Songwriter Sanctuary December 2023 – with Holiday Popup!


December 1


06:30 pm - 09:30 pm

Event Category:

Music Events

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Lindsay White

Website: Organizer's Website

Normal Heights United Church

4650 Mansfield Street, San Diego, CA 92116

San Diego, CA, US, 92116

An intimate concert series in a beautiful historic building featuring San Diego’s finest songwriters. With special guest host Ben Grace!

A (mostly) monthly concert series featuring San Diego’s finest songwriters. Three acts perform in a Nashville-style round sharing the stories and inspirations behind their beautiful songs. Guest host TBD!

****For this special holiday edition of Songwriter Sanctuary, we invite you to come early for a free pop-up holiday market for local makers from 4pm-7pm. Grab a bite and a warm bevvy, browse handmade wares from local vendors, then stick around for the show! (Music starts at 7pm). Normal Heights United stands as a proud partner in this community-building music series – let’s show them some love and appreciation for utilizing their space to showcase local artists and businesses! ****


Thea the Band: Thea writes original Cosmic American tunes from the heart, for the soul. Though the ups and downs of love are the favorite lyrical focal point, no emotion is left unattended to. Songs for the working man and woman who go through every day highs and every day lows. Come as you are and leave a little more in tune with who that is.

Josh Weinstein: Josh Weinstein is a working composer, arranger, producer, and pianist/organist/keyboard player originally from New York. His 2008 album “Love & Alcohol” received airplay on nearly 300 stations worldwide, CMJ charted, and was licensed by MTV. His previous album “Brooklyn Is Sinking” appeared on “Best of 2006” lists at both WFUV and Josh is active as both a sideman and featured performer in nightclubs, concert stages and recording studios. He appears on albums and in videos for artists in multiple genres, with mainstage appearances at festivals and show venues worldwide and an active freelance schedule of several hundred dates per year. When he’s not performing or recording, he teaches college courses on American popular music, Western classical music, and a variety of World Music practices. He also maintains a full private teaching studio out of his San Diego home.

Cheyenne Benton: Brimming with bubblegum angst, San Diego-based Cheyenne Benton breathes lyrical fire into the world of atmospheric indie pop. With sincere, defiant lyrics, Benton creates an infectious wonderland of retro nostalgia and futuristic instrumentation. Both her explosive melodies and transparent storytelling are heavily influenced by years performing in musical theater. Benton released her debut EP in December 2017. Her single “My Heart” was nominated as a semi-finalist in the 2018 International Songwriting Competition. In 2023, Benton’s song “Drinkin’ About U” was nominated at the San Diego Music Awards.

Location: Normal Heights United Church

4650 Mansfield St, San Diego, CA 92116. Thank you to our generous venue partner for sharing this beautiful space with the local music community!

Time: Doors 6:15pm, Show 7-9:30pm (NHU also hosting a holiday pop-up makers market from 4-7pm – free and open to public)

Suggested Donation: $10 (all ages) but please be generous in your support of these top tier talents whose creative work is their livelihood. All donations go to artists. We want you to come to the show regardless of what you can afford to pay! For this reason, you may bring up to 10 people per donation, no matter the amount you give.

Food/Drink: Available for purchase, thanks to our sponsors! Duck Foot Brewing Company, Flying Embers, and Grace2Go Meals

Accessibility: Please direct any venue accessibility requests to Molly Lorden molly(at)nhunited(dot)org.

[Banner image description: Songwriter Sanctuary flyer features snowflake border and photos of this month’s artists, as well as logos for NHU, Duckfoot, Grace2Go, and Flying Embers. Full text in Eventbrite description.]

[Image description: A packed audience fills Normal Heights United Church as Songwriter Sanctuary artists perform.]

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