Open mic an­niver­sary set for Sept. 2 at cafe

Dorchester Star - - Back To School -

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.

PHOTO BY MARY KONCHAR

Ella Mur­phy, an 11-year-old guitar stu­dent from St. Michaels, per­forms dur­ing an Open Mic Night at the Over­flow Cafe in Cam­bridge.

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