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Review: The Treehouse Cafe Christian Open Mic in Audubon, NJ

The Treehouse Cafe

The Treehouse Cafe

The Treehouse Cafe is in Audubon, NJ. They’re the hosts of two open mic nights, and the one I’m reviewing today is held on Sundays. Don’t take me wrong; I went to it last Sunday. I just got to posting it today though.

This is a Christian open mic, and it starts at 7pm and goes until 10pm. It was actually filled with people, which is something I wasn’t exactly expecting. There wasn’t a set list, but mentioning that you want to play is all you need. They said they have a kind of “house act” that plays until anyone else wants to go up. I didn’t feel like I was infringing¬† on anyone’s territory; everything was fine.

The Treehouse Cafe itself has a very nice inside. The wall behind the stage is lined with burlap coffee bags. I liked it. One thing to note is that your songs should be of the Christian persuasion. It’s certainly more religious than it isn’t, and that makes it perfect for the target audience.

The inside of the Treehouse

The inside of the Treehouse

As far as music goes, I would say that this is probably more concentrated on fellowship over exposure. Don’t go expecting to be a rockstar, but go if you want to be around other Christian performers.

That’s all!

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Pictures from Sherlock’s Books & Cafe on July 30th, 2009

Host Ray Tyler for Sherlocks Books and Cafe on Thursday Nights

Host Ray Tyler for Sherlock's Books and Cafe on Thursday Nights

Sherlock’s Book & Cafe Thursday Open Mic Night in Smithville NJ was recently reviewed, and along with it came pictures from the event. They’re down below, after the list of performers!

(Note: there were more originals and covers performed than the list covers below. These were what was being performed while the picture was taken).

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Review: Sherlock’s Books & Cafe Thursday night open mic

Sherlocks Books and Cafe

Sherlock's Books and Cafe

This is Alternative Soul’s infant cousin, the only living relative of the open mic family from Pratt’s Hill of Beans.

Sherlock’s Book and Cafe is the home to a lot of arts and music in the Smithville/Galloway area. It’s also the home of Unrestricted“, Ray Tyler’s adult open mic. Some of you may be wondering, “What happened to ‘Alternative soul’ at Pratt’s Hill of Beans?“. It’s here at Sherlock’s Books and Cafe in Smithville/Galloway.

Ray Tyler hosts this event, which starts at 8 and goes until 10pm. It’s a solid mix between singers and poets, and has some of the feel that “Alternative Soul” had at Pratt’s. There were gift card giveaways to newcomers and the talent was really good. Ray always starts off the night with some discussions and jokes, and some original poetry of his own.

The crowd varies in age but from what I saw, it was anywhere from late teens to late 30s, and everyone had about 10 minutes to perform. It was a good night, and a great job on Ray’s part by keeping Alternative Soul alive.

Details:

  • Sherlock’s Books & Cafe with host Ray Tyler
  • Thursday Nights starting at 8pm and continuing until 10pm
  • 45 South New York Road (Route 9) Galloway, NJ, 08205

You can also download a print-friendly list of our open mics by going to our “List of Open Mics” page!

Feel free to check out pictures of the new construction: New Addition at Sherlock’s Books and Cafe

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July Wrapup!

It's a wrap!

It's a wrap!

The month of July was HOT! As hoped for, JerseyMic is still growing by leaps and bounds. The exposure this month was phenomenal. Outside of a growing effort to advertise the name, there was a boom in visitors from sources like craiglist and what I hope is traffic from the business cards.

(Did you see the business cards? I’ll scan one in to show everyone in a couple days.)

Beside the 2,250 pageviews served up last month, we had some considerable growth for the site. Like the intern! Read more about Josh by clicking this sentence.

The first Google Images result for "Interns, Updates, and Parties"

Not Josh, but representative of his mastery of the camera.

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Pictures and video from Bus Stop Music Cafe on July 28th, 2009

Outside of the Bus Stop Music Cafe

Outside of the Bus Stop Music Cafe

The other day was the first time I went to the Bus Stop Music Cafe Open Mic in Pitman, NJ. It’s held every Tuesday. I took a TON of photos! Everyone was really great and I had an awesome time.

And just who performed? How about a list!

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Review of the Bus Stop Music Cafe Open Mic in Pitman

The front of the Bus Stop Music Cafe in Pitman, NJ

The front of the Bus Stop Music Cafe in Pitman, NJ

I went to Pitman to find out what the Bus Stop Music Cafe was all about. I was told it was great and boy was I told right.

The deatils:

  • Every Tuesday starting at 7pm.
  • Located at 148 S. Broadway in Pitman, NJ
  • Hosted by Vick Martinson
Host Vick Martinson at the Bus Stop Music Cafe in Pitman

Host Vick Martinson at the Bus Stop Music Cafe in Pitman

The bares bones truth is that this open mic rocks. I say that fully knowing how cliche that sounds on an open mic blog, but that’s just the way it is. I highly recommend the Bus Stop Music Cafe. I place it in the same league as the Barrington Coffee House, which I reviewed earlier this year. There must be something about the area!

So where do you start when you’ve already built something up so much? Probably with a picture of the inside:

The inside of the Bus Stop Music Cafe is lined with records

The inside of the Bus Stop Music Cafe is lined with records

And while this photo serves more as a testament to the event’s popularity, it also gives us a glimpse at the inside. The Bus Stop Music Cafe has the same kind of cool feel that Coffee.Comedy in Sea Isle City has, which is a very good thing.

I’d like to also note that there were people of all ages, and everyone was very talented!

Outside of having a great crowd and a cool inside, the Bus Stop Music Cafe’s open mic night has a dedicated soundman. His name is “Wolfman Fran”, which is just as awesome as the idea of a dedicated sound-guy at an open mic. There’s not much more to explain other than the fact that he did a great job. Oh, and he turns out echo when Vick announces someone. “Hereeeeeeeee’s Joe!”

Wolfman Fran keeping everything under control

Wolfman Fran keeping everything under control

(The Bus Stop is also holding it’s own with a very nice Bose speaker setup. Definitely a treat.)

Let’s review:

  • Packed event – don’t worry about showing up to three people, because it’s a well known night.
  • Cool environment – if the walls don’t make you play more soulfully, it’s your own fault.
  • Dedicated sound guy – Because you’re tired of listening to “Can you hear my voice? Is my guitar too loud?

I should be getting paid for this kind of thing! But seriously everybody, check out the Bus Stop Music Cafe on Tuesdays, it’s a great time.

(And don’t forget: You can download a print-friendly list of open mics! It includes this one and is ALWAYS up-to-date. Get it here: http://jerseymic.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/loom.pdf)

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