or so, songwriters and performers from around the world compete in the
songwriting competition at songfight.org, where each competitor
writes, performs, records, and submits their song, each based on the same
title, all within a strict timeframe which varies from a week to ten days or
Once a year, they get together and perform these songs live in front of an audience.
Past annual events include:
|2020: Song Fight! ? & ?
San Francisco, CA
The 20th Song Fight! Live for the 20th anniversary of Song Fight! Details TBD
|2019: Song Fight! Curds & Chords
The Rigby Pub
August 2-3, 2019
Grumpy Mike, miscellaneous owl, and Micah Sommersmith hosted two rocking nights at The Rigby pub in downtown Madison featuring performers from all across the globe! The locals took hosting to a new level, including providing the first ever actual prize for the live fight winner.
|2018: Song Fight! Beers & Beards & Bears
The Denver Bicycle Cafe
Black Shirt Brewing Co.
August 10-11, 2018
Charm Offensive hosted a fun night of acoustic music at the Denver Bicycle Cafe and a day of band sets at Black Shirt Brewing Co in Denver for a hairy beary beery Song Fight! Live. Folks played a lot of great sets and we also had time a fun "Song Fight! Tribute Band" set in which we played some old favorites from the archive. AND! We had a crowd member who never heard of Song Fight! write a song for the live fight on the spot and sing!
|2017: Song Fight! Foodies & Hoodies
The Starry Plough
September 15-16, 2017
Berkeley Social Scene hosted two nights at Berkeley local music institution The Starry Plough for a rollicking good Song Fight! Live. We had tons of great music over two nights, with some new performers like The Hell Yeahs and some old timers coming back like Brody and Mr. Car from sonofsupercar, and many more. Plus we raised over $700 for charity!
|2016: Song Fight! Touch & Go
The Sidewalk Cafe
Mise en Place
New York, NY
July 16-17, 2016
Niveous hosts the return of Song Fight! Live to the Big Apple.
|2015: Song Fight! Wiccans and Chickens
August 14-15, 2015
anti-m and Rabid Garfunkel hosted another Pacific Northwest congregation of far flung fighters, duking it out soaked in microbrews and probably macro buds too...
|2014: Song Fight! Feds 'n' Shreds
August 15-16, 2014
John Benjamin held caucus in our nation's capital as fighters local, regional, and international laid down the law of rock and roll.
|2013: Song Fight! Weird and Wired
Kick Butt Coffee
August 9-10, 2013
Jon Eric hosted the second Austin Song Fight Live where we all got our rock on in the heat and the warm hospitality of Kick Butt Coffee.
|2012: Song Fight! Beer and Coffee
The Rogue and Peasant
July 13-14, 2012
Spud (the legendary fight master and Song Fight! Live MC) opened up his home and his home town to a big flock of fighters for a caffeinated weekend of rock.
|2011: Song Fight! Yanks and Banks
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
The Firehouse Space
New York, NY
June 11-12, 2011
Niveous brought everybody together in the Big Apple for a weekend of fun and fighting, including some celebrity audience members and surprise performers.
|2010: Song Fight! Love and Haight
San Francisco, CA
July 17-18, 2010
fluffy, Ken, Lunkhead, Erin and other Bay Area fighers hosted a return to San Francisco for Song Fight's 10th anniversary.
|2009: Song Fight! Rock and Rocker
Empyrean Coffee House
July 17-18, 2009
Glenn and Rachael host another grand shindig in their home town of Spokane at a really great venue.
|2008: Song Fight! Hot & Sweaty
The Ritz Theatre
August 16th, 2008
Hoblit invited us all to Tampla for a festival of fun at the Ritz Theatre. Classic and new fighters from near and far filled out the bill for the event, with most battling it out in the cataclysmic live fight.
|2007: Song Fight! Rebels and Trebles
Cantina La Casita
East Atlanta, GA
August 16-18, 2007
JB, of the JBB invited us all to Atlanta for two nights of fun. Ken's Super Duper Band 'n Stuff, Shaeil (from England!), The John Benjamin Band, The BeWells, and Flvxxvm Florvm were on the bill for night one, with Hoblit, Frankie Big Face, 15-16 Puzzle, Starfinger & Heuristics Inc., Andre was here at Midnight, and ADD Music filling out the bill for the second night, with most returning for a special live fight.
|2006: Song Fight! High and Dry
The Cayuga Vault
Santa Cruz, CA
August 18-19, 2006
Jack Shite pulled off two nights at the Vault, emceed by Fightmaster Sr. Spud. Who was there? Who wasn't? Jack, Spud, JB, Ken, Lunkhead, Erin, Plat, Puce, Blue, PFM, Sean, Jefff, Gleen, Rachael, fluffy, bjam, stueym, Ben, Future Boy, moboid, King Arther, Rabid, Albatross, Ken Flagg, dre, Marcus, Evil-E, Hoblit, and those lovable BeWells. I am probably missing some. How do you spell Oi Oi Oi? Caravan Ray came all the way from Australia. What a couple of nights!
|2005: Song Fight! Sox and Rock
Sommerville City Club
August 12-13, 2005
Ben/BZL/Charcoal put together a triple-header, with ADD, Bjam, Stueym, Boltoph, C Hack, Charcoal, fluffy porcupine, Frankie Big Face, Future Boy, Hoblit, The Idiot Kings, The John Benjamin Band, Johnsonic, Ken's Super Duper Band 'n Stuff, The Landfills, Loyalty Day, Lunkhead, Octothorpe, Raised by Wolves, Roymond, The Sober Irishman, Starfinger, Tonetripper, TVIYH, and Jim Tyrrell. The set format from Austin was gain used to minimize stage changes.
|2004: Song Fight! Hot and Bothered
Church of the Friendly Ghost
June 18-19, 2004
Future Boy and Moboid hosted the Austin Show, the first two-night annual event. A record number of performers included Octothorpe, Frankie Big Face, ADD, Hoblit, Ken's Super Duper Band 'n Stuff, 15-16Puzzle, fluffy porcupine, the John Benjamin Band, Dr. Worm, High Density/Future Boy/Moboid, The Marcus Kellis Experience, Abecedarian, Jack Shite, Charcoal, The Voice Inside Your Head, The Sober Irishman, The Landfills, MC Poncho, Brother Machine, Liechty, Wreckdom, and Glenn Case. The evening was organized around band sets, rather than fights.
|2003: Song Fight! Wet and Wild
Finn MacCool's Public House
July 26, 2003
Spud (of Octothorpe) pulled together the third annual event, which was attended by Frankie Big Face, 15-16 Puzzle, MC Frontalot, Octothorpe, Klownhole, Hoblit, the Suzies (who had to sit at a special table), Roymond, Pray for Mojo, fluffy porcupine, and Iggy da doot boy. Bands were provided with an opportunity to play one non-songfight song, and there was a live debut of a new fight title.
|2002: Song Fight! Plain and Tall
June 28, 2002
Frankie Big Face stepped up to the plate to host this one. The fight format prevailed, and performances were presented by Brick Pig, Octothorpe, Frankie Big Face, John Benjamin, Hoblit, 15-16 Puzzle, Sparks, Dr. Worm, Prosthetic Johnson, and Raised by Wolves. Jeff Fal attended via submitted video, and we all took a break to watch the fireworks over Lancaster.
|2001: Song Fight! Live West Coast
San Francisco, CA
July 7, 2001
MC Frontalot organized this first gathering of Song Fight! competitors. In addition to the good MC himself, attendees included Duboce Triangle, the Milwaukee Youth Center Choir, Jeff Fall, Frankie Big Face, John Benjamin, Ranch on Suede, Kissing Contest, and Rejected Gift. The evening was organized in a fight-by-fight format, with the audience calling out song titles they wanted to hear.