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The Black Duck

Acoustic Or Otherwise Open Mic
Every Thursday at 9:30pm

Hosted by Wendy May

605 Riverside Ave.
Westport, CT

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Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday, Aug 06
  • Thursday, Aug 13
  • Thursday, Aug 20
  • Thursday, Aug 27
  • Thursday, Sep 03

Thanks for the response Ray. For the record, I'm very experienced with open mics and I get the whole house band thing. I actually felt that the length of the house band's open set was completely appropriate and acceptable. I was watching things from the point when guests began being invited up.

I don't live in CT, though I visit at least a couple of times a year. There was another om that I used to go to on Thursdays when in town and I really liked it, but was discontinued. I was hoping The Black Duck would be a good replacement.

I also realize that the host did not know me. But honestly, I think the lack of a list contributed greatly to dis-organization of the night. A list assists the hosts awareness of how many people are (left) to be accommodated. It also helps the player have an idea how long before it will be their turn. Just my $0.02.

I had pretty much made up my mind to not come back in the future, but I truly appreciate your response, and maybe I will.

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Ed (1/2014)
I appreciate the feedback. I'm sorry that you had a bad experience. We do get a lot of players and Wendy (the host) does make it a point to try and fit in everyone before the end of the night. The folks that you see playing first are the core band for the night to accommodate people that come on their own that do not wish to perform solo so you will see a few people playing pretty regularly for that reason. I encourage you to give it another try. Let me know that you're there (my name is Ray) and I'll remind Wendy that you're waiting to play. Thanks again for the feedback.
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Anonymous (1/2014)
Sorry to be a bummer, but I myself did not feel like I was treated real well here. It was a busy night with a lot of players, but still I felt ignored and blown-off until I reminded the host that I was there (there was no list). People who appeared to be known and/or friends got to play first (even though I am almost positive that I was there before a few of them) and for extended periods of time. Meaning that when it finally did get to be my turn, after waiting patiently for 2 1/2 hours, it was pretty much the end of the night and I was rushed through. Doubtful I would go again. Your mileage may vary.
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Ed (12/2013)
Patrons at The Black Duck must be 21 years of age, or older, however those under 21 are allowed entry if they are with a parent or guardian per CT State Law.
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 Ray Simonelli (4/2013)
Is there an age limit?
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KC (4/2013)

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