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The Burren

Open Mic
Every Tuesday at 6:30pm

Hosted by Hugh McGowan

247 Elm Street, Davis Square
Somerville, MA

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  • Last updated: October 2, 2012

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I have not been able to make it to this one. Captain Easy Chord said it was a pretty cool scene. According to the note below, that's 50% more time for each performer but does that make it better? I like the ten minute better mainly because the list goes so much quicker. The plus part is no body is really up there long enough to get tired of them. I like places that can get seven acts up an hour. I saw Gulu Gulu in Salem put 8 or 9 acts up in about an hour. People were voluntarily giving half their time to someone that would otherwise never get to play. I once drew 28th and still got to play. I love the idea of 30 acts showing up wanting to play. I have seen some hosts that waste one minute out of every three just dinking around. I love the hosts that throw the next guy in line up if someone's not waiting to step on stage with a guitar in hand. The places that don't even have time for filler music like Gulu Gulu really impress me and keep me wanting to show up every week.
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 Dave Kraft (10/2012)
? Hello I just moved back to the area and I'm looking to do some stand up comedy at any open mics I can is this a good place for that or is it more musicians and things of that sort?
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richie byron (7/2010)
? is there a piano or keyboard at this open mic?
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Anonymous (9/2009)
? have you any ebony and ivory to tickle??
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em (12/2007)

Agree that showing up around 5 PM is wisest on a night that is not a hat night (as Sam Bayer mentions). Hugh McGowan is the present host -- a great musician and friendly fellow who sets the tone nicely.

The scene is fun but boisterous. I wish the host would move away from the current sign up process and toward one (such as at the Lizard Lounge) that is more respectful of the time demands placed on the performers. That logistical issue is the biggest impediment to this being a very good open mike for one's more energetic material.

Format is 16 minutes… a generous play slot!

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openmiker (11/2007)

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