SING a Song, TELL a Joke, LEAD a Strum-a-long in the Courtyard at #GNUF2017! YOU are the star of the Courtyard! YOU are the opening act to the Mainstage! YOU the audience are the back-up band for the people on the Sideshow stage!
SING, LAUGH & JAM at Mim's International Sideshow Stage!
One of everyone’s favourite festival elements returns because it is just so nice! On Saturday and Sunday during the morning/early afternoon, the awesome Mim will compere a truly international selection of open mic performances. Just like last year, she’s making sure that there’s lots of space for folks who just decide to have a go on the day and she’s also setting aside a few spaces for folks to sign up to in advance (more on that below).
We Heart Ohana!
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!
HOW TO GET A SPOT ON MIM'S STAGE
All of the pre-festival/bookable slots are full (they went in 24 hours!).
Mim sets aside some slots for the festival weekend.
When you’re at GNUF, feel free to ask Mim for a slot on the sideshow. The same rules apply.
The fine print:
* You need to be coming to the festival to sign up for a slot 🙂
* Slots are 1-2 songs. You can only book 1 slot in advance but you may play multiple times over the weekend as long as there’s time/space.
Remember that you'll need a festival ticket to perform on Mim's Stage.
Mim explains how it all works:
We asked Mim to say a bit more and here’s what she said:
This year I want to try something a little different! There were too many lonely ukes sitting on tables not being strummed during the Open Mic! If you only want to do one song like last year, PLEASE don’t hesitate to hit the stage!
OH! if you want a CHALLENGE… Bring 3 Things!
- A “Showpiece Song”- Show your stuff! Play a favorite 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 100 days to find one! This is your challenge!
There will be PRIZES for things like Best Joke, Coolest Song, Most Unique Strum Along (we can’t all lead Wagon Wheel)! There are 3 hours of Open Mic on both Saturday and Sunday, so, if you have more than one set, bring one for each day!
If you need music that’s OK (we’ll have music stands).
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!
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!
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!
Magic happened there last year! Be part of the magic this year! Let me know if you have any questions! I can’t wait to see your set! -Mim
Super Value & Great Fun!
This will be 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 ukulele Fest experiences available through GNUF at www.northernuke.com!
The best value in the Ukulele Fest world! GNUF is not just a fest, it is an experience!