Every Thursday at 7pm
Hosted by Kyle Swartzwelder204 S. Newtown Street Rd
Newtown Square, PA
- Bob ~ we have comedians come out every now and again. We would love to have you!
- reply to this commentTara (8/2011)
- ? Is this for just music acts? I'm a comedian.
- reply to this commentBob Farrell (8/2011)
- A very comfortable atmosphere! A good host who ran a good show for everyone. Tonite was a normal nite. 20 different acts packed in a 3 1/2 hour set. The ages of performers and patrons were from the whole spectrum. This place is BYOB, however I was told by one of the musicians that hard alcohol is not permitted unless your discreet enough. I only had a soda. they have soups, pastries and small snacks. Everyone is courteous to the musicians playing.
- reply to this commentSaigonShredder (4/2011)
Hey Folks, we're still going strong! The crowds are as big as ever, so be sure to be there for the 6:30 signups.
Check us out on Facebook (linked from "Open Mike", above) for news, as well as a list of upcoming featured performers.
- reply to this commentkyle (1/2011)
Hey folks! Announcement regarding the open mic.
Signups now start at 6:30pm! performances start at 7:00pm.
- reply to this commentKyle Swartzwelder (3/2010)
- This is a unique place as far as open mic's are concerned. The audience is expected to be respectful and give their full attention to the performers, so if you like being the center of attention, you'll get it. A lot of musicians come to perform because of this however, so be sure to sign-up early! There were so many people last time that people were limited to one chart after the second half. A featured artist plays for half and hour halfway through the event, and the artist that was there the night I went were very good. The jams are also broadcast online live which is pretty cool and unique.
- reply to this commentSheltered Turtle (3/2010)
- I went there last night, not to perform, just to kind of get a feel if it was the right place, and ill definitely be back and hope to get up there, great atmosphere.
- reply to this commentAnonymous (8/2009)
By the way the open mike at Burlap and Bean is now available live on the internet at blogtv.com/People/BurlapAndBeanLive, Thursdays about 7:30 to 10pm.
Its almost as much fun as being there so if you get a chance log on and be sure to say hi to me if I'm there!
- reply to this commentCorbyRock (8/2009)
- I love Burlap and Bean! Good food, good people, and good listeners!
- reply to this commentAnonymous (8/2009)
This open mic is seriously wack. I suggest playing Burlap and Bean's Open Mic only if your idea of a good open mic is playing 2 songs to serve as background muzak to yuppie housewives while they sip their lattes.
This open mic (along with the Gryphon) suffers from "Steel City Open Mic Syndrome" (these other two "venues" are both coffeehouses as well, so this might explain the trend). Sure, there's lots of people, but no one really listens.
I suspect that coffeehouses (and their yuppie patrons) like the idea of live music because it gives them an air of bohemian credibility, but they don't actually like the music itself.
This is not in response to their "nothing offensive" policy, though I do think that supports my aforementioned argument.
- reply to this commentAnonymous (5/2009)
- Our Open mic has come a LONG way in less than two years. Sign ups start at 7pm and fill up FAST!
- reply to this commentTara (7/2008)
- Man - you know what makes an awesome coffeehouse? A beautiful bathroom. Sure - Kyle's a great host, friendly, low-key with a good ear for the sound of the room. And yeah, the other performers for the night were great, verging on professional… the sound is exquisite and I had a good time. But check out the bathroom… what a Lovely eye for colour, elegant tree paintings and joyfully foaming soap. It's an experience in and of itself.
- reply to this commentrob ilyAIMY (6/2008)
- I played this open mic last week, and it was a great experience. The host Kyle runs things smoothly and professionally. It has already attracted some talented "regulars", but all skill levels are welcome. Definitely worth checking out.
- reply to this commentTodd Chappelle (7/2007)
- We are moving open mic to Thursdays from 7:30 to 10pm. Sign up starts at 7pm
- reply to this commentTara Endicott (4/2007)
- ? Yes yes this is all very interesting but when are the sign ups? I'm sorry I completely agree that if they say express yourself you should be able to but it won't stop me from playing.
- reply to this commentEva (3/2007)
- As far as I'm concerned, it is their place, they set the ground rules. No need to get upset, just find another place that matches your philosophy. If they want me to keep it clean, I'll keep it clean.
- reply to this commentTodd (12/2006)
My comments come because you seemed offened that they requested the performers control the vular aspects of thier show. They are also up front about thier policy on those who ignore thier request.
Seems YOU are not accepting of those who are offeneded by the use of, as my grandma would say " those curse words". Questions
Have you played there?
If so, was the host and crowd supportive?
That is what matters.
- reply to this commentI hate drama queens (12/2006)
- You know absolutely nothing about the style of music I play, since you don't know me at all and you have not heard any of my songs. As such please do not tell me what venues in which to play my music, and please attempt to be less judgemental of those whose mode of expression perhaps differs from your own. My criticism of the open mike I made yesterday stands. I would avoid it, and it sounds like "Express Yourself" is the farthest from what it is about!
- reply to this commentjosh (12/2006)
- Josh, an adult should be able express them self without the use of profanity. In the coffee shop enviroment the CUSTOMERS will leave and not come back if the performance is too raw in the lyrics. Sounds like you should hit up a BAR or CLUB that caters to the sytle of music you play instead of trashing ones that do not. Its is about entertaining the customers not the performer.
- reply to this commentLong time Host of these things (12/2006)
- If you are going to host an open mike, especially with the encouragement to "express yourself", you cannot then also add the caveat that the performance must be wholesome in nature, or that you reserve the right to cut any performance short… Fellow songwriters, i would avoid this one.
- reply to this commentJosh (12/2006)
- The mic is yours… "Espress Yourself"! * Open Mic Night Policy: Performances start at 8:00; sign up starts at 7:00 - there are 10 time slots open, 15 minutes each - each time slot is reserved on a "first come, first serve" basis - you will sign up for a specific time slot - you must be present to sign up (do not ask a friend or call the shop to ask your favorite barista to sign you up) All performances must be wholesome in nature and the use of profanity is strictly forbidden. Burlap and Bean reserves the right to cut any inappropriate act short.
- reply to this commentTara (12/2006)