Roslindale Open Mike
"Dan and I wanted to thank you again for a wonderful experience as features at ROM this past Monday.
We have been smiling all week thinking about how we were received by you and those that were witnesses to our Dia De La Muerta--Day of the Dead feature at ROM. You made us feel like royalty."--Angela Masciale and Dan Zampino
"I wanted to thank you again for bringing me into the ROM community, what
a lovely, supportive group of creative people. I so enjoyed hearing your
songs and getting to perform for such a welcoming
crowd."--Mara Flynn, singer-songwriter.
"I have been to several open mikes and venues, but seldom have I witnessed the diversity and talent you assembled in the room last night! That is a testament to the hard work and the positive vibe you put out and you should be very proud. You have created something very special at ROM.'—Mark Gorman of The Noblemen.
"Thank you soooo much for a wonderful night at ROM last night. The people were nothing short of amazing! You have such a great vibe going on there and what talented people you draw! We loved every minute of the night."—Rick Santos of Rick’s Music and The Noblemen
"It's my pleasure to provide a small gesture of appreciation to thank you and to help you out with your fundraising efforts! It's the small things that mean the most and the world would be a better place if everyone realized this!
In Tune Guitar Picks
"Thank you for such a wonderful night. The listeners were amazing"--Tret Fure
“The willingness of ROM to offer musical events specifically to assist this church in the raising of much-needed funds is a surprising step of generosity that is deeply appreciated” –Rev. Branwen L. Cook, Roslindale Congregational Church
"ROM is 'mighty'" --David Roth
“It was so moving to hear such heartfelt, and lovely music from everyone, and to feel the warm, exciting, inspiring atmosphere that pervades each corner of that lovely room and church. Thank you so very much for running such a wonderful open mike. It means the world to us. I realize you have taken the best aspects of many beloved open mikes and incorporated them into one sweet venue. Mil gracias, mis amigos.” –Ana-Eder Mulhane, beloved host of the former Java Jo’s Open Mike
"ROM is such a gift"--Kate Arata
"I love the warmth at ROM and have benefited immensely from the ROM community that includes King Yee who works hard helping others with videos and beyond!"--David Jackson
"Monday night was a wonderful evening of music, fabulously positive energy, talent, songs.. all that love. Wow. ROM is a gift to the planet. The talent is amazing. We are so lucky."--Fran Araujo
"It's no wonder that ROM is so successful given the care and feeding you apply to it. Everyone seemed to be REALLY listening and really enjoying it." --Jon McAuliffe
"Thank you folks so much for all your contributions to the music community through the ROM. I really enjoyed featuring, and think you folks have done a wonderful job living up to "Ana's" example of hosting a warm and welcoming open mike. I know I speak for all the performers when I say "thank you so much" for providing a space to perform and hear others - you folks are doing great work, and I am grateful that I got a chance to be a part of it." --Chris Thompson
"The Roslindale Open Mic is one of the most well known and well attended open mics in the Boston area. It was our honor to be invited to perform as the feature act for their third anniversary bash on January 10th. We had a great time and tried some new music. The evening was filled with talented musicians and amazing performances. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSLINDALE OPEN MIC!" -- Guys and Dahl
"What a fantastic feeling of community - something we need in these times, and always. You have something very wonderful happening"--Ellen Schmidt, open mike host, performance producer, and singer-songwriter
"The best open mic in all of Boston."--Rob Norberg
"It's an ideal venue...spacious, comfortable, and without competition to be heard from ice cream blenders or other small appliances"--Jim Taff
"The atmosphere created in that lovely church hall is very special"
--Ana Eder-Mulhane, host of the Java Jo's open mike
"You do a great job. Keep up the good work"
Neal presenting a commemorative ROM plaque to the late Mayor Menino.
Special Announcements: The “potluck” food approach for ROM is going great. We are so grateful for everyone who has brought something to share. We also truly appreciate all the help we are getting setting up and breaking down, and everything in between. As dear Friend David Roth has said "ROM is Mighty"; as a Community we continue to grow together!!
twenty five years Dean Stevens has
delighted audiences of all ages throughout the
Americas. An exuberant performer of distinctive
style and wit, he combines an intricate, self-taught
guitar style with a versatile and expressive
singing voice. He has established himself as
a formidable creator and interpreter of a
wide spectrum of songs in English and Spanish.
His own material explores a variety of personal
and social topics, paints sketches of people and
places, celebrates the Earth, and
annoys the narrow minded.
Born and raised in Costa Rica, Dean Stevens
is a lifelong student of Latin America. He
learned Spanish at an early age, and readily
absorbed the musical and topical influences
of the region. He travels frequently to
Central America, and has become known
for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of
refugees returning to their homes
in El Salvador and Guatemala.
Dean Stevens has four highly acclaimed
recordings to his credit. His last release,
"Eyes of Wonder" (Volcano Records),
is a collection of songs in English and Spanish,
with guest appearances by Sol y Canto,
Randy Sabien, Linda Waterfall, and others.
"Seeing and hearing Dean Stevens live on stage is proof that sanity, literacy, love, hope, and the forces of good are still alive and well and at work in the universe.
Losing your faith? Go to a Dean Stevens concert!"
THE RULES: Roslindale Open Mike (ROM) uses a random draw of names to set the order of performers. Our goal is to be fair, equitable, and consistent. The names are randomly drawn from the basket of names at 6:40 PM. As a courtesy to people coming from work or from a distance, early signups are accepted by Neal via email only at email@example.com up until noon of the ROM Monday. Anyone arriving after the names are being drawn are added to the end of the list in the order of arrival. People with special needs (as defined by ROM) or who have indicated that they will be arriving late will be accommodated if possible. First timers are given their choice of a slot. After the performance order has been drawn, any swaps for an earlier or later slot may be arranged between the people requesting the swap, but only Neal, or his designee, will change the performance order on the board. Anyone who misses their slot due to late arrival will be accommodated at some point after they arrive.
Everyone will get to play one song (OR 5 MINUTES!) and if we finish the first round before 10:30 willing participates may get a second song. This should allow everyone to perform before it gets too late, with an ending time goal of 10:30 PM
Everyone is requested to be tuned up and ready to go when it is their turn and to keep song introductions brief. Everyone is requested to maintain a listening room atmosphere and is encouraged to be courteous and respectful of all performers.