5 years ago Mary Agnes said, “Mim, how about you do a little open mic thing in the courtyard!” And 5 years later, it has become a thing of joy and fun where YOU are the star! SING a Song, TELL a Joke, LEAD a Strum-a-long in the Courtyard at #GNUF2019! YOU are the opening act to the Mainstage! YOU the audience are the back-up band for the people on the Sideshow stage!
1, 2, 3, 4... 5 YEARS OF THE SIDEHOW!
SING, LAUGH & JAM at Mim's International Sideshow Stage!
From America to France, Canada to Norway, and all over the UK… you never know who will perform on Mim’s International Sideshow stage! This is a curated Open Mic. Half the slots are pre-booked, which means there are plenty of spots for walk-up performers! But pre-booked spots enable the nervous, the first-time players, and the uke groups, and the new-to-the-stage performers to have time to sort a set, gather the courage, practice their song, and feel obligated to take that step from seat to stage! Mim is on-hand to give you all the encouragement you need! Sidekick Mark will be lounging on the steps making sure your sound is great and offering his signature thumbs-up of support! Nothing makes them happier than seeing first-time performers show their stuff and see returning acts improve year after year!
Mim explains how it all works:
We asked Mim to say a bit more and here’s what she said:
YOU are the star! YOU are the Opening Act before the Main Stage Opens up! YOU WILL ROCK THE COURTYARD!!! Some Sideshow performers from last year are taking the stage as artists this year (no guarantee but it is a great place to stretch your stage-legs and try out songs to the most supportive audience in the world)!
Everyone is welcome… Beginner to Advanced Players! Original Songs to Covers! Off Book to Music Stands! Single Performers to Small Groups! Uke Only to Multi Instrument Surprises! Young to Not-as-young-as-Some!
EVERYONE should plan to hit the stage at least once! It isn’t about being the best… it is about GROWTH as a ukulele player and a performer!
If you need music that’s OK (we’ll have music stands).
I am a firm believer that the challenge of an Open Mic in a fun, supportive, musical environment like the SIDESHOW stage at GNUF is the perfect place to do it!
If you want a CHALLENGE… Bring 3 Things
- A “Showpiece Song”- Show your stuff! Play a favourite song! Show us what you do best on the ukulele!
- A Joke- So with 2 songs and a Joke in the middle, you will then have a nice little set to bring to other open mics in the future. No one says it has to be a good joke… Just give it a whirl!
- A “Strum-a-long” Song – Find you an easy to follow 4ish chord song, where YOU lead the audience. You are in charge boss, we will follow you! The lonely ukes will be strummed! Just make sure it is easy to follow. Be creative! You can find chord-repetitive songs in the most unlikely places! You got a month to find one! This is your challenge!
Magic happens every year at the Sideshow! Be part of the magic this year! Let me know if you have any questions! I can’t wait to see your set! -Mim
We have an amazing festival partner! Ohana Ukuleles is sponsoring the Sideshow stage! So there will be Ohana Ukuleles scattered about the courtyard for you to pick up, strum, jam with, and get to know the playability and quality that comes with Ohana ukuleles in a fun interactive Open Mic environment!
If you have any questions about them, as Ohana’s largest American dealer, Mim knows the answers!
Super Value & Great Fun!
This is an Open Mic experience completely unique to the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival. So if you have not gotten your tickets yet, check out the all-star lineup, amazing workshops, and unique experiences available through GNUF at www.northernuke.com!
An award-winning music & arts extravaganza, GNUF is not just a ukulele festival, it is an experience!