The Salon Open Mic: Ect. Etc. Restaurant

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The Salon Open Mic

Etc. Etc. Restaurant, NYC, Most Sundays

By Rob Lester for Cabaret Scenes

The-Salon-Open-Mic-Cabaret-Scenes-magazine_212Over several years, on Sunday nights, off and on
I’ve gone to an Open Mic I like called The Salon.
Cover, minimum (come choose food or booze; who’s sober?

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The producer: let’s introduce her: Tanya Moberly.
Mark Janas, on keys, accompanies/plays host; plays Bach
All welcome to sing anything from show tunes to rock.
Some do something new, to preview their cabaret act
It might be a “light” night, but often it’s packed.
Out-of-towners, beginners, MAC Award winners
Sing pop with (optional) theme du jour. Some eat dinners.
Featured guests/ guest co-hosts, some new discovery
Not all find success or, God bless, even the key.
But that’s what open mics are, not superstar shows
Toss of the dice, but much of it nice, and this week…who knows?

Rob Lester

2015 is native New Yorker Rob Lester's eighth year as contributing writer, beginning by reviewing a salute to Frank Sinatra, whose recordings have played on his personal soundtrack since the womb. (His Cabaret Scenes Foundation member mom started him with her favorite; like his dad, he became an uber-avid record collector/ fan of the Great American Songbook's great singers and writers.) Soon, he was attending shows, seeking out up-and-comers and already-came-ups, still reading and listening voraciously. He also writes for and, has been cabaret-centric as awards judge, panel member/co-host, and produces benefit/tribute shows, including one for us.