The institution, held monthly at the Bitter End since 1991, celebrates its 25th anniversary Nov. 17.
This month marks the 25th anniversary of New York City's revered songwriter showcase the New York Songwriters Circle, which, for once a month since 1991 at The Bitter End on Bleecker St., has fostered emerging songwriters, several of whom have gone on to earn impressive Billboard chart careers as artists, beginning with Lisa Loeb. Norah Jones, Gavin DeGraw and Lana Del Rey, among others, have followed.
Tomorrow, Nov. 17, the Circle celebrates with a birthday bash featuring, among other talents, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates and Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter, known for his starring role in the hit musical Kinky Boots. (Two shows will take place, at 7:30 and 10 p.m.)
On the latest Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, Porter, fellow Circle graduate Vanessa Carlton and artistic director and host of the Circle Tina Shafer chat with Billboard's Gary Trust and Alex Vitoulis about the showcase's rich legacy. "When I first started running the Circle, I thought, 'This'll just be temporary, and I'll book my buddies,' " Shafer says. "Little did I know, I just kept booking and booking people. It is the gift that keeps on giving."