Second Saturdays Songwriters Showcase returns to The Mirage

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michelle-mangioneOnce again Michelle Mangione (seen here performing at the Top of the Town Arts Festival) brings Second Saturdays Songwriters Showcase to the Mirage Coffeehouse. On the Second Saturday of each month, Long Beach resident, musician, singer-songwriter and recording artist, Michelle Mangione packs the stage at The Mirage Coffeehouse with talented performers for the Second Saturdays Songwriters Showcase.

This Saturday, June 13, Mangione returns to share the stage within the intimate setting of Bixby Knolls coffeehouse with poet Trace Weatherford and the music of The Ukettes.

Trace has attended Jack Grapes famous “Method Writing” class in West Los Angeles and has been published in several literary anthologies and Magazines. Trace is a member of redbubble, an online community launched a couple of years ago in Australia that is now worldwide. redbubble is an online community that promotes the creative artistic genius within everyone…specializing in photography, digital art and writing. One of the more prominent groups on redbubble is called “Body of Work”. In November 2008, Trace became only the 2nd writer in the history of redbubble to be “Body of Works” featured artist.

The Ukettes were formed in Long Beach California after being in a ukulele class together. Hannah, Cynthia and Laura all share a long love of music and the desire to spread the joy this humble little instrument can bring. After being together for only a short time, their fan base has grown and so have they. Along with a list of familiar tunes the girls have also started adding their own original songs to the set list. The Ukettes recently finished their first “music video” while on a ukulele cruise to Mexico and have it posted on Youtube.

And of course the usual suspects Michelle, Steve and Angela will be there with bells (and guitars) on.

Second Saturday Songwriters Showcase runs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. There is a $6 suggested donation at the door. The Mirage Coffeehouse is located in the heart of Bixby Knolls at 539 East Bixby Road at Atlantic Avenue. Call the Mirage for directions at (562) 424-4774.

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