The Open Mic Network started out in the middle of 2006 with a conversation between myself, Darren Zaza and the management of the Daniel O’Connell Hotel (known affectionately as ‘The Dan’) in which we were brainstorming ways that The Dan could revitalise Wednesday night entertainment.
I think it was either Darren or The Dan that came up with the initial Open Mic idea but the first Open Mic @ The Dan started on November 6th, 2006 and it is still running to this day.
Since that time I’ve noticed a real groundswell in support for grassroots music initiatives such as Open Mics to the point that now in Adelaide you can attend an Open Mic on any night of the week.
I’ve always believed that the music industry is one big community of musicians and punters alike and that an Open Mic is a tangible way in which the power of community can be demonstrated so why not try to form a network of Open Mics to enhance the power of community for all.
The general benefits of an Open Mic are:
1. Open Mics are a great networking opportunity for songwriters, performers and musicians of all experiences and skill levels. Everyone gets together in one place with music as a common bond and allows magic to happen
2. It is also a great night out in a relaxed, performer-friendly environment listening to music performed by anyone and everyone. A mixed bag of good and improving performances. You can feel comfort zones being shattered.
3. You can road-test new material as it is being written (even works in progress if you are daring) and get great feedback from your peers.
4. As other singer/songwriters are present you can easily find a songwriting partner.
5. It is an opportunity to perform in from of an attentive, respectful crowd in which you can promote other shows, get names on a mailing list and sell product. If you have a band that you are starting and you want to get the vibe happening before your first gig, Open Mics are perfect for this.
6. If you are looking for other band members networking at an open mic should be one of the thing on your to do list.
7. Most open mic venues have music on other nights so consider your performance an audition for a gig on another night
If you have any questions and/or feedback regarding the Open Mic Network please feel free to contact me