Diana ROAR of the Southern Oregon Songwriters Association has two albums to her credit. - Photo courtesy of Diana ROAR

A little hometown music

A little hometown music may be just the thing to shake off those Thanksgiving dinner doldrums — or blues — this holiday weekend.

SOSA is a nonprofit, grass-roots organization that provides performance venues, songwriting workshops and other events for musicians living in Southern Oregon.

"The showcases feature all original music, and everyone has their own style," says SOSA member Diana ROAR. "I do mostly blues and rock with a little folk mixed in. I have some rockin' tempos, and then I can do some sweet melodies."

The Southern Oregon Songwriters Association will showcase original folk, rock and blues on Friday, Nov. 23, at Johnny B's, 35 S. Bartlett St., Medford. The show is open to all ages and starts at 7 p.m.

ROAR plays 12-string guitar and ukulele, and songwriters Neil Young and Joni Mitchell are two of her biggest influences, she says.

Several of the members of SOSA have their own recording studios, and many of them have albums to their credit. ROAR has recorded two albums of her songs, "Wild Woman" in 2000 and "Lift Off" in 2002. There's always a new album in the works, she says.

"I think getting exposure to our music is most important. The biggest goal for most songwriters is to have a professional artist pick up a song and help it soar to the top," ROAR says. "There's a lot of competition, getting a local fan base is the first step."

Hear ROAR's songs at myspace.com/dianaroar or at myspace.com/southernoregonsongwriters on the Web.

Other SOSA songwriters featured at the showcase will include Darrin Wayne, Larry West, Marion Rose, Jonathan Jordan, Russ Rodriguez and Jack Fischer.

Showcases are held regularly at Johnny B's and Chatters, 311B E. Pine St., Central Point. Artists of various abilities participate at each one. Call 301-0595 or see the SOSA Web site for more information.

Friday's show at Johnny B's is open to all ages. Cover costs $3; children 12 and younger will be admitted free. Call 773-1900.

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