a day that seemed like a return of the Winter Season, The
Sherman Theater's Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA held another
installment of their weekly Open Mic Nite Series on Sunday
the warmth of the gathering permeated the room and hearts of all who
were present even more than the layered coats that embraced their
forms. This was combined with the excited anticipation of the
evening's featured performer whose crescendo grew until the
signing in procedure took place and concluded.
evening began as the
event's co-host, Theresa Ratliff,
took the stage to welcome large gathering who was present and shared
some announcements. Among the sharings, Ms. Ratliff revealed the
feature performer had a Tee Shirt available upon which Ms. Dayanara
Howard magnified the audience's desire to possess the apparel by
modeling it. It was at this point was the first performer for the
evening was introduced.
has become a crowd favorite throughout the years and that evening
demonstrated why this was so as his dance movements enhanced the
music that accompanied him. He was followed by new comer to the
series, Guitarist Patrick Turner, who belted out several songs while
gently crooning others with all of them having a soulful penetrating
effect on the listener. He was followed by Frensesi
was accompanied by a guitarist known as Elliot and a violinist named,
“Christina Piserchio” who together filled the room with a
landslide of muse. They were followed by a young woman known as
Complex Colors whose voice and ukulele transformed the hues of each
song she gently painted for the gathering. She was followed by Ann
Mathews who led the gathering upon a communal journey toward a
musical togetherness. It was at the conclusion of Ms. Mathew's
Dylanesque performance that a break ensued so the featured performer
could prepare for his set.
great deal of excitement met co host, Satilia Rose (aka Tilly), as
she introduced Allie and I who consists of a guitar named, “Allie”
Standley. Together, they jumped right into their repertoire of joyous
music and light hearted anecdotes of their adventures on the road.
The joy Mr. Standley shared filled the soul with it's welcomed
properties along with a number of songs that allowed a deeply
profound refection to be shared by the audience through their
thoughtful phrasings. All in Allie it was a great time filled with
smiles encompassing all aspects of the human soul.
Alli and I (Andrew Standley) are from Lincoln,
NE and has traveled a great deal together through a number of tours.
They have released three albums since 2007 with the most recent one
titled, “Imaginary Hearts” which are a collection of twelve hand
written stories told by Andrew and his guitar. You can learn more
about Alli and I from their Facebook Page at
or their Website at www.alliandi.com.
the customary raffle took place in which Mr.
event's co-host, Theresa Ratliff,
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
before the next performers would take the stage.
second part of the evening began with a duet consisting of Dave on
electric guitar and Bri on vocals who moved the room with their
harmonies that flowed like rivers into the estuaries of our beings.
They were followed by Woodrow
Theresa Ratcliff on Vocals and Brian
Bramkamp on Guitar who played some original compositions that were
already written in our dreams. They were followed by Guitarist Burt
Kleinle whose sang with a translative voice defining the pain
embodied in each lyric while creating a universal understanding of it
all. He was followed
by a performance of a theatrical piece titled, “Language” as
given by The Forwardian Players featuring Anthony DeRobertis, Satilia
Rose (aka Tilly), Brianna Booker,
and Paul Adam Smeltz (yeah that's me). This was followed by Guitarist
Justin Scalia who shared his song through his heart. He was followed
whose musically mesmerizing injections filled the gathering with the
desire to dance which was joyously fulfilled.
was after Wilbium's performance that it was announced the main list
was exhausted and there was enough time for some of those who placed
their names on the waiting list to share their talents. This would
bring two comedians to the stage. The first was new comer Tommy Stone
who shared his observations on the differing views law enforcement in
Canada and the United States have in regards to DUI (Driving Under
the Influence). The second comedian was well known to the gathering
as he was a featured performer several weeks prior. Russell Austin
shared his humorous reflections on On Line Dating, Night Terrors, and
Dick Pics. It was after his performance was it announced the evening
has reached its concluding hour and a bidding of farewells were
shared by the company who eagerly awaits the next Open Mic Nite to
occur. You'll find more photographs taken during the Sunday
Open Mic Nite that featured Alli and I in our “An OMN, Alli, and I”
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
The Sherman Theater's Website atwww.shermantheater.com,
call 570-421-2808 for more information.