Open Mic
Dec
11
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

Sign up at 6:30 PM in person, or on our website ahead of time, performances begin at 7:00 PM. Music, poetry, storytelling, comedy, etc. Originals encouraged but not required !

$5 suggested donation

All ages and skill levels welcome.

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Reading Group
Dec
12
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Bernadette Colley and The Herricanes
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Bernadette Colley and The Herricanes

Singer guitarist Bernadette Colley sings the open mic circuit  in Massachusetts and New Hampshire frequently.

She performs an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary songs from Hank Williams to Judy Collins, Billy Joel to Steve Brennan.

Joining her in a featured guest spot at The Hearing Room will be seven women - "The Herricanes" - singing close-knit country harmonies.

$10 Suggested Donation

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Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Jennifer Greer

http://jennifergreer.com

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

TBD will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Open Mic
Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

Sign up at 6:30 PM in person, or on our website ahead of time, performances begin at 7:00 PM. Music, poetry, storytelling, comedy, etc. Originals encouraged but not required !

$5 suggested donation

All ages and skill levels welcome.

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Reading Group
Dec
19
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam
Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam

Acoustic Jam (highlighting, but not limited to bluegrass) at The Hearing Room this evening.

Bring your Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Bass, Dobro, Harp (all types), Mandolin, Bones, Spoons, etc.. and come and enjoy a night of bluegrass music.

Acoustic instruments only!

Pass the hat event

 

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Dec
23
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Bear Cake

http://bearcake.bandcamp.com

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

TBD will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Reading Group
Dec
26
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Morgan Minsk, Rachel Marie, and Aaron Tornberg at Mushroom Musicians and RISA Presents Songwriters in the Round
Dec
28
8:00 PM20:00

Morgan Minsk, Rachel Marie, and Aaron Tornberg at Mushroom Musicians and RISA Presents Songwriters in the Round

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Tonight is a special fundraiser for Isaiah58, a non-profit organization that helps address homelessness directly in the community. http://isaiah58nh.com

This is a special post-holiday show. Songwriters for this night were chosen because they have been influenced by religion in their songs. Proceeds from the event will go to help this great cause! Check out the web site and join us!

http://aarontornberg.com

http://morganminsk.com

http://rachelmarie.com

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Dec
30
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Anne Sandstrom

http://annesandstrom.com

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

TBD will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Keep It Simple Songwriting Contest V
Jan
5
7:00 PM19:00

Keep It Simple Songwriting Contest V

Sign up NOW for the Hearing Room's fourth songwriter's contest. It's pretty informal but there are some rules:

Bring one song, with lyrics and lyric sheet (for comparison purposes this contest does not include instrumentals, sorry!) and be ready to play it. There is no theme this time, any song will do. There are three judges who will pick one winner.

Entry is $8

We will need at least eight songwriters to participate and will cap the number of contestants at twelve so get on the list now, email preferred thehearingroom@gmail.com. 

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Jan
11
8:00 PM20:00

Mushroom Musicians Presents Ric Allendorf and Kala Farnham

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Ric Allendorf
Ric Allendorf is an award-winning Massachusetts songwriter who first encountered the acoustic music scene during the Boston folk resurgence of the 1980’s. Over the next few years as an illustration student at MassArt, he would quietly hone his guitar skills in stairwells and on commuter trains out to the suburbs. In 2014, after attending a song retreat on Cape Cod, he wrote his first song ‘Take It All In’ which would become the keystone of his debut CD of the same name. Ric's efforts as a budding songwriter garnered attention throughout Southeastern New England, placing him as a finalist in two national performing songwriter competitions, a finalist in the 2018 Connecticut Folk Festival auditions, and opening sets for Archie Fisher, Susan Cattaneo, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Lied-To’s and Abbie Gardner. Ric’s music invites the listener into deeply-illustrated narratives of love, loss, and forgiveness with the details of a visual artist, immersed in a New England sensibility. Website: https://ricallendorf.com

Kala Farnham
Kala Farnham a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter hailing from the Quiet Corner of CT. Kala's signature songwriting has been described as a reinvention of the folk tradition made popular by artists such as Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez: she has been praised for her classical undertones and playful dose Broadway theatricality onstage, and a lyricism that springs to life with creative storytelling, cultural references, and rich metaphor. Her first full-length studio album, "Anahata: Wake Up Your Heart", was nominated for "Best Americana Album" in RI's Motif Music Awards alongside a nomination for "Best Female Americana Vocalist". In 2015, she was selected to be an Official Showcase Artist in Folk Alliance International's SERFA Music Conference. October 2016 marked the release of her 2nd studio album, "Samadhi: Home Is Where You Are" as well as another Motif nomination for Best Americana Album. Kala is an alumni of the 2017 Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project and the winner of the 2017 Rhode Island Songwriters Association Performing Songwriter Contest. Website: https://www.kalafarnham.com

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Young Musicians Showcase II
Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Young Musicians Showcase II

Tonight is a night filled with multiple acts.
This event is to showcase young, local talents on our stage. 
Come on down to support up & coming musicians!

$10 Suggested Donation which directly goes to support the acts and continues to provide a venue for all ages.

On the bill, in no particular order: 

Sweet Relief (Waltham)
The Elements (Chelmsford)
Flush (Natick)
Laice (Cambridge)

Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8pm

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Medieval Blues Guitar - Claude Bourbon    Opening Act TBA
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Medieval Blues Guitar - Claude Bourbon Opening Act TBA

Medieval & Spanish blues

Guitar & Songs

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.

Claude’s inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is ’Claude’.

It is very hard to describe the almost endless amalgam of different influences in Claude's playing, all melting into each other, as he moves from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearic’s to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta, and shoehorned into all that is music that would not have been out of place in the courts of Emperors and Kings. 

Claude Bourbon weaved his songs through the audience as if on a journey through life taking in different flavours of Europe and beyond. His Spanish medieval blues evolved into Gypsy, Eastern European, with a splash of Paco de Lucia, Delta Blues and more. Holding audience attention under a musical spell.

It's not easy to begin to describe the breadth or mastery of the music you will hear if you are fortunate to catch one of Claude’s gigs, it is a sort of sensory experience like no other. A top master of his craft and never appearing to be rushed, he has impeccable timing and makes things that one can only marvel at seem simple.

Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach….

Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.

Experience an evening of exploration in the unique ambiance of the Thumb!

Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable“ - The Hook, Charlottesville, USA

"Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45", Bob, Tucson, AZ

A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…”Altadena News, USA”

“…This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers…”, BBC, UK

"...His fingerpicking is exquisite and if I closed my eyes I could clearly hear two guitars playing. Just when I recongnised a theme he moved on with a mesmerising cascade of notes which kept on flowing. He added a driving bass, for a version of “She knows how to stretch it”. By the time he sang the first verse he had ‘stretched it’ from Spain to the Caucuses, and from the concert hall to the bar room. His forte is obviously his wonderful guitar work, but he does occasionally burst into song and what you then get is something between Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens, combined with a French accent! C’est magnifique.” Dave Baily

Claude's official website : www.claudebourbon.org

$15

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Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Kim Moberg

http://kimmobergmusic.com

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

TBD will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Reading Group
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Open Mic
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

Sign up at 6:30 PM in person, or on our website ahead of time, performances begin at 7:00 PM. Music, poetry, storytelling, comedy, etc. Originals encouraged but not required !

$5 suggested donation

All ages and skill levels welcome.

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Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Gary Blanchard

http://garyblanchard-musicfortheheartandsoul.yolasite.com

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

TBD will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Don White
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

Don White

There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He has survived and thrived for twenty-five years, bringing his audiences to laughter and tears in his live performances, studio recordings, and on the printed page. He is a storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter. He is a walking challenge to the phrase “file under.” Best to just sort him under “Don White.” Don’s approach to music is a weird, unique blend. If he just played folk music, it would be a handy label. But he has invented his own genre with a mix of humor and powerful songwriting. White’s arc as a writer and performer has taken him from his industrial hometown of Lynn, Ma across the country as hitchhiker, through Boston’s comedy clubs and coffeehouses, and onto the stage with greats like Christine Lavin, Arlo Guthrie, Taj Mahal, Ritchie Havens, Patty Larkin, Bill Morrissey, Tom Rush, and Louden Wainright III.

Age restrictions: All Ages.
Small room - book early!

Tickets at Door $18
Advance Tickets $15

Tickets here:

https://thehearingroom.ticketspice.com/don-white


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Don White Workshop! Using Humor
Dec
1
3:00 PM15:00

Don White Workshop! Using Humor

Using Humor Between Songs

Presenter: Don White

Saturday: 3:00  – 5:00

$20.00

When the space between songs is as entertaining as the music the audience remains connected to the performance from the first note of the evening until the concert ends. Humor is powerful. When an audience is laughing they are engaged. You will learn how to use the powerful combination of story and humor to keep your audience focused from song to song. Among the comedy tools we will discuss will be confidence, body language, misdirection, set up/pay off, and vocal inflection. The goal is not to turn you into a comedian but to give you a greater understanding of what makes people laugh so you can use it to find a style and level of humor that suits your unique personality.

Tickets HERE

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Reading Group
Nov
28
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Open Mic
Nov
27
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

Sign up at 6:30 PM in person, or on our website ahead of time, performances begin at 7:00 PM. Music, poetry, storytelling, comedy, etc. Originals encouraged but not required !

$5 suggested donation

All ages and skill levels welcome.

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Great American Songbook
Nov
25
5:00 PM17:00

Great American Songbook

Hey, music lovers! Every Sunday evening from 5 to 8 pm you are welcome to join us for an always varied evening of standards and jazz from the American songbook, which also includes popular and show tunes! You are more than welcome to come play with me (I have had some amazing musicians sit in with me), sing (no prior training required!), or listen to the evening's offerings. I play the piano, but will gladly sing along if you prefer to play. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. This is a great evening of entertainment in the ever comfortable Hearing Room.

John McCarron

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Nov
25
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Cathy Main

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

TBD will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Figure From Ground - Fable Grazer - Goa Death Mother
Nov
23
8:00 PM20:00

Figure From Ground - Fable Grazer - Goa Death Mother

Figure From Ground are an experimental music quartet based in northern (Canton/Malone) NY.  Claude Aldous, Ola Aldous, Michael Hart, and Ramon Vasquez began working together in the summer of 2017, creating and documenting improvised soundscapes using modular synthesizers, prepared and effected piano, contact microphones, found objects, and voice.  The group has been played on CKCU’s Acoustic Frontiers radio program in Ottawa, Canada, on multiple occasions, headlined Ithaca, NY’s Electrozone concert series, and have been livestreamed on Hudson, NY’s WGXC. Figure From Ground have also recently released an album on the Athens, Greece, based Game of Life Label.
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Fable Grazer is a free improv collective based in Somerville, MA. The group formed in the summer of 2012, when founding member Marc Drinkwater began stalking local musicians on Soundcloud, gathering cogs for a human loop station. The schematic soon became obsolete when the cogs rebelled against their engineer, demanding freedom. Marc discovered (to his horror) that he unwittingly assembled a sonic T-1000, as the group would continuously dissolve into puddles and reform into grotesque, unpredictable shapes over the course of jams that often spanned more than an hour.

Fable Grazer has about 5-6 core members (depending on when you read this) and a long list of extended family and special guests, wielding instrumentation that encompasses everything from guitar, modular synth, trumpet, mandolin and melodica, to radiator (and related plumbing), springs, loose change, broken glass, and pool table (with balls).

$10 Suggested Donation

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Reading Group
Nov
21
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Open Mic
Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

Sign up at 6:30 PM in person, or on our website ahead of time, performances begin at 7:00 PM. Music, poetry, storytelling, comedy, etc. Originals encouraged but not required !

$5 suggested donation

All ages and skill levels welcome.

View Event →
Great American Songbook
Nov
18
5:00 PM17:00

Great American Songbook

Hey, music lovers! Every Sunday evening from 5 to 8 pm you are welcome to join us for an always varied evening of standards and jazz from the American songbook, which also includes popular and show tunes! You are more than welcome to come play with me (I have had some amazing musicians sit in with me), sing (no prior training required!), or listen to the evening's offerings. I play the piano, but will gladly sing along if you prefer to play. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. This is a great evening of entertainment in the ever comfortable Hearing Room.

John McCarron

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Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Rich Eilbert

http://richeilbert.com

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

TBD will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam

Acoustic Jam (highlighting, but not limited to bluegrass) at The Hearing Room this evening.

Bring your Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Bass, Dobro, Harp (all types), Mandolin, Bones, Spoons, etc.. and come and enjoy a night of bluegrass music.

Acoustic instruments only!

Pass the hat event

 

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Reading Group
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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