Mic open to all
Musicians want to encourage more to show talents.
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.
CAN YOU HOLD A TUNE? Jimmy Davis (right) gets ready for an open mic night at the Boston Shaker Bar, Mooloolaba, with Rob Longstaff.
OPEN MIC: Jimmy Davis and Rob Longstaff are excited for new talent.