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larryguitar19

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Dec 22nd, 2016 10:02 PM        

We have a couple open mics in my area. <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Thoughts?<br /> <br />



reverendrob

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Dec 23rd, 2016 02:46 AM        

Only open mic I ever actually liked was an "anything goes" one.<br /> <br /> Comedians (rare), poetry (rare), acoustic (about half), electric (about a third), occasional bands, and gods know what else.<br /> <br /> 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        

I play two O/M's per week. Both are music only and both are FUN!<br /> <br /> 6



Tony Wright

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Dec 24th, 2016 12:00 AM        

As a non singing bass player, I doubt anyone would give me three songs on an open mic stage.<br /> <br /> 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."<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> I avoid comediennes. I even wear a patch to protect me from comediennes. Seems to work so far.<br /> <br /> 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        

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        

Look at who's talking...our resident tongue in cheek.<br /> <br /> (Meaning "your" tongue in "YOUR" cheek.)<br /> <br /> (rim shot) I'll be in town all week.



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Dec 25th, 2016 09:39 AM        

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



Tony Wright

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Dec 25th, 2016 02:15 PM        

I yield. I'm not worthy.



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Dec 27th, 2016 10:18 AM        

While the Open Mic scene is vibrant in the San Francisco Bay Area, the opposite is true around Lake Tahoe.<br /> <br /> 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).<br /> <br /> I spend a fair amount of time around Truckee and it's sad to see so many fun O/M's go away.<br /> <br /> 6



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Dec 29th, 2016 01:22 PM        

There are a number of regular open mic/jams in our area. As far as I know, they are all music-only things. <br /> The music varies from solo acoustic to multi-person electric jams and everything in between.<br /> 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").<br /> We never just stick people randomly together (that sounds like almost guaranteed train-wreck time, to me).<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> I could see where the "hybrid" events could be a lot more.....inconsistent.



reverendrob

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Dec 29th, 2016 10:19 PM        

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

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.<br /> <br /> 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.



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