Tuesday, April 05, 2016


There was a chilled wind that engulfed the town of Stroudsburg, PA on Sunday April 3rd. But, the day's meteorological afflictions was quickly dispelled as the warmth frequently associated with The Sherman Theater's Living Room during their weekly Open Mic Nite Series touched the heart of all who entered the venue. An additional cheerfulness filled the gathering as their ability to attend the series was interrupted due to the recent Easter Holiday and the reunion of patrons resurrected their creative souls.

After the ceremonial signing in procedure took place, the event's co-hosts, Satilia Rose (aka Tilly), Bobby Jo Moran, and Dayanara Howard, took the stage to welcome those who were present and shared some announcements. Satilia Rose (aka Tilly) then proceeded to introduce the first performer who was a crowd favorite. Brad, whose free styled dancing is mingled with elements of Tai Chi, blended the mechanical and human elements through his deftly executed movements thus creating a newly emerged energy profoundly affecting the audience. He was followed by new comer Dante P. who performed on a Steel Drum enhancing the tonal qualities each song embodied.

Dante P. was followed by another new comer named, “Elliot” who created a delightful atmosphere that filled the heart of everyone in the room with happiness. He was followed by Emmitt whose bluesy performance with his harmonica was enhanced by the song he composed as homage to The Living Room. He was followed by guitarist Dee Allen whose long absence from venue made her return all the more endearing as she touched the souls and rekindled the dreams of everyone who heard her voice. A break ensued as the featured performer for the evening set up his equipment. It was after this task did Satilia Rose (aka Tilly) introduce him.

An array of computerized instruments filled the stage as a single man known as “DIGISAURUS” finalized tuning the musical contraptions he would employ. The beat began and its rhythm permeated the body enticing it to express its flow through its anatomical movements. The flashing lights added a hypnotic effect to the sensations that emanated from the musician whose clarion voice touched each lyric in order to summon the listener toward their higher selves. And, once they met with their sacred beings, they danced to euphoric abandonment.

DIGISAURUS is a future Pop/Rock band consisting of James Allison as it's sole member. Mr. Allison is from Columbus, OH and began the project in 2014 with the intent to explore the evolution of music and art through technology and collaboration. DIGISAURUS recently released its debut EP titled, “No More Room for Love” which “moves through multiple musical eras while dealing with the dismissal of love and conflict within the human psyche.” You can learn more about DIGISAURUS, James Allison, and the music by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/digisaurusmusic or the Website at www.digisaurusmusic.com.

After the performance, the customary raffle took place in which Mr. Allison and the event's co-host, Dayanara Howard, selected the winning ticket which entitled the winner to attend The Living Room's upcoming Open Mic All Stars Show on Friday May 20th beginning at 7pm. A small break ensued as the stage was cleared. This was followed by a performance given by The Forwardian Players featuring Paul Adam Smeltz (yeah that's me) and Wanda with special guest appearance by Dan. They were followed by a performance art piece presented by the extremely popular duo known as Play with your Eyes www.facebook.com/playwithyour3y3s/?pnref=story which consisted of Satilia Rose (aka Tilly) on baby piano and ukulele and Anthony DeRobertis (aka Frenesi Gates). Together, their movements, vocalizations, and songs engulfed the audience with their psychogenic attributes. It was soon after their performance did I leave the venue as my ride had to depart. Many wonderful performers were scheduled to bless the stage and I'm sorry I missed their engaging offerings. Still, the experience of sharing a time with those who were present lingers in my heart and I look forward to experiencing the wonderments the event has to offer next week.

The next Open Mic Nite is scheduled to take place on Sunday April 10th beginning at 7pm with sign ins beginning at 6:30pm. The featured performer for the evening will be Alli and I. www.facebook.com/alliandi/timeline Musicians, poets, writers, and anyone who would like to share something with a receptive audience are welcomed to do so. In the meantime, you'll be able to view the photographs we took during the Sunday April 3rd event in The A Memmelable Open Mic Gallery at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154758873278761.1073741960.91146283760&type=3.

The Sherman Theater’s Living Room is located at 522 Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA. You'll be able to view additional photographs taken during installments of their Open Mic Nites Series by their staff along with videos taken of interviews with the featured artists and the performances of some who attended the event on their Facebook Page. In addition to their Open Mic Nites Series, the venue also holds a number of concerts and special events. Please Explore The Sherman Theater’s Living Room Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/OpenMicAtTheLivingRoom, The Sherman Theater's Website at www.shermantheater.com, or call 570-421-2808 for more information.

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

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