Back in December, we told you about Slowdown Lounge, a chilled-out happy hour of sorts happening at the Walnut Room every Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. The weekly event has been such a success that the venue's talent buyer and sound engineer, Randall Frazier, has decided to extend it into the evening with a new open-mike night, starting tonight at 8 p.m.
Frazier stresses that the night is an open invitation to performers of all styles and genres of music who would like to come and play solo, or with the hosts and resident band, Soul Daddy. A house drum kit will be provided, too, if you wish to bring your own drummer.
"I want it to be a truly diverse event," says Frazier," and I encourage everyone from experimental electronics to vocal ensemble to come down." The relaxing and conversational vibe of the night, Frazier points out, is ideal for musicians and artists looking to network with others, and will hopefully help them establish themselves within the creative community.
Sign-up for the open mike begins around 8 p.m. on Wednesday nights, with performances starting at 8:30 p.m. The open mike and the earlier Slowdown Lounge are both free, with drink and food specials running throughout the evening.
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