About Hal's Open Mic and Showcase Guide
reason for creating this resource is to fill a niche. After all, there
are plenty of websites for indy bands and record companies that wish to
introduce sound clips and order forms for CD's of their acts. Lots of
great advice, e-zines, databases of tour itineraries and great music websites
floating out there in cyberspace. But a lot of people tend to overlook
that vast pool from which much of the talent emerges - open mics!
Think of an open mic as "Performing 101". Neophyte songwriters play at
open mics to help overcome stage fright and even seasoned pros sometimes
show up to try out a new song on a live crowd just to see how it flies
in a room full of fellow singer / songwriters. Then again, some people
use it as a way to learn that it's not their forte (if ya know what I
About Cover Charges:
do not have a cover charge for open mics, but some do. It's usually only
a buck or two and in defense of those that do charge, I must say that
in some cases, if it's not enforced, the place tends to fill up with a
lot of bodies who wouldn't spend a dime if it weren't required. Ultimately,
the doors would close for good, and we must help support the folks who
help to support us. However, if you feel that a particular place
is ripping off musicians, please send us a message.
What sets this guide apart from the rest?
the listings found in the entertainment guides, the descriptions of these
venues are based on the point of view of someone who actively participates
in open mic performing and hosts a showcase as well. Our correspondents
have also showcased at many of these clubs, therefore, you get an artists-eye
view of these open mics. If it's a room you must play, we'll tell
you, if it's a waste of time, we'll let you know that, too! We try to
be as objective as possible and be assured that no one can pay us to print
anything if we don't feel it's accurate!