NOTE: The Roslindale Congregational Church is NOT currently handicapped accessible--but hopefully not for long. Funds are being raised and plans are in the works to construct a first floor handicapped-accessible bathroom and a lift from the driveway to the first floor. ROM has conducted five fundraisers and the church has been raising funds too. Hopefully it will be a reality in the near future.
THE REGULAR DETAILS:
The Roslindale Open Mike (ROM) is held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month (and occasionally fifth Mondays) at the Roslindale Congregational Church, 25 Cummins Highway, Roslindale, MA 02131. This is diagonally across from the Post Office near Roslindale Square.
Parking: Park on the street or in the lighted public parking on Tafthill Terrace, which is less than a 5 minute walk from ROM across Roslindale Square.
All are Welcome!! No Cover!!
Our Golden Rule is “All are Welcome!!” We want a listening room, with a non-judgmental, supportive audience, that appreciates the diversity of our performers, from beginners to touring professionals. Everyone should be treated with kindness and encouraged to use their stage time to grow as a performer. Everyone is expected to listen politely to their fellow open mikers. Loud conversations, tuning, and practicing, should be conducted in the entryway, the sanctuary, or outside.
We are all on a journey with a wide range of goals and aspirations. We seek to help our caring community continue to thrive.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (NO LONGER THAN 5 MINUTES including your introduction!) and if we finish the first round before 10:00 PM some willing participants may get a second song using the same performance order. This should allow everyone to perform before it gets too late, with an ending time goal of 10:30 PM at the latest.
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.
Doors open at 6 PM and the open mike performances start at 7 PM, with our evening feature act at 8:30 PM. We pass the "NOT-HAT" (because it's not a hat, it's a MASSIVE BUCKET!) for the feature. Mike usually has his "practice session" at 6 PM. So, show up early, stay ‘til late, or drop by when you can.
All refreshments are at NO COST but there is a donation basket, all of which is given to the church to thank them for offering this great venue.
This is an all-volunteer effort, so we would love for you to help out making this open mike a success. Would you like to help us set up, host, mix sound, clean up, etc?
Please consider bringing some food or beverages to share. (And of course this open mike is FAMILY FRIENDLY: non-alcoholic, drug-free, non-smoking and no inappropriate language. Please don't smoke on the church grounds--we don't want to lose this venue due to cigarette butts.)
When he's available, Steve Friedman of Melville Park (www.melvillepark.com) will be there to record your performance for your upcoming live CD.
You can email Neal (neal@roslindaleopenmike.ORG) or Mike (email@example.com) with suggestions on how to make the nights better and better.
Thank Yous... Thank yous go out to the Roslindale Congregational Church, Brian Higgins and Family of the F. J. Higgins Funeral Home for their years of help and donation to ROM and the RCC. Also, Sam of the GreaterBostonHomeTeam.com, Elizabeth Swanson of Birch St. House & Garden, the late Judie Leon of Travel by Judie, Josef Porteleki of Roslindale Hardware and Vicky of the Rialto Barber Shop!! Also, Primavera Restaurant Roslindale, Panera Bread West Roxbury, Cecelia Dahl, George Cronin, Sue Burgess, Gerry Ryan, Charlie Ortolani, Melissa Fleming, Junko Ogawa, Tom Irving, King Yee, David Jackson, Branson Bofat, Ed Banatt, Darwin MacDonald, Ken Porter, Cheryl Perreault, Jimmy Dorr, Peter Neuendorffer, Chief Noda, Chris Lee, Kathryn Howell, Roberto Mighty, Jim Palana, Suzanne Mrozak, Brian Cartwright, Ben Chase, Ariella Montanez, Lorraine and Bennett Hammond, Branson Bofat, Tom Smith (again), Steve Rapson, Chrissy LeCato of In Tune Guitar Picks, Barry Spiro, Mel Gluskin, Ed Banatt, Johnny Flaherty, Chris Lee (again), Charlie Ortolani (again), Carolyn Rundquist (again), David Diamond, Cheryl Perreault, Ellen and Allan Schmidt, Chip Canty (again), Peter Reilly, Chris Thompson, Dean Denniston, Mr. Kurt and Geoff Pango, and Boston Radio Legend Dick Summer, for their time and generous donations to the church and ROM.
Roslindale Open Mike