Indie Ogden Spotlight: Woodsongs Coffeehouse


Woodsongs Coffeehouse is not just a regular coffee house, what is this unique place all about?
By the term “coffeehouse” we mean a clean listening space for artists and audiences to enjoy each other’s company, their music and mutual encouragement. It’s the kind of acoustic venue that whole families can visit.

In the 1960’s just about every town in North America had a coffeehouse. Usually volunteer-run and held once a month, these were the musical breeding grounds for artists like Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Don McLean, John Denver and so many others. Very often, the coffeehouses would be held in schools, church basements, clubs or even in living rooms.

Time moved on and the music scene changed, but the coffeehouses continued to present wonderful concerts. By the late 1980’s and into the 90’s artists like Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, John Gorka, Beck and Dar Williams cut their musical teeth in these small, hometown music venues.

The WoodSongs Coffeehouse is our way of encouraging the resurgence of this musical tradition plus bring them all together in a national association of venues. This will help make booking artists, finding an audience and keeping the venues easy and flourishing for years to come.

When did the space open and what inspired you to get it started?
Woodsongs Coffeehouses are part of a parent organization called Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour that was started over 30 years ago by folk singer Michael Johnathan, it ​airs worldwide and also on PBS television. Woodsongs Coffeehouse Sessions in Ogden was launched in June but, the first concert will be in October. I really have continually been inspired by watching live music locally and viewing Woodsongs weekly program. Michael Johnathan always has some deep and profound words to end the show, you can’t help but be inspired to influence the world around you in a positive way, that’s Woodsongs Coffeehouse Sessions.

How can someone volunteer?​
If anyone would like to support Woodsongs ​ ​Coffeehouse they can ​by volunteering ​, ​sign up is easy go to our website to sign up ​ ​at:

Tell me about your upcoming events.
Woodsongs Coffeehouse Sessions consist of four main events throughout the year fall, winter, spring & summer music sessions​. The first of the series will be our Fall Music Session on Friday, October 10th. We have a great lineup that includes an all girl bluegrass trio from Louisville, KY called the Southern Sirens, our headliner for the event will be Taarka from Lyons, CO and two amazing local artists Candid Coyote & Shanin Blake. You can listen to the artist’s music and get more information on our website. We have partnered with Northern Utah Events to provide local craft & food vendors at the event. Woodsongs Coffeehouse supports local artists & crafters and will be a great venue to promote them.

How can local bands and musicians get involved?
If you are a musician or have a band that would like to play one of the Woodsongs Coffeehouse Sessions go to our website and click on the Get Involved page ( sign up under the Be A Volunteer link or fill out the contact us form and submit.

What else, besides great local music, does woodsongs offer?
Woodsongs offers a unique experience where you can connect with music and local vendors that will be presenting their expression of art through the crafts they make. Woodsongs also will be available to non-profits we support to provide a place for community outreach.

Tell our readers 3 things they should know about Woodsongs.
​Woodsongs Coffeehouse is a place for music lovers to connect with local musicians and new music. It’s a music venue alternative to the bar scene, which makes it perfect for families and all ages to enjoy quality music. It Introduces and encourages music exploration for younger generations as well mature music audiences and is one of the main reasons Woodsongs Coffeehouse was started. Woodsongs is affordable, we seek to keep the operating cost low and that’s why it’s ran by volunteers who love to support great music locally. Even though most of the Woodsongs events are all ages we will have a private beer garden for Woodsongs Members who are 21 and older.

Anything else you’d like​ to add?
Support your local venues, vendors, crafters, businesses and all things local, because they need the support of the community and will not survive without it. Don’t forget to look us up on facebook at Woodsongs Coffeehouse Sessions and like our page to be invited to smaller Woodsongs events throughout the year.

Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her 2 kiddos and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.