Are you interested in
appearing as a feature? Read on...
features are run a little differently than many other folk clubs and coffee
houses. First of all, we are entirely non-commercial. That is—we don’t
pay our performers, and we generally don’t host professional artists
who are touring the area. There are lots of other venues better suited for
that, whose main purpose is to develop and promote professional musicians.
Second, we work to reduce the separation between
performer and audience. Our focus is on sharing the music, the songs, and the
“stage,” with our members and guests. Therefore, our features tend to
be drawn from our membership, past and present—those we’ve heard for a while
on our open stage, or the song circle evenings, who’ve
been working hard on their music, and are invited to share an hour or so of
their music as a feature. Sometimes they invite others along with them for a
tune or a song collaboration, and we’ve heard some
wonderful surprises that way. Reducing the division between audience and
performer also explains why we are acoustic and unplugged—the technology is
usually a distraction from the music.
If you’d like to share your music with us as a
feature, or want to suggest someone to us, contact the features coordinator
via our Contacts page..
Of course, when it’s your turn on stage, if you happen to have a CD
for sale, you’re welcome to bring copies along, and promote other events
where you are playing.
If we don’t pay the performers, where does the money go?
Good question: Among other things, we use the door
proceeds and membership fees to rent the hall, maintain the website, buy
basic office supplies, and help run our annual retreat—something else that
makes us a little different from other folk clubs. Check out our next retreat.