Whether it be music, comedy, poetry, etc. an open mic is the best spot to get started out or to practice even if you have performed thousands of times. They get you out in front of people and people appreciate someone putting themselves out there.
Andrew Moses and Ricky Delgado both know this and they both have a lot in common with their strong musical backgrounds. Andrew and Ricky also host some of the most well known open mics in the Stroudsburg area.
The Renegade Winery is one, which is hosted by Andrew. This open mic takes place every Thursday from 8-11 p.m.
The Renegade is a spacious venue with a welcoming atmosphere. They have a light skull theme and the backdrop behind the stage is made up of wooden pallets with the company’s name. It has an elegant touch to it with the chandeliers and vibrant music paintings.
Andrew’s event is unique in the fact that there is always an acoustic Martin guitar there for those who want to play but forgot to bring their own.
He has been hosting this open mic for over 3 years and he believes that people come back because he and the staff make them feel comfortable.
Sarah Street Grill and Newberry’s Yard of Ale are both hosted by Ricky. The open mic at Sarah Street is on Wednesday nights at 9:30 p.m. and Newberry’s, Thursday nights at 9:30 p.m.
Ricky sets up equipment in the warm, intimate setting of what is Newberry’s Yard of Ale. Most of the bar and tables were filled. The staff look forward to the open mics and has an appreciation for live, local music which is almost a rarity these days.
Ricky takes pride in his job because of the people who look forward to it every week.
A musician and frequent open mic attendee known as “The Professor” explained that he enjoys coming out to these open mics because he gets to practice in front of an audience and watch their body movements and reactions. It’s where he gets his best feedback on how he did.
Delgado says, “people come to celebrate the music, it’s their escape.”
To find out more information on these open mics you can follow Newberry’s Yard of Ale, Sarah Street Grill, and Renegade Winery on Facebook and other social media sites.
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