Roslindale Open Mike
Neal recently presented the commemorative ROM plaque to Mayor Menino.
"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! "--Chrissy LeCato
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"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"
Sandy Haddon is a musician. Period. She loves it and lives it. She plays and teaches guitar, is a part-time performer and full time singer/songwriter. Sandy has been playing in public on her own and with friends, for over 20 years. While she enjoys playing all music, Sandy especially enjoys folk and blues. Sandy enjoys performs all over the New England area. For the past 3 years, she has served as a musician-in residence at a women's weekend getaway in New Hampshire. Recently she has been a guest artist on Nick Noble’s WICN radio Folk Revival program, to the delight of his worldwide audience; and she can be heard on Women of Substance, an internet station. In 2011, Sandy released her first CD, "The Holly and The Ivy" and nearly fainted dead away on discovering that the title cut from her “little independent cd” had climbed to number 50 on the folk dj radio listings! Pretty good for a first recording… With the success of her first cd, Sandy is writing songs with plans to go back into the recording studio and release a new cd of original songs by the end of 2015. In the meantime, she is always on the lookout for new excuses to play music, sing and find adventure! Audiences and reviewers have described Sandy's music as "beautiful" and "addictive". Susan D says, "Sandy's singing will trickle down into your soul and stay a while... Hannah V explains, “Sandy’s songs are about real life and events that I can relate to, not celebrity or stardom. Her lyrics are easy to understand and the songs draw me in - I can feel her and know her. The songs make me want to bop, tap my foot and sing along in three part harmony!”
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.