Songwriter’s Square Puts Distinctive Touch on L.A. Singer-Songwriter Scene

Songwriter's Square The Lyric-Hyperion Theatre is a cozy, 50-seat theatre in the round, located in the hilly Los Feliz section of Los Angeles. Its name, derived from the intersection where it's located—Lyric St. and Hyperion Avenue—coincidentally makes it an appropriate choice for a songwriter showcase. Songwiter's Square has been at the Lyric-Hyperion every month for more than a year and half. Curated and hosted by songwriter-singer-playwright Bill Berry, the Square is a twist on the traditional "songwriters in the round"—in which the writers traditionally sit in a line upon the stage of a club or bar—with the writers actually performing in a round, err...square, facing each other. The theatre setting raises the intimacy level and reduces the typical bar/club distractions. Writers who've performed at the Square include Grammy winners Art Podell (New Christy Minstrels) and Julie Gold (1991 Song of the Year for "From a Distance"); Grammy nominees Shelly Peiken (for "Bitch," who's also had #1 hits with "What a Girl Wants" and "Come on Over Baby") and Harriet Schock ("Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady"); hit writers Lois Blaisch (#1 hit "Could've Been") and Ruthann Friedman (#1 hit "Windy"); as well performers including John Wicks (The Records), Debbi Peterson (The Bangles) and Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice), among many others. When the house lights dim for a Square show, the performers take their places and Berry, animated and outgoing, introduces them and some of their achievements. This is usually followed by some banter, which the audience is encouraged to... Sign In to Keep Reading

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