For the last year I've been writing songs, and after awhile the urge to play them out in front of people drove me out the door, so I decided to pluck up my courage and hit an open mic. My first one was the Corktown, a few blocks from me. Tomi Swick was slated to host but wasn't there, so I just played, and it was great! ...and then I got hooked. I have a somewhat addictive personality, so it doesn't take much, but I've been going out to as many as my schedule and circadian rhythms will allow, at least 2 per week right now for close to a month.
I went to one tonight, @ Homegrown Hamilton (and hosted by the very friendly and supportive Dave Gould) ...and it suddenly occurred to me, I am becoming an sort of afficionado! and so, without further ado, I present to you,
Hamilton Open Mics (a blog)!
...I'll be reviewing open mics based on a number of factors:
- audience (i.e. attentiveness)
- crowd (hipster? fogie? folkie?)
- beer prices (anywhere from a free pint for playing to $7.50 plus tip...!)
- talent and energy...
- repertoire (folk? rock? blues? post-metal?)
- ...and the overall experience, basically
EDIT: It's also been suggested I discuss the congeniality of the host, the quality of the sound and/or the sound technician, the gear available (so potential performers know what or what not to bring), and timelines: when to sign up, whether it runs on schedule, etc. Good ideas Tom Shea! Thanks!
so heeeeeere we go...!