There’s a new Open Mic in town.
The Orcas Island Grange will be hosting a monthly open mic every third Tuesday, starting Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Gordon Koenig and Mandy Troxel, the focus of this family-friendly event will be local acoustic music and fabulous audience support and participation. September’s inaugural Open Mic will also feature songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Sircely, who is joining in to help kick off a season of great music.
Grange Open Mics will be held on the third Tuesday of each month. There’s no cover, but a donation jar will be stationed at the door to help offset expenses. Performers of all ages and abilities will be given a maximum 10-minute slot (and held to it), and sound will consist of one “gather ‘round” mic, whether you are a solo musician or a group. Sign up for a slot starting at 7 p.m.
Currently based in Port Townsend, special guest Matt Sircely (www.mattsircely.com) has a lot of friends and family on Orcas. Sircely has built a large catalog of original songs across a wide breadth of styles — songs of history, struggle, hope or reconciliation, a few dark comedies and a growing list of country love songs. Sircely co-produced the most recent recording, No Pressure, from the swing ensemble Hot Club Sandwich, featuring a special guest appearance by David Grisman.