For more than 4 years now, the renowned Marine Room Tavern in Laguna Beach has been serving up budding songwriters and undiscovered crooners in its Tuesday Night Songwriter’s Showcase.

In contrast to the Marine Room’s standard fare of fun and rowdy live bands and fans, the Songwriter’s Showcase tends to be a mellower event with acoustic or single-instrument play … all the better to hear some of the most tremendous singing and songwriting talent in the area.

When you’ve finished your Taco Tuesday evening at the White House, wander two blocks down to the Marine Room on Ocean Avenue between 8 and 11 to listen in on an ever-rotating bill of great talent.

Not just anyone can take over the stage. The event is organized by Beth Fitchet Wood, the well-loved singer and guitarist of the early ’70s “Honk” band and the now-popular “The Girls” band. A singer since the age of 3, Beth thought it would be a great idea to give bracing new talent a turn in the spotlight. Singers and songwriters must possess at least a self-produced CD of their work and need to “apply” through Beth at her web site, www. http://BethFitchetWood…

Each Tuesday begins with a 30-45 minute set from Beth, herself, and the stage then opens to feature 3-4 scheduled acts. Crowd sizes vary but you’ll usually be able to find yourself a chair or a seat at the elbow-worn bar. What the event lacks in American Idol hoopla it makes up for in sheer, unbridled talent.

How to find the Songwriter’s Showcase at the Marine Room Tavern:
From Laguna’s Main Beach (the first big beach at Broadway and PCH), travel a block south on PCH to Ocean Avenue. You’ll see the Tavern’s green awning right there on the left side of the street.

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