Calling all Musos: a brand new open mic night

A brand new music night has arrived at the bayside area’s funkiest lounge and party place, supporting live & local acoustic, grassroots talent each and every Thursday night!

Hosted by former Mornington Peninsula – now Bayside – local and singer-songwriter Simon Imrei, the night is a chance to connect musicians from all around Melbourne and surrounds with a unique new venue with an intimate and nurturing environment, despite what they choose to play.

“Having run open mics and showcases on the peninsula, it’s crucial to create an atmosphere in the room where musos ‘want’ to come and play,” Imrei says. “Whether you’re a professional artist looking for a venue you haven’t played at yet, or an up and coming songwriter wanting to take the plunge and start performing live, we want each person getting on our stage to feel encouraged, listened to and totally comfortable. If you have that, then you’ll get some really special moments that people will want to keeping coming back to see.”

New performers receive drink cards for getting up on stage, but also join the #sidestreetsounds community, a cooperative and supportive network helping to promote each other’s achievements and endeavours, but also hopefully lead to enduring friendships and unique collaborations on stage.

“Supporting each other doesn’t just stop at the performers,” Imrei reiterates. “I’ve met some of my closest friends through these kinds of nights and it’s how I got started as a musician myself; watching others, sharing ideas and songs, performing together. You learn from others around you and slowly you get the confidence to find your own voice.”

Since opening less than two years ago, Side Street Lounge (the ‘little sister’ of Mordialloc’s famous ‘Main Street Cafe’) has quickly become the destination for tasty and creative share-food served til late, boutique beers & regional Victorian wines, not to mention their signature cocktails.

In addition to proudly serving locals, the venue is perfectly placed right next to Mordialloc train station, on the Frankston line, making trips from further afield for mates, morsels or music that much safer and easier.

If you’re a Melbourne musician, or lover of great live and local music, then Mordialloc’s newest hidden treasure is going to be right up your alley!

Open mic Thursdays: Supporting live & local acoustic grassroots talent, each & every week!

Kitchen opens 5.30pm | Registrations start 7:30PM | Music starts 8.30pm

Hosted by Simon Imrei. Originals/covers … all welcome! Bring your instrument and get on stage.

Every Thursday: Side Street Lounge, 501 Main Street, Mordialloc – right next to Mordy Station!

First published in Mint Magazine – October 2015

Author: Mint Gigs

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