About Featured Artists.
At the moment I'm ONLY booking featured artists at my Teavolve Cafe open mic - every Monday - generally booked about 3 - 4 months in advance.
One of my favourite open mic formats is to have a featured artist in the middle of the night. This gives the regulars a (theoretically) more professional and perhaps more experienced act to get inspired by, and provides that act with a built-in and enthusiastic audience - and most importantly it changes up the night. Open mics can often become one singer/songwriter after another after another... the featured artist slot allows me to share something a little different with my audience. Perhaps a favourite artist from some other part of the country is coming through town, or perhaps a kora player is wandering through and would never go to an open mic because he assumes open mic hosts don't know what koras are... That's what this featured artist slot is for!
Unlike some featured slots, this is more about putting talented artists in front of a great audience rather than about getting those musicians to pull their fans to boost OUR numbers. (features are still asked to advertise the event with their mailing lists, posters, social media, etc)
Ayreheart featuring at the Takoma Park Open Mic.
This is an unpaid slot but I encourage the audience to be generous both with tips and CD purchases. Betwixt tips and CD sales (both in the room and online, inspired by the webcast) previous artists have made anywhere from $10 - $450... We pass the hat, push CD sales and hope for the best.
These featured slots are generally fellow road-warriors that I've met while out touring, favourites from the local area, people who have really shone at the open mic - and ocassionally people that have approached me out of the blue. I try to keep the bar pretty high, and I'm very proud of the talented individuals who've come to play my little rooms.
If you're interested in booking a featured artist slot, I do NOT book based on mp3s and presskits or resumes. I need to either see you Live, or to see a good Live video of you in the format that you plan to perfom! (singer/songwriters just LOVE to share their full band videos with me and I just don't care!). Either approach me at the open mic or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please note, you need to be more than a good writer or player - as much as I encourage my audiences to cue in and they're generally polite, these are not "listening rooms", so these slots are for good all-around performers who can capture my audience and have their way with them!
Past featured artists have included: Christylez Bacon (Grammy-nominated hip hop artist), Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer (Grammy WINNING bluegrass artists), Nicolas Carter (Paraguay), We're About 9, James Dalton (NJ), Woody Lissauer, Matt Holsen, Esther Haynes, Ayreheart, Lynn Hollyfield, Kristina Furey, Bumper Jacksons, Tiffany Thompson, Uncle John Sawbriar, Heather Lloyd, goatFISH, mOsno, Scott Morgan, Rowan Corbett, Acacia Sears Band, Sligo Creek Stompers, Cooking With Gas, Paddy Kilrain, Lilt, The Parlor Soldiers, The Whispering Tree, Sandy Asirvatham, The Great Outdoor Fight, Danielle Miraglia (Boston, MA), Jaime Pajaro (Columbia - the country), Sean Morse (Denver, CO), A'Tris (from wherever they're from nowadays), Michael Berkowitz (Boston, MA), Joy Ike (Pittsburgh, PA), Jacob Haller (Providence, RI), Kelly Zullo (Nashville, TN), Alex Colvin, sahffi, Andrew Luttrell, Jon Patton, Rick Millman, Grad Dai, Anita Aysola, Ashes to Embers, Karter Jaymes, Matt Pless, Hewitt Huntwork, Transcendent Third (WV), Ren Rick, Zach Tilley (NC), Austin Ellis, Evan Nachimson, Michelle Lewis (Boston, MA), Talia Segal, Beggars Ride, NOMAD, Damion Wolfe, Dylan Lee Brady, Andew McKnight, Dan Houtz, IO, ilyAIMY, Scott Vernon, Petal Blight, Claire Anthony, Oust, Alex Culbreth and the Dead Country Stars (VA), Michael Ronstadt (OH), Bethel Steele (MA), QueenEarth, Frank Viele (CT), Cousin John Band, Juels Bland, the Bumper Jacksons, Aaron Nathans (NJ), Cecilia Grace, Don Kim, Aerica Lauren, Snakehead Run, Matt Nakoa (NY), Lulu's Fate, the Nice Trys, 50 Man Machine, Wytold, Conjure Woman, Tinsmith, Nature Boy Explorer (VA), DPtheEMCEE, the Forward Project....
About Open Mics.
About Featured Artists.
Live Every Monday - 7pm.
About the webcast.
About the recordings.
About OTHER Open Mics.
Open Mics and Evolution (rob at the Library of Congress)
rob's Open Mics (FB):
Every Monday at Teavolve Cafe and Lounge.
upComing features at Teavolve:
5/8 - Heather Aubrey Lloyd
5/15 - Jimmy L. Dias (CA)
5/22 - Chris Colvin
5/29 - Zach Parkman (NY)