Where do I start? I've been rendered speechless for a week since the last open mic. I am just coming down from the musical euphoria that resulted from having another amazingly wonderful evening! Every performer sang their heart out and I am super fortunate and grateful for the continued support by so many!
Once again, time for my thank you's! First and foremost, I want to thank my August featured musical director Matthew Martin Ward, who did a kick-ass job accompanying all the diverse performers and music selections throughout the evening!
Matthew Martin Ward is a wonderful musical director and teacher. He has an ear for music and style and can play everything! If you are looking for someone to work with, definitely reach out to him! In addition, be on the look out for him at the Winter Rhythms Festival as he presents his musical "After the Fair'!!
Next, I want to thank my September Featured Spotlight performer, my director, teacher, mentor, friend, family and soooo much more.... Lennie Watts! Lennie never fails to impress and blow me away whenever and wherever I see him perform! Every time I see him on stage, I whisper a little prayer of thanks because this man transformed and helped bring music back into my life! If you've never tried, I highly recommend the Arrangement Experience, one of Lennie's creations, which is now part of his non-profit, Singnasium! It is super fun and challenging!
Also, don't forget to be on the look out for Lennie's upcoming duo show with the amazing Brad Simmons, "Blue Eyed Soul" Also BIG THANKS TO JASON ELLIS, the best tech on lights and sound!
So... who came out????
Of the performers, here is a list of performers in order of the evening with their upcoming events/news! Mark your calendars!
1) Matthew Martin Ward, our FANTASTIC musical director for the evening!
2) Sally Darling - Bistro Award Winner, MAC best female vocalist 2016 nominee
- she will be performing in Richard Skipper Celebrates on Oct 8th;
- bringing back the "Together" show featuring Celia Berk, Sally Darling, Meg Flather, Josephine Sanchez and Lisa Viggiano on Nov 21st & Dec 15th
- Bringing back "Totally Noel" , her Bistro award winning show on Nov 29 & Dec 3
- reprise of "Love, Lust and Longing" on Dec 27th!
3) Jeremy Sussman - Bringing back "The Great American Songbook and Other Curiosities" on September 25th at Don't Tell Mama.
4) Frank Frascati - he has a show at the Metropolitan Room on Sept 27th with musical direction by Jeff Cubeta
5) Caitlin Fahey - has two encore performances of her debut show " Party of One" at Don't Tell Mama on Sat, Oct 21th@ 4 PM, and Friday, Dec 1 @ 7 PM
6) Jason Ellis
7) Marcia Roney - She is bringing back her show "Letting Go" on Oct 14th & Nov 4th@ Don't Tell Mama with musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward
8) Corky - She performs at various open mics around town and Parnels.
9) Wendy Russell - MAC Award winning group " Those Girls" (Wendy Russell, Karen Mack, Eve Eaton & Rachel Hanser) will have a concert at St Peters on Nov 13th
- Those Girls and Lennie Watts Holiday Spectacular on Dec 8th & 15th
- Winter Wonderland Igloo Bar on Nov 26th & Dec 21st!
10) Debbie Zecher - Leonard Cohen show in Summit NJ on Sept 16th
11) Jim Speake - Stay tuned for updates!
12) Barbara Malley - MAC Award winning best comedian will be bringing back her "Diva" show on Thursday, Nov 2nd @ Don't Tell Mama
13) Stew Frimer - Stay tuned for updates!
14) Lucille Carr-Kaffashan- 2017 Bistro Award Winner for Outstanding Theme Show is performing at the Rrazz Room in December in New Hope, PA.
15) Ann Kittredge - have a show coming up at Feinsteins/ 54 Below on Wednesday, Oct 8th at 7 PM " One Night Only" directed by Richard Jay Alexander.
16) The Elegant Ivory Duo - They will be emceeing a poetry writing event's 25th anniversary in Midwood Brooklyn with music, poetry and other stuff too!
17) Emmy Pai - will be performing in Brooklyn's Got Talent on Saturday, Sept 23rd at 1 PM
18) Mary Lahti - She will be performing Gilbert & Sullivan's "Princess Ida" with the Village Light Opera on Oct 6th and 7th
19) Helen Glassman - Stay tuned for updates!
20) Auset - found out of open mic at MAC to School! Stay tuned for updates!
21) Rob Davis - Just did a Bob Hope Special to honor the troops! He is working on his 50th college reunion in Oct where he will be the show!!
22) Sidney Plunket - Stay tuned for updates!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US FOR THE NEXT ROUND ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13th SAME TIME, SAME PLACE, FEATURING 2016 MAC AWARD WINNING GROUP THOSE GIRLS & MAC AWARD WINNING MUSICAL DIRECTOR STEVEN RAY WATKINS AS THE ACCOMPANIST!!
BRING A FRIEND!! HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!