The 5th Original Music Showcase and Open Mic will happen at the Creative Center Friday, June 15. The event includes an open mic segment followed by two featured artists. Sometimes you'll even be treated to an open jam session either at the beginning or end of the evening. How (you may ask) can you jam to an original song you haven't heard before? Come down and see (better yet, hear). Good original musicians know it is possible, actually probable... and fun. This is part of the unique magic.
Open Mic signup begins at 7pm and performance begin as soon as all slots are filled. For complete information, visit the event's official page here.
Songwriters will play from 2-4 original songs. After Aubrey Shamel was so well-received as one of last month's Featured Artists, she agreed to return this Friday and will fill the final Open Mic slot and open for the Featured Artists. You will see and hear why when you come down. We have had a great showing of talent at our Open Mics, and this often allows us to present these fine performers as Featured Artists, so they can later have a full 45 minute set to showcase their music. The open mic portion continues until around 9pm, when our first Featured Artist takes the stage.
The originality and excellence begins at 9pm with David Reavis. He got our attention at our first Open Mic and has been invited back because of the response he received. He is talented, dedicated, and has a unique and original approach to his music, with a positive and contagious attitude about his own creative art and that of others. These are among the qualities we strive to promote at the Showcase events. David's instrument/weapon of choice is guitar, which he plays with flair, as well as finesse. He moves, and his songs will move you. You will not be bored.
At 10 pm is Morgan McPherson. Her instrument is piano and we have a very grand baby grand here which we will mic up for her and her expressive voice so you can hear the best of her heartfelt, deep, and haunting tunes. Morgan is an excellent songwriter, and she presents her songs with clear honesty and skillful artistry. Be there.
When I say "there", I mean the Showcase Gallery, a very comfortable and intriguing place featuring original fine art by members of The Creative Center. The atmosphere is casual but upbeat. The food is good and not expensive. The beverages are also inexpensive, and cover a broad range, especially when you add in the BYOB factor. There is no cover (donations are invited, from ones to tens... anything). It will be well worth it. The talented performers give you a first heard experience of "hits to come". The sound is excellent, run by the experienced sound-man Kris Ferris (he is a musician as well). Mike Garrigan, a talented singer-songwriter himself as well as audio engineer, will be recording the evening. Our goal is to give each performer a 2-track audio/video DVD of their performance (with option to have more channels mixed professionally by Mike). I've heard the MC (that would be me,) is good, too... a little goofy, but pleasantly so.
Grab a songwriter. Come on down, or up, or over. Bring a friend or three. Y'all will like it.