Sandy Connolly’s popular Open Mic Night events are one-of-a-kind on Connecticut’s shoreline. It’s a bad-ass version of that childhood talent show you always wanted to be in but couldn’t muster up the courage to perform. But no courage is necessary for this gig: One of the many things that sets Sandy’s Open Mic apart from other venues is the supportive environment for both new and experienced musicians of all styles.
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Music usually begins at 7:30pm, early enough to come in and grab some decent pub grub at great prices. Rick’s famous 9oz killer bad ass burger is only $6.00 and beer is available on tap for $2.25.
If you aren’t a musician, you should come on down anyway! The atmosphere of the tavern and music puts off a fantastic vibe that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else. You will get the chance to listen (and dance if you wish) to a lot of well-known and up-and-coming musicians all in one evening – in one spot.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The Guilford Country Tavern is located at 704 Long Hill Road in Guilford CT
- Open Mic runs monthly, usually the last Wednesday of the month
- Music begins at 7:30pm
- All types of music and styles are welcome, as well as beginner musicians
- Bring lots of friends and non-musician types along with you
- Come hungry for Rick’s burgers that are legendary
- For more information about the Tavern, call (203) 453-9205
- If you need a little boost of encouragement, give Sandy a shout from her contact page
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Here are the guidelines for musicians who want to play:
- It’s first-come, first-served.
- You must write your name on the list with your own hand before 9:00 p.m. to get in the line-up. At least one member of your act must be present to sign up.
- Latecomers might get in, but I’m not promising. If you don’t write your name on the list, even if you are my very best friend, I will probably forget about getting you to the mic.
- Solo acts get 2 songs, Duos get 3, trios and bands get 4-5 depending on what’s going on at the moment and how many people are waiting. If there’s no waiting list, you can play all night!
- No electric guitars. Not even jazz guitars. The spirit of the law is that the volume remain at conversational levels. We want our audience to come back. Bass players get special dispensation due to how unreasonable it is to cart around a stand up bass.
- If we get to everyone, we’ll start back at the top of the list and work through it again.
- If you are able to accompany others or incorporate other musicians into your act, you may be able to play more songs.
- If you would like the opportunity to work with some other musicians, but you don’t know anyone – let me know, and I’ll do my best to hook you up.
- If you are a singer, and you need people to play for you, you need to know what key you sing the song in, and we would LOVE IT EVEN MORE if you had charts for everyone IN YOUR KEY.
- If you want to be on the mailing list for this event, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me you want to be on the Open Mic Mailing List. I promise you will only get Sandy Connolly Acoustic Open Mic notifications. (If you sign up for my band mailing list, you’ll get both Open Mic and gig notifications.