Mic open to all

Mu­si­cians want to en­cour­age more to show tal­ents.

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Ford [email protected]­news.com.au

AS A mu­si­cian him­self, Rob Longstaff knows how hard it can be to get up on stage for the first time and share your tal­ents.

“There are so many tal­ented peo­ple on the Coast and many of those tal­ents are hid­den,” he said.

“Of­ten they can’t af­ford to book a gig, don’t know where to go to find a gig, or they are too scared to ac­tu­ally lock some­thing in.”

So the Mooloolaba res­i­dent went about cre­at­ing an op­por­tu­nity for these peo­ple to share their tal­ents, on stage, for free in a relaxed and fun en­vi­ron­ment.

Longstaff last week launched an open mic night at Boston Shaker Bar in Mooloolaba, where he is a reg­u­lar per­former, and he wants the stage to be filled with a range of tal­ents.

“I think a lot of peo­ple see open mic nights as just for mu­si­cians,” he said.

“And while, yes we are want­ing mu­si­cians to come and per­form, it’s also a chance for peo­ple to share po­etry, com­edy, dance and even just to get up on the mic and have a rant.”

With his con­nec­tions in the mu­sic world, Longstaff has en­listed the help of The

Voice alum and Coast res­i­dent Jimmy Davis.

“The two of al­ter­nate host­ing the night,” he said.

“Jimmy’s a real char­ac­ter and we try and make the night as fun as pos­si­ble so any­one per­form­ing feels relaxed and sup­ported.

“It’s nerve-wrack­ing as an artist of any type putting your work out there, so we want any­one who signs up for the open mic night to feel com­fort­able.”

The open mic nights are held from 7pm-late ev­ery Tues­day at the Boston Shaker Bar, The Wharf, Mooloolaba.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit face­book.com/boston­shaker­bar.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LYNAM

CAN YOU HOLD A TUNE? Jimmy Davis (right) gets ready for an open mic night at the Boston Shaker Bar, Mooloolaba, with Rob Longstaff.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LYNAM

OPEN MIC: Jimmy Davis and Rob Longstaff are ex­cited for new tal­ent.

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