Although my late arrival to the venue denied me the opportunity to experience the wonders of the performances that appeared already, the Sunday August 9th installment of the Open Mic Nite weekly Series at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA eagerly shared its blessings with me. My entry into the room was met by a number of announcements being given by the evening's co host, Emillie Day, who (adorned in a one piece pair of pajamas which seemed to be the customary attire for the evening as it was worn by several of its attendees) then proceeded to introduce the next performer who was known by the name of Jacob.
Jacob's powerful voice added a texture to the joyful tunes he presented to an appreciative audience. He was joined on stage briefly by a friend named Garret who shared in the performance. It was as Jacob concluded his set did Emillie Day return to the stage with co-host Satilia Rose to introduce the featured performer for the evening. Tilly Tyler Hawkins traveled to the Living Room from the great state of Texas along with his guitar. Together they shared a number of songs whose powerfully conversational lyrics where allowed to trail off toward each composition's completion so it could fade away to create a future memory. Tilly Tyler Hawkins was briefly joined by another musician during his set whose name I neglected to receive. Still, their collaboration added a depth to the music and a more perceptional understanding of its meaning. You can learn more about Tilly Tyler Hawkins by exploring his Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/tillzilla?fref=ts.
A break ensued as Tilly Tyler Hawkins concluded his performance which enabled everyone to share their impressions of the entire evening. Their stories allowed me to live the moments that occurred before my arrival and I remain appreciative in their tellings. It was after the break did the next performer come to the stage. It was Garret who shared the stage with Jacob earlier that evening. This time, comedy came from his lips as the company was amused by the stories of his life in the Pizza Party. He was followed by Christina whose A Capella renderings of songs were filled with melodies that quieted the most turbulent of thoughts. She was followed by Kevin “Tails” Moucha who led the gathering in a sing along which not only inspired many voices to join in with the song but many dancing feet as well.
Kevin was followed by Comedian Russell Austin who elicited a great deal of laughter from the audience through the revelations of being old and vainy in Jim Thorpe, PA. Russell was followed by a new comer to the series by the name of Chris. He blessed the gathering with a voice that touched the heart with its beautifully piercing depths which was soulfully reflected in the thoughtful contemplation easily found in the countenance of all. It was after his performance did another break ensue in order for Wilbium to prepare for his well loved contribution to the evening as provided through the sounds emanating from his voice, guitar, and computerized apparatus which never fails to move the crowd to dance.
Unfortunately, I was unable to stay for Wilbium's performance or those who would follow him. An upcoming Doctor's Appointment scheduled for the following morning bade me to go home to rest up for it. However, the delight of attending the parts of the event that I did led to a wonderful night filled with inspiring dreams that enhanced the healthy result of my visitation to the physician. You'll be able to view the photographs I took during throughout the evening in the Tilly Tylering Around at the OMN Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154128351063761.1073741889.91146283760&type=3.
The next installment of the Living Room Open Mic Nite Series will take place on Sunday August 23rd beginning at 7pm with sign ins beginning at 6:30pm. Musicians, poets, writers, and anyone who would like to share something with a receptive audience are welcomed to do so. You can learn more about The Living Room Open Mic Nite Series by Exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/OpenMicAtTheLivingRoom.
In addition to the Open Mic Nites presented at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room, the venue also holds a Gallery which presents their current Hot Summer Nights Exhibition which will be on display until September 6th. Their next exhibit will be an Open Exhibition featuring the work of local artists. An Artists' Reception scheduled for Saturday September 12th beginning at 6pm. The drop of date for artists who wish to place their work in the show is Monday September 7th from 2pm until 8pm. Please contact the gallery at 570-421-2808 for more information.