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NYC Guitar Group Open Mic

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Everyone! Thanks for such an awesome time at my first open mic!! I had a blast playing and listening to all the creative performers. I am looking forward to the next one. :-) Steven, thanks so much for an awesome job running it!! You really brought some great energy to the funtimes. :-) :-)

    May 18, 2014

  • nancy

    Thanks, Broadway Steve, for a great night! So many great performances - glad I stayed to the end!

    Once again, a shameless plug for an upcoming gig:

    My band, RED GRETCHEN, is playing at Fontana's on Thursday, May 15th @ 9 pm. If you haven't seen us in a while - or YET! - please try to make this show!! It'll be our first time playing for a new promoter, and it'll really help to have audience support, so hope you can make it down to... FONTANA'S
    105 Eldridge St, NYC
    btw. Broome & Grand Sts.
    Show starts @ 7:30 pm
    RED GRETCHEN hits the stage @ 9 pm

    http://www.fontanasnyc.com­
    https://www.facebook.com/fontana...­

    RED GRETCHEN is
    Ronnie Wheeler - lead guitar & vocals (also a Guitar Group member!)
    Shauna Westgate - drums
    Nancy Pollak - rhythm guitar, vocals
    Anne Husick - bass Come early, stay late, and bring yer ear plugs - it's gonna be a ROCKIN' show! See ya there - Nancy :-)

    1 · May 14, 2014

  • Lawrence Heywood B.

    Steve stepped up to the plate tonight and hit a home run. He followed Charlie's handbook to the tee - encouragement, modeling professional behavior, musicianship and even the use of some lingo that defined him as a common man- no better or worse than anybody else. Perhaps the only thing that Steve did not do as well as Charlie was his total lack and disregard for corny jokes. This was sorely apparent by the absence of booing or cat calls from the audience. Other than that omission the night went without a hitch. Under Charlie's close supervision, I'm sure that Stephen could learn a few jokes that meet the high standards that have been established. Other than that, a fantastic night. It almost took on a camp fire spirit right before Crapsey attacks. Well done Steven.

    1 · May 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Broadway Steve is a little more like late career George Carlin to Charlie's Hennie Youngman. Both of them lose to Betty White.

      May 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I resemble that remark (Groucho Marx)

      May 14, 2014

  • bwaySteve B.

    It never ceases to amaze me at each of these Open Mics the level of talent,not latent talent but developed, dedicated musicianship and writing craft exhibited at these sessions. To see several people who never attended an open mic before KILL ,is a bloodbath I can feel proud to be a part of ( forgive me, it's late).Thanks to everyone who showed for being a great audience and facilitating the type of high level creativity and sharing we seem to manifest EVERY month. In a world in which cut and paste passes for talent all too often, we are able to bring these little gems we perfect month after month with an uncomplicated joy in the sharing. Who's better than us ?

    1 · May 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for being such a warm and welcoming host. It helped my 'First open mic jitters' calm down a bit. Just looked you up in the Cardozo yearbook...Awww!!!

      1 · May 14, 2014

    • Christopher S. C.

      Thank you so much for the opportunity to play my songs for an audience, I was a nervous wreck all day yesterday, but I think it went really well (I even got to do an encore) Can't wait for the next one! :-)

      May 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A big shoutout to Broadway Steve for hosting last night. Thanks, my friend. See you next time.
    In the meantime, What did the fisherman say to the card magician? Pick a cod, any cod.
    Rimshot.

    2 · May 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    That was fun! Hopefully I won't wait 3 years to come to the next one...

    1 · May 13, 2014

    • Lawrence Heywood B.

      Mike - I really enjoyed your performance. I hope to see you there next month

      May 14, 2014

  • Jen

    I just read all the FAQ's and my question wasn't answered, though I learned a lot and it sounds great. Do most people play their own compositions? Is it frowned on to play standards from the radio like "Anticipation"? I'm going to try to write some songs, but, right, now, my repertoire is mostly the folk-rock from the 70s. Is that frowned on? :)

    May 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well said, my friend.

      May 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I guess the way I'd put it is: Respect both yourself and your listeners. For example, I did a duet jazz show last December with a piano player I know at a church he's involved with. We played a few old songs (All of Me, Take the A Train, Body and Soul) and arrangements of two holiday songs (Stille Nacht and What Child Is This?) because the audience was definitely in the senior set and we figured that those were songs they'd recognize, two of which were seasonally appropriate. We also threw in a few modern jazz tunes (Beatrice by Sam Rivers and All Blues by Miles Davis) that we particularly liked. It helps to choose songs with great melodies, though. Everybody can enjoy a great melody, even if they don't know it!

      May 13, 2014

  • Jack R.

    Guys the map is fucked up, there is no such a place here

    May 13, 2014

    • Jack R.

      Ok then

      May 13, 2014

    • Jack R.

      And thanx

      May 13, 2014

  • Amanda

    Really wanted to go but it's my dad's birthday.

    May 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Family first. Always.

      1 · May 13, 2014

    • Lawrence Heywood B.

      On the other hand, dad might understand - "it's only rock and roll but I like it". On the other hand...................

      May 13, 2014

  • bwaySteve B.

    Man, it will be a hoot if ALL 46 people who signed up show ( which rarely happens) Remember 46 in the spring is like 24 in the Winter when everybody has a coat, a hat , a scarf... If anything, that number shows interest and we have generated this because of the venue and the crowd being so welcoming. When we get a good crowd ,the venue sends a bartender down to us which is particularly nice .Makes it more of a party. A very " Talent-Forward" night .Remember $5 when you arrive to cover the sound person and other costs of the Meetup, quite inexpensive for open mics these days.

    1 · May 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's the musical entertainment bargain of the century.

      2 · May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Forgot to add that Broadway Steve Baker will be filling in as the group host. Which is to your advantage since he's better looking, funnier and a much, much better guitar player than me. Thank you Steve.

    May 1, 2014

    • Jason l.

      Absolutely! You are correct regarding all of the above.

      May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's my first open mic so I will have to learn the ropes. Looking forward to hearing the music and meeting other guitarists.

    May 12, 2014

  • Marc N

    Might be a dumb question. Is it ok to use profanity or is that discouraged? It won't be excessive.

    May 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      @ Marc: It isn't, in a loosely and somewhat sloppily enforced way. Some of us like to dance on the edge, though.

      1 · May 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Most of this is covered in the FAQ, which is linked at the top of the page.

      May 9, 2014

  • nancy

    Hi Everyone - This is a totally shameless plug for an upcoming gig:

    My band, RED GRETCHEN, is playing at Fontana's on Thursday, May 15th @ 9 pm. If you haven't seen us in a while - or YET! - please try to make this show!! It'll be our first time playing for a new promoter, and it'll really help to have audience support, so hope you can make it down to... FONTANA'S
    105 Eldridge St, NYC
    btw. Broome & Grand Sts.
    Show starts @ 7:30 pm
    RED GRETCHEN hits the stage @ 9 pm

    http://www.fontanasnyc.com
    https://www.facebook.com/fontanasnyc?rf=113997121964423

    RED GRETCHEN is
    Ronnie Wheeler - lead guitar & vocals (also a Guitar Group member!)
    Shauna Westgate - drums
    Nancy Pollak - rhythm guitar, vocals
    Anne Husick - bass Come early, stay late, and bring yer ear plugs - it's gonna be a ROCKIN' show!
    See ya there - Nancy

    May 9, 2014

  • bwaySteve B.

    If this is your first open mic or your first in years THIS is the Open Mic for you.Just a great night of people entertaining one another.

    2 · May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward! First time playing out for (how old are the twins again? 9?) 9 years. Whooohooo! Now, where did I put that tuner.....

    May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I know we all love guitar. A great boogie woogie/blues piano player and singer ain't too shabby either. My friend Eden Brent who is an award winning blues/vocals pianist is appearing the Iridium on Wednesday, May 14. I urge you all to go see her. She doesn't get to NYC very often. It'll be a real treat: http://youtu.be/R_tvqVCgGCU

    1 · May 8, 2014

  • Lawrence Heywood B.

    Charlie - congratulations on your daughter's graduation. Have fun and we'll see you next time around. I'm sure that bway Steve will do you proud.

    1 · May 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Larry - thanks. And as you know you, I'm not a tough act to follow. Steve's da man.

      May 8, 2014

  • bwaySteve B.

    We celebrate covers.We celebrate you doing them.

    1 · May 7, 2014

    • Jen

      Perfect! Looking forward to meeting fellow guitarists!

      May 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Jen -- you're free to play whatever you wish; covers or originals you'll get the sane thunderous applause of support.

    1 · May 7, 2014

    • Jen

      That's great! I'll be there. Thanks for the support. :)

      May 8, 2014

  • bwaySteve B.

    Neither of us have the best self esteem but we like each other a lot . I hope I don't turn anybody away. ( there I go again)

    May 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all. With apologies I will not be able to host the meeting in May 13th. I love you all. My daughter's graduation from her Master's Degree Program is the same evening so my fatherly duty must come first. See you all next month. Rock on.

    1 · May 1, 2014

  • bwaySteve B.

    I got the message May's Open Mic.I missed April and I really missed being there.I spoke with Charlie the other day and he just sounded so excited about the turnout and the new participants who discovered us. An open mic remains viable when a constant stream of new people pass through and for quite a while now we've continued to have people check it out. It's great supporting people just discovering the performer in them. Attend the next one if you've been on the fence. We've all been there.

    April 23, 2014

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