New artists – this is where it starts! Seasoned veterans – always a fresh audience!
Our award-winning Open Mike features a grab bag of regional talent, with the occasional surprise guest. During each set, you may hear anything from guitar pickers and budding singer-songwriters to pianists, fiddlers, comedians, poets, and storytellers. A set is often 3 songs/15 minutes; with larger attendance on any given night, it may be adjusted to 2 songs/10 minutes.
It’s true, many a notable act started here, including our own John Gorka, Dave Fry, and Dina Hall. Watch history in the making!
Our Guest Hosts are all involved in our Open Mike community, for an opportunity to be a part of the evening’s process as Emcee. Featured Artists are scheduled ahead of time and listed on the Godfrey’s web site.
Like all of Godfrey’s other events, our Open Mikes are staffed completely by volunteers. Lighting, sound, counter staff and ushers, when we have them, are all volunteers. We do it because we love the Open Mike and Godfrey Daniels. Because Godfrey’s is a listening room, there are none of the distractions that you find in a bar or a coffeehouse. Everyone is here to play and listen. It is a community of artists who share the love of music. It is a community for networking with others.
Godfrey’s Open Mike is uniquely suited to provide opportunities which you won’t find anywhere else: As part of the community, you may be asked to perform as part of our “Home Grown Series” on the Godfrey Daniels Stage, as well as on other stages throughout the region. You may be considered to be recorded for a future CD of Open Mike artists. You are seen and heard by members of a selection committee who may ask you to be an Opening Act for a national touring artist. You might want to join us in our outreach programs which include a performance at local festivals.
Besides all that, the best benefits are the friendships and the nurturing place to grow and explore your music.
Godfrey’s Open Mikes take place on the first and third, and occasional fifth Sundays of the month. We start with a scrabble tile grab at 7:00 to determine performance order. Later arrivals are added to the end of the list. There is a $3.50 cover charge, which includes $ .50 off food or beverage at the counter.
Be sure to check the Events page for the next Open Mike. Sign-up is just before 7:00 p.m.
One of the persistent joys of Godfrey Daniels is the vibrant creative community that has supported our Open Mike over 40 years. The musicians that take to our humble stage on a Sunday night feel the rich heritage left by so many songwriters, poets and troubadours from the past, and, in turn, raise their own artistic bar.
That legacy is a powerful driving force to bring out our best songs, or test-drive some new material in a safe, caring space. I know we all delight in witnessing the tremendous growth of performance skills, songwriting chops and stage cool of all of our friends. Godfrey’s Open Mike is a tremendously rare and beautiful event in our competitive and segmented culture.
So, let’s continue to celebrate this musical gem in our own folk community: Grab a scrabble tile and play a little music yourself. See you on Sunday! – Dave Fry
SOUTHSIDE SUNDAY NIGHTS – The Godfrey Daniels Open Mike Collection – Vol. 2 is now on sale, at any show.