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February 14, 2013

Take the stage as open mic series Toast & Jam returns Monday


Night & Day — “It’s a great atmosphere.” says Campbell. “By the end of the night, it feels like a sing-along at a friend’s house. Some performers are really good, others are just there to have fun. And everyone enjoys the great food at the Brickyard!”

The performances are filmed, edited and broadcast on Lockport Community Television (LCTV) throughout the year, one of the things that make this event unique. The other is the longevity —14 years is a long time for an open mic. Many of the performers have been coming for years and have become old friends and audience favorites. Others will be making their debut this year.

An acoustic guitar will be raffled off during the series, with the winner chosen on March 25. Lewiston Music and Vic’s Woodshed Music are continuing their support of the event by donating the guitar and each time someone performs, they get a comp raffle ticket. The audience is invited to take a chance too, and raffle tickets will be sold throughout the six weeks.

Sponsors of the event are Brickyard Pub & BBQ; Vic’s Woodshed Music, Lewiston Music, Cataract Printing Service and LCTV.

For more information, contact Lewiston Council on the Arts at 754-0166 or visit

OPEN MIC ETIQUETTE For the Audience • Be nice! Recognize performers for their courage. Many of the best performers started this way and you can say "I knew them when ..." Besides if you're so great how come you're not up on stage? • Please let the establishment owners know that you appreciate their generosity in hosting an open mic. There is no cover charge so we heartily encourage you to spend a few bucks. Support the business that supports the arts! For the Performers • Performers who arrive first have their choice of 15 available time slots. • This is a family event. Select your material accordingly. • You're welcome to perform for all of the six weeks in our series, but come prepared with different material each time. • If you're bringing back-up music have it cued up to the starting note. If you're planning on more than one song, have them on the cd in order. • Tune your instrument before you're on stage. • Don't "invite yourself" up on the stage with another performer. Wait to be asked. • If you have CDs to sell, bring them with you and let the host know. Dale will announce it for you. • If you make a mistake or forget the words, keep on going. Remember no matter what happens or how nervous you think you appear, if you're having fun the audience will too!

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