What’s So Special About Open Mics?

By Chris Nauman I love being part of the open mic scene for several reasons.  One, is the opportunity to work on new material before a live audience.  As a singer/songwriter, I am always interested in how my new song connects with an audience, my listeners. Also I am interested in how the song feels…

Stage Fright

by Mark Sandman Yes, I admit it.  I’ve been performing since Moby Dick was a minnow and I still get stage fright sometimes.  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t.  I never know when or why it happens. The best solution I’ve found for stage fright, as well as for any anxiety-inducing situation (except driving) is…

Can I Read You My New Song?

By Mark Sandman This might be one of the more controversial blogs I’ve written regarding open mic performing.  It addresses the question when is a new song ready to be performed?  My comments apply, in particular, to solo performers. In my opinion, if you don’t know a song well enough to sing it without having…

You Can’t Learn Originality

By Mark Sandman I’ve been playing guitar for almost forty years!  When I had been playing guitar for all of one year, I thought I was a boulder among rocks.  I could play Barr chords, do a little Travis picking, even play a little lead guitar.  Forty years later I feel there is more to…

Why Open Mics – Open Mic Tips

By Kenny Selcer This months guest blogger, Kenny Selcer, shares some great advice for open mic performers.  He talks from experience. In addition to being a talented singer, songwriter, and musician, he hosts an open mic on the first and third Sunday of each month at the Colonial Inn in Concord.  He has released several…

Live Performance Microphone Techniques

By Mark Sandman Singing into a microphone sounds like a no brainer, but learning how to use a microphone correctly can be one of the most challenging things for a new open mic performer to master.  This blog discusses basic live performance microphone techniques. Almost all mics, used at live performance venues, are what are…