Looking forward to the Showcase, 2013

The crowd enjoys Mike Garrigan at showcase 1It is always quite intriguing how a year can seem to last forever and then all of the sudden, you are looking back on it as if it went by in the blink of an eye. Here it is 2013 and I am already well into preparations for the upcoming season of the Showcase of Original Music having barely processed the 10 events we put together in 2012. The first 2 dates for this year are set and the featured artists have pretty much been confirmed, so we are off to a good start!

At ther beginning, it seemed like a cool way to spend one day a month doing something to give back to the local community and to improve the chances of original artists to be in front of an audience. Out of that one day a month has grown a

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The last Showcase of Original Music in 2012

Crystal Bright, our featured artist of the night, mesmerizes the audience with Diego Diaz from The Silver Hands, and Showcase friend, Banana Lazuli.

Bill Donnel at the web cam as the crowd gathersIf you have been reading my blog with any regularity, you know that I am involved with "The Showcase of Original Music "(and open mic). The night of November 16th, 2012 was a very rewarding milestone for me personally. We completed our first year of monthly events and did so with what could be said to be the best show of all, fittingly. At 7 pm when the doors opened and the first few prospective open mic performers started wandering in, the slightest twinge could be felt in my stomach scanning the mostly empty room. I found myself worrying that perhaps the audience turn-out would be disappointing and thus leave the performers giving their all to mostly empty seats. Though the event comes to life each month through the cumulative efforts of the "team", there is a tendency for me to let its success or failure rest heavily on my shoulders. So, even though many succesful nights have started out in much the same way, there is an unavoidable sinking feeling viewing a large room with few people in it.

Fortunately my role as soundman for the Showcase pulls me into a hyper-focused space which keeps me from fretting too long about what's going on behind me. As show time approaches, in that 30 minute time span between sign-up and the first open mic performance there are always last minute details to attend to that make the time fly by. Unbeknownst to me

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