June 30th @ 7 pm
Open Mic Night @ RVP Studios the best place for performers in New Haven County!
It’s Friday Open Mic Night! BYO- Dinner, Snacks, Beverages! We love to share!
Fans & friends, make an evening of it. Share good times, great music, with some great people in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Perform on stage under the lights like a real rockstar!
Open to all ages- kids to adults! We have a great time! $10 Door Charge.
RVP Studios Open Mic Night: is a safe, fun place for kids and adults to practice their performance skills. You get more comfortable every time you perform. Improve your confidence and network with other performers. Challenge yourself! Increase your creativity! You won’t find a more supportive audience than at the RVP-Performance Plus community!
Hosted by Sandy Connolly of the Sandy Connolly Band. All instruments and vocals welcome, all styles of music! Poetry readings and theater scenes welcome!
Any performer will tell you that you can practice for years in the comfort and privacy of your room, but it’s not until you take your act to a stage in front of live people that you’ll really hone your craft. If you’re not ready to book shows of your own, how can you get comfortable on a stage? Open mic events can solve the problem. Those who have come to RVP’s Open Mic consistently have seen great improvement in their performance skills.
Here are 9 tips to rock open mic so you will be prepared to take the stage and get the most out of the experience.
1. Everyone at an open mic knows it’s an open mic. People there are not expecting a Lady Gaga production to walk through the door. They’re expecting a musician (or possibly a small group) to share some material that might be polished, or it might be the first time performed on a stage. Don’t stress about what people will think. They understand the spirit of the event.
2. Feel totally comfortable with your material. You’ll probably only have a few songs (many open mics are set by a song or time limit, usually about three songs), so make sure you’re putting your best foot forward. Just in case you get rattled on stage, make sure you know the tunes in and out.
3. Don’t stress about what to bring. Whoever is running the open mic will have equipment for you and they should be fully capable of setting you up with it. If you’ve never plugged in a guitar or sung into a microphone—don’t worry. They’ll make sure you do it right and that it sounds good.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask. Open mic beginners may think they are completely at the host’s mercy. Truth is, they’re hired to set you up and make you sound good. That said, if you can’t hear yourself, vocals are too loud, guitar is too quiet, whatever, by all means, tell them.
5. Don’t be afraid to trust. The host should understand their sound system very well, so trust that once you’re settled on stage they’re making it sound right out front. If you’re happy with what’s in your monitor sound, leave the rest to the sound guy.
6. Support other players. If you don’t want to be judged, don’t judge other people. Open mics are a place to try material you might not get to try on other stages. Celebrate the people who come to share their art.
7. Network. Open mics are musician hangouts—take advantage! If you’re looking to start a band or find musicians to see elsewhere, there’s a good chance they’ll be hanging out at an open mic.
8. Learn from the experience. Every time you walk away from an open mic, there is something to learn. How were you received? What feedback did people give you? Did you feel more comfortable? How did you compare with the other players? Honestly analyze the event to improve your performance next time.
9. And finally, HAVE FUN! Open mics are meant, most of all, to be fun. Musicians get to mingle, everyone gets to play, and even if you have the biggest flub of all time—it’s all in the spirit of open mic. To take the stage at all is to win. Enjoy it, learn from the experience, and have a good time!
From MakingMusic, 2015