Each Wednesday night I host an open mic event in Darby, Pa simply entitled “The Wednesday Night Grand Slam.” Also on Tuesday nights I host another open mic event called “Rock the Mic.” We have been enjoying “great audiences and incredible talents” on BOTH nights. My group has been doing this for about 4 years now and people are loving what we do. During most of this past summer we have had packed houses. I do not promote the events as just regular open mic events. There are several open mic events in the city that others can attend. Since the guys in my band are older (hence we are labeled an old school band) I felt the need to incorporate the concept of discovering young talent to and old school agenda. It has been working. The older generations don’t get out as much when it comes to live music. Many of them have to work the next day and they can’t stay long anyway. The young talents that came out have been phenomenal while singing old school music. Recently we have had some truly “incredible voices” frequent our events. Last night was no exception. When it comes to any event you may want to throw, you need to remember that a lot depends on how you package it. For instance, when you think about it, many people will actually “buy” bottled water. Why? Because most of them “believe” that the water in the bottle is somehow “purer” than the water you may get out of your faucet. Can you actually “tell” how pure the water is from drinking it or just looking at it? Can you somehow verify the authenticity of that water? People drink bottled water all the time, but who knows whether it came from some Polish Spring or from a local kitchen faucet? Normally water is supposed to be “free.” That is why packaging and promotion are so important. The one thing I do constantly is “thank” the crowd for coming out to support live music. I let them know that without music your lives would change drastically. I don’t know about the music scene in your city, but if you have live music events near you it would be great to support it. Some open mic events just have you bring your CD’s or taped music while you sing over top of it. Some are karaoke events. That is not the same as having a live band. We should not let the art form of live music die. In order to preserve it, we have to support it. Find a live music event in your area and just go to it. If you don’t have any, you are more than welcome to come and experience ours. I promise you will be so glad you did. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Chubby Checker (“The Twist”) and Brett Jolly