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The first Palmetto Acoustic Open Mic Challenge will be taking place on May 13th. Read below for all the details and for pre-show sign-ups. Only 15 slots available each night and the winner gets a cash prize! Come out and enjoy the evening as an artist or a fan. Check out the myspace and facebook pages and become our friend. Thanks for the support!

One Wednesday a month, the Palmetto Acoustic Series at Muddy Waters Coffee Bar in West Ashley will host an open mic night as a forum for aspiring performing songwriters of all levels of ability. The evenings are hosted by local musician, Aaron Levy of Charleston’s White Rhino.

Consisting of both local and national acts, performers have 2 songs each to make the stage their own. Each act performs two original songs, and a panel of judges chooses three finalists. These three are invited back to the stage at the end of the night to perform one more song, and the judges select one winner. Performers are judged in five different areas: songwriting, vocal performance, playing ability, stage presence, and audience response.

The Rewards
Winners receive a cash prize and a slot in the Bi-Annual Open Mic Shootout.

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Advance sign-ups at Players may only be signed up for one future Monday time slot at a time. Keep in mind that many open mic players may book their next open mic gig when they come in for their performance, so slots may fill up quickly.


The Rules
There is a $3 cover per performer at the door.

Each act must be limited to three players per act.

No effects (i.e., looping, pedals, fire batons, etc.) nor amps are allowed. We provide vocal mics, direct input plugs for guitars and keyboards.

No full drum kits – only scaled down or hand-held percussion is allowed.

Performers must confirm their spot, on the day of the show or the slot is forfeited to a player on the standby list.

Performers must check in for their slot 30 minutes prior to their scheduled playing time.

Because “playing ability” is a judging criteria, all music must be played live. CD Accompaniment Tracks are not allowed

Written by Eyebee

April 9th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

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