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Sherlock’s Books and Cafe — both events on pause until October

Wait a while for new gigs at Sherlocks

Wait a while for new gigs at Sherlock's

Just got an update from the owners over at Sherlock’s. They’re taking a break from the open mic scene for a little bit. It looks like they’ll be the hosts from now on too.

In other news, I’m going to be looking for volunteers soon, so if you’re interesting in helping out, send an email to

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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.


  • 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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Unrestricted on May 26th 2009 at Sherlock’s Books & Cafe (PICS/VIDEO)

Front of Sherlocks

Front of Sherlock's

Here’s what happened on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at Sherlock’s Books & Cafe. Host Ray Tyler (Host of Alternative Soul, reviewed here) started the night off with some jokes and mature discussion topics:

Ray Tyler

Ray Tyler

In case you didn’t read the overview of the night, you can check it out here. It’s every Tuesday and it’s primarily poetry based. It’s also an Adult night, so don’t bring children. Ray also started off the open mic with his poem, “The Truth 2.0”, shown in video at the bottom of the post.

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