Open Mics and Showcases

PDP DSA Showcase sign


1st Monday – Half Price Books, Dallas – This is an informal guitar pull and new song workshop – free

3rd Thursday – Dunn Brothers Coffee, Addison – free


We have showcases throughout the year where our members take the stage on festival and club or restaurant stages.

Every Second Wednesday at Opening Bell Coffee, South Side,  7- 10, Craig Langford hosts

Every 4th Thursday at Love & War, Plano, 7 – 10 Rickey Gene Wright hosts

April – DSA stage – Deep Ellum Arts Festival – Sons of Hermann Hall

May – DSA City Line Stage at Wildflower Music and Arts Festival

Our open mic and showcase programs are designed to help the songwriter develop his or her performing skills. Who better to start promoting their songs than the songwriters themselves. Starting with performing 1 song at the open mic and getting the experience to work up to a 30 minutes to 1 hour spot on a showcase.

All levels of performance learning opportunities

Open Mic

Songwriters can play as few as one song and as many as 3-5 songs depending on how many sign up. Just show up and sign up on the list. You will get a turn to play for a nurturing audience who will listen to your song and not judge your performance, but can offer constructive feedback upon request.


Songwriters who have a live recording of their performance and can play 30 minutes of their original material may contact the showcase director to schedule a spot. If you do not have a recording, then show up and perform at the open mic and let the director know you will be there. Once you have performed on a 30 minute program, then you can apply for a one hour spot at one of our showcases. You must be a member in good standing of Dallas Songwriters Association to showcase.