Busker-Rush: Coming to an Open Mic Near You!
Since promoting live, local music and the venues that support it is our mission, it only made sense to seek out the area’s open mic nights. Seasoned musicians know an open mic offers a stage where new songs can be test-driven. Young musicians see them as an opportunity to meet their peers, make some connections and try out different lineups and arrangements. Music fans know that these smaller, less formal shows can deliver spontaneous, unique jams between the players. It’s a win-win-win: unless they go away. That’s why Gigspots is seeking out open mic nights across the region and promoting the venues who host them. They deserve to make a profit on a night that pays forward so much to the music community.
The Cove in York was a great choice to start this team-effort and Wednesday March 13 it went down. The food and drink specials were “musician budget” priced. Mike Males of MyRuralRadio.com hosted the evening and many MRR artists came out to play. The Cove was debuting a new sound system that sounded great. There were plenty of mics, cables, amps and monitors to give a full, clear sound. Local notable Kelly John McClain sat in on drums with many acts.
The night ran smoothly with twelve acts getting fifteen minutes each from 8pm-12am. Well, it ran a bitlater; the all-jam featuring American Hollar at the end could have gone for hours. The lineup: Wayne Beck, Ian Dellinger and Amy Mummert, Adam Blessing, Dani Hoy, Mark Jacob, The Lone Wolf Project, Jasper the Tourist, Jessica Boyer, Sal Biondollo, Clint Hibshman, Tom Kerns and then the American Hollar finale.
It’s hard to believe that Jeff Hostetter, the much-loved, wildly-respected luthier and resonator player was making his next-to- last appearance at The Cove with the band he helped to found. He will be sorely missed and irreplaceable in the band and our musical community.
Plenty of musical magic moments arose. Jessica Boyer was appearing at The Cove for the first time and wowed the place! Dani Hoy debuted two new songs! Sal and Tom showed they still have the chops to play any room. The Lone Wolf Project (aka Phil Freeman) stopped in for a howl after an earlier gig! Musicians were jumping in and out of lineups and jamming together, some for the first time, and connections were being made. One trio that formed may actually become a band!
Tonight (3/26) in Marietta, Leo DiSanto hosts the Tuesday Acoustic Open Mic Night at Shank’s Tavern. You may know him best as the lead troubador from The Vinegar Creek Constituency. Leo’s talent and engaging spirit always makes for a good night and boy, can he bring out the players. It’s a Tuesday so the kitchen features Asian foods besides their always-scrumptious regular menu. The beer selection rotates between amazing and “Really?! You have That!?”
Come out to play tonight! Eat, drink, be merry and support a beautiful tavern that consistently supports the local music scene. You may have so much fun, you’ll return Thursday for their “15 Minutes of Fame Electric Open Mic!”