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Soilsacks at Coffee.Comedy Open Mic Sunday May 3rd 2009 (Pictures + Video)

Coffee.Comedy at NIGHT

Coffee.Comedy at NIGHT

Pictures from The Soilsacks at Coffee.Comedy’s Open Mic on Sunday, May 3rd 2009 in Sea Isle City! In case you didn’t see it, or you don’t know about the event, you can read about it here from when we reviewed the Soilsacks at Coffee.Comedy.

Tom Leonik:

Tom Leonik!

Tom Leonik!

Jeff Conoway and Brian Wells came up next and performed “Right here right now” and “Effigy”:

Jeff Caraway and Brain Wells

Jeff Caraway and Brain Wells

AND! I recorded them playing “Dance Real Slow”. The lighting is low, so play it in the background and continue reading the post:

Alex Siniari came up right after and played “Diving Bell”, “Free”, and “Daddy’s Dance”, all originals of his. He had the help of Dustin, Brian and Jeff for the last one!

Jeff Caraway, Alex Siniari, and Dustin Miller!

Jeff Caraway, Alex Siniari, and Dustin Miller!

Jeff, Alex, Dustin, and Brian!

Jeff, Alex, Dustin, and Brian!

Matt and Dustin came up and wowed us during the intermission!

Dustin Miller at Coffee.Comedy!

Dustin Miller at Coffee.Comedy!

Then Ken Shiles came up and played “Chin Up”. Jeff assisted:

Ken Shiles and Jeff!

Ken Shiles and Jeff!

Then Dustin and Jeff!

Dustin and Jeff!

Dustin and Jeff!

Then Stan Schwertly and Jeff came up and played “Something” by the Beatles

Stan Schwertly and Jeff

Stan Schwertly and Jeff

And finally, Nolan closed out the night

Nolan

Nolan

Now you know why the photo at the top of the post is so dark!

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The Soilsacks™ Open Mic Night at Coffee.Comedy in Sea Isle City

Coffee.Comedy

Coffee.Comedy

Coffee.Comedy is in Sea Isle City. They’re located at 29 J.F.Kennedy Blvd. Sea Isle City, NJ 08243.

Dustin and Matt (the hosts, and the owners of The Soilsacks) run this relatively new open mic on Sundays. From 7pm-10pm, come on out for a relaxed environment. One cool thing about the Open Mic at Coffee.Comedy is the environment. There are albums all over the walls and the inside feels like an open mic stage should. The platform for performing is raised and the sound quality in Coffee.Comedy is really incredible.

Front stage

Front stage

The participants vary in age, but consider this a mature open mic with some really talented people. There is also some pretty tasty banana coffee to be had at Coffee.Comedy if that’s your kind of thing. It’s my kind of thing now.

Information on The Soilsacks can be found here: http://www.myspace.com/thesoilsacks

From their website:

“The Soilsacks are hereby established as a not-for-profit business entity which seeks to support the arts (creative, political, humanitarian, scientific, legal, medical, spiritual, etc.); by designing, coordinating, promoting, and/or hosting fundraising events; events that benefit other non-profit organizations and charitable causes (ie raising funds for victims of loss or theft of life, liberty, property, livelihood, medical benefits, etc).

In other words, we organize cool events and want you to be a part of them. And the money we collect either goes back into this business to fund larger events, or goes directly to a charity.”


They’re good guys and I’ve talked to them a lot. There will be more information about them in a future post, so keep checking for that.

Ending the review, there’s a final note to be made. Dustin and Matt have gone out of their way to make this a really interesting open mic. They have “song assignments”, where they pick a random line in a book and challenge the songwriters and poets to come up with an original based on the line. Also! At the end of each night, they pass out  instruments (think kazoos and maracas) and everyone freestyles some music. It’s a really good time for everybody and a fun way to close the night out.

And the perfect way to close out this post! Come on out on Sundays!


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Poetry on High at Bogart’s Books & Café in Millville

Bogart's Cafe

Bogart's Cafe

First things first: Bogart’s Books & Café in Millville hosts LOTS of open mics. They host lots of events that they keep posted on their Bogart’s Books & Café – Events page. They are located on 210 North High Street, Millville, 08332.

Every third Sunday, Bogart’s is the home to Poetry on High, hosted by Rita Lyman. There are singers, songwriters, and poets, contrary to what the title might have you believe. The people are interesting and some of their usual performers are very different.

If it’s your first time, check out the bookstore. Used bookstores are fun because you don’t know exactly what you’ll find. Looking directly into the store, you’ll see that the left hand side is fiction, and the right hand side is non-fiction. You can also bring in your used books for credit in the store. But enough about all that.

You come in and sign the sheet like any other open mic. When you get called up, you play or read. On any given show there’s about 2 poets for every 1 singer/songwriter. Around 3:30 there is a 10 minute intermission. Relax!

Then around 3:30 the featured artist performs for 30 minutes.  They pick the featured artists the month before by random draw. Rita encourages artists to promote themselves, and this is definitely a cool place to do it!

THEN FOR ROUND TWO

After the featured artist, the rest of the list is finished and anyone who wants to perform again gets their chance. At 5pm the shop closes up and everyone goes home a little better than they were before.

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