Open Mic: make the stage your own, all sound & lighting provided, 14 October 2018

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We provide an outlet for local acoustic performers – singers, songwriters and poets all welcome. We encourage all levels – novice or expert – to hone performance skills in front of a listening and empathetic audience.

Everything is provided – microphones, stage, lighting, leads, music stands – plus a dedicated sound tech who will work with you to make you sound amazing!

If you have specific requests please talk to him before the event starts. We are a listening audience that focuses respectfully on the performers and lots of encouragement.

Perform material you know – we don’t expect perfection but you’ll always come across better if you really know your stuff. However, if you are a regular performer at our open mics we challenge you to bring new material to share.

Further develop your repertoire whilst offering the audience variety.

Sign-up time is from 7pm. Please come promptly to ensure a time-slot. You will get to perform two songs, with a time-limit of up to 10 minutes; this includes your setting up and introductions.

Some tips for performers
* Be tuned-up and ready to take the stage when it’s your turn.
* Stay close to the mic for best vocals – our mics work best between 25 and 75mm.
* After you play, the polite thing to do is stick around and listen to others.
*Be positive and encouraging. It takes guts to get up and everyone deserves bouquets for doing that.
* We all make mistakes, blow chords, and forgets lyrics sometimes. Don’t worry and don’t apologise.
* Do play contrasting songs (One slow, one fast, one in major, one in minor, one strummed, one finger picking etc.)
* Don’t play two songs in the same key back to back. Even if an audience doesn’t know, their ears will start to get bored.
* Don’t apologise before you play a song. We want to be excited about your song, support yourself by being positive.
* Do have fun! Savour the experience. You transmit your feelings from the stage – so if you have fun so will the audience.
* Practice your introductions, short & specific – you’d prefer they remember the song and not the long-winded ramble – right?
* Do prepare. Don’t launch into something you’re still learning – be kind to yourself and take the time you need to prepare and be confident!
* Keep coming back. You’ll get better and better…
…and bring your friends to cheer you on.

14 October 2018 | $5 Members; Non-members and Students

Doors open 7.00pm so you can sign up and settle in and relax in the friendly atmosphere

VENUE: Baha’i Centre, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon
The hall is situated up the long driveway, directly next to Domain Park, and there is plenty of well-lit off street parking.
DOOR SALES CASH ONLY: Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake available during the break. Eftpos available for purchases only, no cash-out facility. Folk Club and Irish Society please remember to bring your current Folk Club membership card as this is required for new club licensing. Non-members sign in at bar.