Open Mic Nights: C/D?

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Obviously dud from the perspective of usually being much of an enjoyable musical experience, but I've been for the first time working on some material where I sing (whereas I've mostly just played drums or guitar in bands), and I feel like there might be some benefit to playing these things just to get myself used to actually singing in front of people, and for testing out my songs, working out bugs, etc? Or is there some argument against this, do they create a crutch of a false supportive audience?

Also anyone have any recs of NYC open mics (especially queens)?

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Monday, 7 March 2016 22:42 (three years ago) link

Dunno, but please tell me when you do this and I will try to come.

Jesperson, I think we're lost (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 March 2016 22:48 (three years ago) link

ken I will make sure to let you know about the fourth or fifth one I do if they go well ;)

I want an anonymous experience.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Monday, 7 March 2016 22:50 (three years ago) link

NSA open mic.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Monday, 7 March 2016 22:50 (three years ago) link

B-b-but what if you give up before then?

Jesperson, I think we're lost (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 March 2016 22:50 (three years ago) link

There are yelp or facebook pages dedicating to listing these things too, in Queens. Sorry most cats I know these days are jazz guys and would never being doing this.

Jesperson, I think we're lost (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 March 2016 22:52 (three years ago) link

The hardest part for me if I do this is going to be getting over my sense of embarrassment at the whole apparatus. Which I guess is part of why it would probably be a good thing for me to do. I kind of wish there was one that was like very dark and smoky and everyone looked glum and didn't burst into supportive applause.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Monday, 7 March 2016 22:58 (three years ago) link

This is what Viv Albertine did when she wanted to start playing her own stuff. Good enough for Viv, good enough for anyone! You should do it.

La Lechuza (La Lechera), Monday, 7 March 2016 22:59 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

I feel like there might be some benefit to playing these things just to get myself used to actually singing in front of people, and for testing out my songs, working out bugs, etc

Open mics are fantastic for all of these reasons, plus you will meet other musicians, maybe even good ones! I spent a considerable amount of time trolling craigslist for a lead singer and after auditioning several people I ended up poaching a great vocalist/guitar player from an open mic.

Of course most folks that show up at these things are not very good, but that can be a tremendous confidence boost (this guy sucks but here he is on stage and no one is throwing rotten fruit at him, guess I have nothing to worry about)

it's sort of a layered stunt (sheesh), Saturday, 27 August 2016 04:10 (two years ago) link

Oops this was five months ago, ever make it out to an open mic man alive?

it's sort of a layered stunt (sheesh), Saturday, 27 August 2016 06:29 (two years ago) link


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