucks, Cosmic Songwriter
Festival showcases, and more. “Bloomington is an underrated music town and this is a great week of live music activities that all music fans would enjoy. We hope you will join us.” – Mike McAfee.

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