Hopkinton POS

Open Mic

First Friday Open Mic at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Hosted by singer-songwriter Jack Byrne. 
Singers, players, songwriters, poets, and storytellers of all ages are invited to perform.
Sign-ups available online.

All are welcome to come and enjoy the music.
$5 at the door. Free to HCA members.

Sign-ups 7:00pm, Music 7:30pm

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November 1:
Feature: Kenny Selcer
Kenny Selcer is a warm, eclectic performer that plays a wide range of material: folk rock, blues,country and reggae. The stunning guitar work and intimate vocals keep audiences asking for more. He plays known classics with original spice, as well as originals that will get you tapping your feet and singing along. He has played everywhere from Foxboro Stadium, to Club Passim, to The Bull Run and seemingly every bar and coffee shop in the area. He has 4 solo cds, 4 duo cds, and is working on 2 more, one with duo partner Steve Gilligan. He plays as a soloist, in duos(with Roberta Lamb and with Steve Gilligan, and leads the Kenny Selcer Trio and is a backup guitarist for many musicians.
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December 6:
Feature: Tom Smith
Tom Smith’s songs are in turns humorous, touching, thought provoking, and inspiring. Deeply rooted in the old-school folk tradition, his timeless stories are told with a voice that is honest and sincere with melodies that you will remember forever. In the words of noted singer/songwriter Barbara Kessler, “Tom Smith will make you laugh and cry (maybe even in the same song) – a very captivating songwriter and performer.” Tom grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a family where music was part of the fabric of everyday life. As a young man living at the epicenter of the folk-quake that was Cambridge, MA in the 1960’s, Tom solidified what has become a life-long love of self-made music. Now a folk veteran of over forty years, Tom performs at festivals, coffeehouses, schools, and concerts throughout the Northeastern United States to audiences large and small, young and old. Tom’s monthly folk music blog, “The Kitchen Musician” can be viewed at TomSmithMusic.com.

“Contrary to what a lot of people think, folk music is still a living tradition. It’s a living tradition that feeds on new songs that speak of people’s wants, people’s needs, people’s struggles and people’s triumphs. Tom Smith is more out of the tradition of say Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton than Jackson Browne or Connor Oberst. He’s a man who writes songs that seem like they’ve always been there. There are very few songwriters working today that I would call folksingers, but I would call Tom Smith a true folksinger.”
– Dave Palmeter, WUMB-FM Boston
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January 3:
Feature: Dav Blues
Dav Blues is a soulful folk singer/songwriter residing in Brockton, Ma but based out of Boston. He blends a unique voice with refreshingly introspective lyrics that pull from all facets of his life. His debut DIY album ‘Rescue Dog’ is available now on all major streaming services.
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February 7:
Feature: Liam Dailey
Liam Dailey is a Boston singer-songwriter who plays contemporary music inspired by the traditions of Appalachia and Ireland. His writing is rooted in the belief that music should be sung together and should get under the skin, but a commitment to melody should not mean a sacrifice of thoughtfulness and experimentation. Grounded by his powerful baritone voice and creative acoustic guitar playing, his songs flirt with tropes of folk, country, rock and pop. He released his debut solo album, Get It Where You Can, in 2017. In addition to his solo work, he has performed nationally with the contemporary vocal ensemble Bennington and plays with the Vermont folk cover band Heavy Nettles. 
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March 6:
Feature: Kim Moberg
Kim's passionate and heartfelt vocals mesmerize listeners while her compositions and story telling tug at feelings of melancholy, heartbreak, healing, and social conciousness. Recent recognitions include: 
* Above Ground #23 Folk Alliance International Folk DJ Charts with 2 songs in the Top 20 Category July and August 2018 
* Winner: 2018 Rose Garden Coffee House Performing Songwriter Competition
* 2nd Place: Linden Tree Coffeehouse Winter Potpourri American Idol Folk
* 2017 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA)  Suzi Wollenberg DJ Showcase performing artist
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April 3:
Feature: Terry Kitchen
Called "one of New England's best songwriters" by The Boston Globe, Terry Kitchen performs songs that are portraits of ordinary people and emotions, captured with extraordinary compassion, honesty and humor. He's been performing on folk stages across the country since the 1990s, releasing ten CDs, including his latest, Rubies in the Dust, which reached #23 on the national Folk-DJ airplay chart. His songs have won the Mid-Atlantic and USA Song Contests and been runner-up in the John Lennon Song Contest, and have appeared in numerous films. In the 1980s he was the leader of the groundbreaking Boston band Loose Ties, whose experiences he recounts in his novel Next Big Thing, called "a great debut novel" by The San Francisco Book Review. More on Terry at www.terrykitchen.com.
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May 1
Feature: Kirsten Manville
With elements of Americana, folk, country, and blues, singer/songwriter Kirsten Manville creates songs that feel like they may have come straight from journal entries. Deceptively simple lyrics paint pictures, tell stories, and evoke a range of emotions. From the pain of finding and losing love, and hard times in a down-on-its-luck town, to the small pleasures of line-dried laundry and homemade pie, and the escapism of a romantic night for two, Kirsten’s warm and sultry voice draws the listener in, infusing the songs with feeling and depth.

Her most recent release, "Some People Sing," was a Top 5 album pick in the January 2018 issue of Metronome Magazine, and Kirsten was featured on the cover of the magazine in March 2018.  The song “...but Down” was included in the Alternate Root Magazine's weekly top 10 in November of 2017. Kirsten's songs have received radio airplay on a number stations both in the United States and overseas, including WUMB and KZUM. She has been a finalist in the songwriting competition at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival, and in February 2016 she was a winner in the Maine Songwriters Whittlesey Barn Songwriting/Performance Contest. Kirsten has had the honor of opening for well-known folk artists Don White, Joe Jencks, and Kerri Powers.

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These events are part of the HCA Art Pass and EBT Card to Culture free ticket programs.
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