Open mic anniversary set for Sept. 2 at cafe
CAMBRIDGE — Friday, Sept 2, will mark the one year anniversary for Open Mic Nights at the Overflow Cafe in Cambridge. A special event is being planned to commemorate the date.
For several years, guitar teacher Mike Elzy said he had been looking for a family friendly, free venue that would be suitable for his guitar students to perform regularly. He said there also were many adult musicians throughout the Shore who would enjoy performing during the early evening, in a venue where no alcohol is served.
Elzy said he approached the cafe’s owners about building a stage in an unused area of the building and they embraced the idea. Elzy said he then set to raising $5,000 in donations to purchase materials, including a sound system and lights.
People from throughout Dorchester and Talbot counties donated instruments, including a full drumset, electric piano, amps and guitars.
In September 2015, Elzey began hosting Open Mic Night every Friday evening (except the last Friday of the month). Dudley Parr, director of the cafe, hosts a special “Praise & Worship” Open Mic Night the last Friday of each month.
Open Mic Nights begin at 6 p.m. and are free and open to musicians, poets, singers, comedians and dancers of all ages.
“You never know what talent will show up, that’s what makes it so exciting,” Elzey said.
On Friday, Sept. 2, performers from the past year, as well as new performers, are invited to perform and celebrate the success of the venue.
Join the group at 400 Muir St., Cambridge, or call Mike Elzey’s Guitar Studio at 410228-7199.
Ella Murphy, an 11-year-old guitar student from St. Michaels, performs during an Open Mic Night at the Overflow Cafe in Cambridge.