Ventnor Coffee promotes itself as a “community living room.” The coffeeshop, which opened this summer on North Dorset Avenue in Ventnor Heights, offers customers high-quality coffees and cocoas, with ample seating, reading materials and live music — it’s a place to come and hang out.

Owners Mike Einwechter and Christine Pagano noticed there was a lack places such as this in the area, so they opened their funky cafe and set it up in a living room-style and opened it as a place to unite people and promote local artists.

Music Showdown:

Ventnor Coffee is in the midst of hosting its first-ever Music Showdown, presented in partnership with 100.7-FM WZXL. This music competition is open to all bands and musicians with a different music genre for each competition performance date.

This Saturday, the category is indie/experimental, with performances scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6:40 p.m. On Sunday, the category is singer/songwriter with performances from 10:10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, March 15, the category is folk/Americana; Sunday, March 16, pop/teens; March 22, punk, and March 23, alternative. Best of Show is set for Saturday, March 29, when the best of each genre will compete for the top three best of show spots.

Participants will have 15 to 20 minutes to perform three of their original works for the audience and judges. The bands with the highest scores will advance, and winners will be announced at each showcase.

The final awards show will be an open-to-the-public event at Margaritaville at Resorts Casino-Hotel 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 12.

Einwechter says the competition is a chance of a lifetime for local musicians to break out.

Band submissions are limited to 20 for each category and are accepted on a first-come basis. All entrants will be notified of showcase start and showdates. There is no fee to sign up or participate. To register to be a part of the weekly music showdown competition, go to