Last month I introduced musician’s clubs and gave a general overview of their appeal. This month I’d like to introduce our local club and mention some of the others in the area.
The Glasshouse Mountains Musician’s Club meets from 7 to 10pm on the second Thursday of the month at the Glasshouse Mountains Sports Club. It provides an opportunity for musicians to publically perform, meet their peers and develop their skills as musicians in a friendly non competitive environment. There are no limits as to performer age or experience. The evening is run as a “blackboard event” where performers either elect on the night, or book beforehand, to play for approximately 15 minutes. People can either come along ready to play – accompanying themselves or using backing tracks, or they can bring chord and lyric charts with them as they are sure to find a few willing backers. The Musician’s Club provides good quality sound for the artists, and encourages all styles of music, but with an emphasis on folk, blues, world, jazz and all forms of improvisation, country, bluegrass and theatre music. Meals and of course drinks are available at the venue. The event is promoted and artists are publicized through local media, such as this newspaper, and there is a mailing list – email firstname.lastname@example.org, and a facebook group is found at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_198780600141473
Similar events are run in the area, and although I can’t vouch for the quality or support you might receive at these, here are some of them: Every Monday night from 7pm is a Muso’s Blackboard night at the UpFront Club in Maleny. The Forty Five 51 Tapas Bar in Caloundra has an Open Mic Night on Thursdays from 6.30pm. The Solbar in Maroochydore has an Open Mic Night on Wednesdays from 6pm. On Tuesdays from 9pm the Sogo Bar in Noosa Heads has an Open Mic Night, and the Nambour and Peregian Originals are on Sunday afternoons.
There are more in the area, and some come and go. One thing I can confirm is that those musicians attending “muso nights” are only a small proportion of people making music in our community on any one night. There is a huge and passionate interest in live performance in this country. Long may it grow!
Have a creative musical month.