Experience a night that’s become a community favorite!
Since the mid-sixties, Woodstock has been called home by many legendary musicians; Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Van Morrison, Maria Muldaur, Donald Fagen, David Bowie and more too numerous to list. Maybe the draw to our little town is the bucolic setting away from city life or the town’s reputation as a community of artist or a bit of both. Whatever the reason, the town of Woodstock is synonymous with music.
That musical history led to one of the first and easiest Colony decisions; to host a weekly open mic night. It’s no surprise that each week our open mic is met with talent that’s as diverse and entertaining as the town of Woodstock. Nor is it a surprise that performer participation has grown steadily since it began.
What came as a surprise is how much we would all grow to love and look forward to this weekly event. When asked, “what’s your favorite aspect of working at Colony?” more than one team member responded, “Monday Open Mic night!”
The reasoning varies, but in general the enthusiasm stems from the community and camaraderie that’s developed each night whether the list of performers is long or short. “It’s so comfortable and supportive here!” said one performer “I feel no nerves, it’s like I’m jamming in my living room with friends!”.
On any given Monday you might see performers as young as 15 playing an original song for the first time, or a 75-year-old finally getting the nerve to be on stage. We’ve heard well known working musicians test some new material and of course as is customary in Woodstock, a few familiar songs adapted with political satire. It’s not uncommon for seasoned musicians to encourage, accompany or join those that feel less secure on stage…how great is that?
And just like family, we even celebrate the birthday of the regular attendees.
Yes, the Colony open mic is different from most and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Join us next time (7pm on Mondays) to listen or add your name to the hat! You won’t be disappointed and even if you don’t feel you can get on stage yet, once you do, you’ll have the support of others from the first to the last note!