Whether you’ve been pickin’ and grinnin’ for years, or you’ve just recently started your musical journey, The Anvil Room offers an opportunity to share your gift with others. Open Mic Night Wednesday resumes July 20th and runs from 6-10 p.m. This event is open to all skill levels and all musical styles. It’s a family-friendly environment, and all ages are welcome.
Host Jason Taylor Hobbs is a veteran of open mic nights, overseeing several around the area. An accomplished musician, he understands what performers need in order to do their best, and he makes sure each performer is set up and comfortable on stage. Hobbs brings professional sound equipment to every show, including standard instrument hookups and two microphones; and the mic stands even include cupholders.
The Anvil Room has its very own piano ready for pianists to take part. Anvil Room owners David and Bonnie Barker began this event as a way to help local musicians gain experience and exposure.
“We know there are a lot of musicians in the area who are looking for a place to perform; so we thought this would be a great way for them to showcase their talent—whether it’s someone who is looking to gain some experience performing for others, or someone who has been doing this for a long time and wants to try out new songs for an audience,” said Bonnie. “We hope that more and more people will hear about it and come take part.”
Since open mic night began in March, several ‘regulars’ show up to perform most every week. “I’ve only been playing and singing for a couple of years now, and this has been extremely valuable in helping me feel more comfortable onstage,” said Ginger Brown, who performs most weeks. “The relaxed format, the camaraderie among the musicians, and the positive feedback from the audience make this something I enjoy and really look forward to.”
Located on Kimball Street right behind Jonah’s on Johnston, The Anvil Room is one of the area’s most unique music venues. The stage is located in the beach-themed Sandy Cove area, which features a sand floor where you can kick off your shoes, kick back, and enjoy the music. The menu offers a great selection of burgers, hot dogs and other pub-style items. Make plans to be there on Wednesdays starting July 20 to perform or just enjoy hearing local musicians entertain while you dine.