best open mic ?

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best open mic ?

Postby muddyleadwater » Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:27 pm

what would be the most popular, most attended open mic in town? I've gone to a few and the lack of an audience and musicians was utterly pitiful. I'm starting to think Madison's local music is skimpy and virtually non-existent. A little direction here!

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Re: best open mic ?

Postby hey hombre » Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:34 am

Pretty skimpy.....try Mickeys......Or, if'n you wanna hang out with a bunch of Dave Matthews pukes, the Rathskellar; I haven't been there since they had a pianer.

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Re: best open mic ?

Postby christopher » Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:56 am

muddyleadwater wrote:I've gone to a few and the lack of an audience and musicians was utterly pitiful. I'm starting to think Madison's local music is skimpy and virtually non-existent. A little direction here!


John Mendels(s)ohn?

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Re: best open mic ?

Postby diaper daniels » Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:44 am

christopher wrote:
muddyleadwater wrote:I've gone to a few and the lack of an audience and musicians was utterly pitiful. I'm starting to think Madison's local music is skimpy and virtually non-existent. A little direction here!


John Mendels(s)ohn?


totes.

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Re: best open mic ?

Postby hey hombre » Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:56 pm

To be fair, judging a music scene based on it's open mics seems kinda moronic. Most open mics are lame by definition: any old d-bag is allowed to play. Let me know when you find a suitable open mic for yourself, Muddyleadwater, I wanna hear if YOUR musicality is "Skimpy or virtually non-existant"

...........hmm, I'm starting to feel competetive.... :D

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Re: best open mic ?

Postby Marvell » Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:15 pm

hey hombre wrote:Most open mics are lame by definition: any old d-bag is allowed to play.


When I host the Mickey's open mike, any old d-bag is encouraged to play.

The Unibummer motto:

"You don't have to suck to play the Mickey's Open Mike - but it helps!"

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Re: best open mic ?

Postby Walter » Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:07 pm

Marvell wrote:
hey hombre wrote:Most open mics are lame by definition: any old d-bag is allowed to play.


When I host the Mickey's open mike, any old d-bag is encouraged to play.

The Unibummer motto:

"You don't have to suck to play the Mickey's Open Mike - but it helps!"


Now I know where to go when I decide to come out of the guitar closet.

Finally, I have found my people!

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Re: best open mic ?

Postby hey hombre » Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:49 pm

Walter, even tho you're a NEWB, you have good taste in music, which puts you miles ahead of alot of other open mic'ers: your good taste will be appreciated at Mickeys, Madisons finest open mic.

ps- are you on the beat next Thursday? If not (or if so), come down to the Frequency and Vote For THE BEAT!!!!!!!!! :D

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Re: best open mic ?

Postby chance » Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:24 pm

Marvell wrote:When I host the Mickey's open mike, any old d-bag is encouraged to play.

You missed an opportunity to say, so this old d-bag will give you another one:

I know where it is, but when exactly is the Mickey's open mike (day, time)?

And, BTW, what kind of stuff do you tend to get there - people doing covers? or are there songwriters doing their own originals ?

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Re: best open mic ?

Postby Marvell » Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:07 pm

Sunday night, ten-ish. I'm hosting this Sunday, fwiw. Don't know if that's more a turn-off than a turn-on, but there it is.

We definitely get a mix. Some people do their own stuff; other people do covers. I myself usually do both.

Talent level is all over the map. There's a different host each week, and we each run it our own way; I try to give everybody 20 minutes, more or less - I figure that's five four-minute songs, which should be enough for anyone but the most ego-crazed.

I had a guy the last time I did it who took about ten minutes to set up, and was kind of a jerk to me. But his shtick, when he finally got around to doing it, was hilarious - so it's all good.

Bottom line - I don't take it personally. Anyone getting all bitter about an open mike is taking themselves waaaaay too seriously.

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Re: best open mic ?

Postby Walter » Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:40 pm

hey hombre wrote:Walter, even tho you're a NEWB, you have good taste in music, which puts you miles ahead of alot of other open mic'ers: your good taste will be appreciated at Mickeys, Madisons finest open mic.

ps- are you on the beat next Thursday? If not (or if so), come down to the Frequency and Vote For THE BEAT!!!!!!!!! :D


I'm working so we will see...I hope to stop in to put my vote in the ballot box and maybe catch a song or two.

A small cog in the machine is pulling for the Midwest Beat...good luck, fellas!

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Re: best open mic ?

Postby Kenneth Burns » Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:08 pm

Open mics serve a noble purpose. I had formative/terrifying experiences performing at open mics many years ago, and I wouldn't trade them. My hat is off to the open mic people.

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Re: best open mic ?

Postby spacetiki » Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:23 pm

Zac and I recently did a cover of "Here, There and Everywhere" w/ Zac doing the vocals on Theremin at Mickey's.

Followed by a heart-wrenching version of "Lucky Man".

You never know what you're gonna get at an open mic. :D

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Re: best open mic ?

Postby KidCapitol » Sat Nov 21, 2009 3:34 pm

I haven't done one in ages so I dunno what's out there now.

But from past experience, since I like to be listened to, I prefer coffeehouse vs bars. People there are nicer, and they seem to be there to listen instead of just drinikin and talkin.

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Re: best open mic ?

Postby muddyleadwater » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:03 pm

hey hombres identity has been revealed... not all of us are in bands and depend on the open mics
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