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larryguitar19
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Dec 22nd, 2016 10:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We have a couple open mics in my area.

I usually attend one that is the traditional open mic about every 4 or 6 weeks and have a great time. They alternate acoustic and electric each week so I can pick and chose according to my mood.

Another open "hybrid" mic mixes comedians and musicians. I have to say I just don't like it. It seems to me the vibes are different. Also the crowd seems a lot less concerned with the quality of the musicians and the sound people are not overly interested in the EQ. I'm thinking I might be done with those.

Thoughts?

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 12:11 AM, Dec 23rd, 2016)

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Dec 23rd, 2016 02:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Only open mic I ever actually liked was an "anything goes" one.

Comedians (rare), poetry (rare), acoustic (about half), electric (about a third), occasional bands, and gods know what else.

Run by a guy who gave anybody their three songs worth, and made it work.

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Dec 23rd, 2016 08:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I play two O/M's per week. Both are music only and both are FUN!

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Tony Wright
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Dec 24th, 2016 12:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As a non singing bass player, I doubt anyone would give me three songs on an open mic stage.

I have been to open "jams" where you do not get to pick who you play with...that means NO "full bands on stage together...you and a friend can go together and you play with one of the regulars or another "wandered in to see what it was like."

Typically, the guy running those events knows the regulars and those who can sing and can "lead" by picking simple songs that even a dweeb like me can follow.

I avoid comediennes. I even wear a patch to protect me from comediennes. Seems to work so far.

What could possibly protect you from a comedienne? I use two patches and alternate them. One has a notice of Jury Duty. The other is a job application. Works like garlic and vampires.

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Dec 24th, 2016 09:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tony, I think you certainly qualify to do standup comedy at an open mic!

Tony Wright
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Dec 24th, 2016 09:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Look at who's talking...our resident tongue in cheek.

(Meaning "your" tongue in "YOUR" cheek.)

(rim shot) I'll be in town all week.

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Dec 25th, 2016 09:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One of the waiters is unaccounted for. Avoid the meat loaf!

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 11:39 AM, Dec 25th, 2016)

Tony Wright
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Dec 25th, 2016 02:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I yield. I'm not worthy.

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Dec 27th, 2016 10:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

While the Open Mic scene is vibrant in the San Francisco Bay Area, the opposite is true around Lake Tahoe.

Where there used to be many, there is now only one (Pastime Club in Truckee) and it doesn't start until 9:30PM on Sunday nights (lots of trust fund babies who don't have to go to work the next day).

I spend a fair amount of time around Truckee and it's sad to see so many fun O/M's go away.

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Dec 29th, 2016 01:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There are a number of regular open mic/jams in our area. As far as I know, they are all music-only things.
The music varies from solo acoustic to multi-person electric jams and everything in between.
I co-host one of those and we set it up so you sign up for a 3-song shot and you do whatever you want. You can request folks to sit in with you or just limit it to yourself (or your "group").
We never just stick people randomly together (that sounds like almost guaranteed train-wreck time, to me).

There are also a couple comedy open mics. The drummer in one of my bands also does stand-up and he frequents the comedy open mics and, again, as far as I know, these are comedy-only events.

I could see where the "hybrid" events could be a lot more.....inconsistent.

reverendrob
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Dec 29th, 2016 10:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They're inconsistent, but that's where the fun was a lot of the time.

And you'd find that some of those folks were also musicians, or knew some, or vice versa, and there was a pollination that wasn't yet another Dylan/folkie hell.

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Dec 30th, 2016 08:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Local ukelele/guitar shop here in Ft Lauderdale has a monthly uke jam. I went once last spring and it was Beatle's night. Fun time. lots of beginners, song books, group vocals. Best part was the 4 older gals (60 somethings) who bring wine, ice, glasses. What's next? Light a joint? they don't play very well, but know how to enjoy themselves.

The other night was Beatle's night again and I went. Smaller crowd, but still a good time. A Mom and her 15 year old daughter got ukes for Christmas. the kid is already a good player. It's a good store to for me to catch GAS too.

(This message was last edited by picnic at 10:06 AM, Dec 30th, 2016)

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