If not otherwise stated, most events are a $5 suggested donation. The money goes to help compensate the hosts for their time and/or to The Hearing Room to help keep the lights on! We also offer hot tea, iced tea, iced coffee, filtered water, soda, popcorn and hot coffee by request for a $1 suggested donation.

Sundays

Lazy Sunday Acoustic open mic

Aaron Tornberg hosts this open mic. We play "in the round," meaning we play one song each in a circle, facing each other on the floor. There is a microphone and DI for a guitar that we pass around. The in the round portion runs 2-3pm, followed by a different featured performer every week for 30-45 minutes and closing with more in the round performance by the open mic participants until 5PM. This is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Even if you don't play an instrument, listening to the musical camaraderie and great music in a laid back atmosphere. Come join us!

 Aaron with his super cool hat   EVENT

Aaron with his super cool hat

EVENT

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.

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Mondays 

Mushroom Musicians Mondays!

We have new regularly scheduled events on Monday nights! These exciting new performance events feature musical artists from various genres. Our schedule is:
1st Monday of the month: performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event starts at 7pm and runs until 9pm.
2nd Monday of the Month: STORMY MONDAY. Performances by Jazz, Blues, and World Music. 
3rd Monday of the Month: performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event starts at 7pm and runs until 9pm.
4th Monday of the Month: Special kids performance! This is a family-friendly performance of songs and stories by local childrens' entertainers for kids and their caregivers. The event runs 4-5pm. 
(5th) Mondays are performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event will occur from 7-9pm

TUESDAYS

OPEN mIC 

Sign up at 6:30, performances begin at 7 PM. Music, Poetry, Storytelling, comedy, etc. Originals encouraged. All ages and skill levels. This is a "listening" open mic where the performers ARE the attraction, not a side show. Sign ups can be done here or in person. 

  Rick Cande hosts the Tuesday Open Mic every other week. He's one of those human jukebox type guys

Rick Cande hosts the Tuesday Open Mic every other week. He's one of those human jukebox type guys

 Hugh McQueen hosts every other week's Tuesday Open Mic, alternating with Rick.  Yes, he's as cool as he looks!

Hugh McQueen hosts every other week's Tuesday Open Mic, alternating with Rick.

Yes, he's as cool as he looks!

Thursdays

Sing & Jam 

Acoustic Jam with a little electric but let's not go crazy! All ages and skill levels welcome. Rock, blues, bluegrass, anything jammable! Starts at 7 PM.

  Mark Aleo hosts the Acoustic Jam on Thursdays. Here he is with his best friend and a face that says "I've got grit!"     Here is a link to a GIANT selection of songs that many of which we play. There's a HUGE assortment of genres:    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7lPb6qIV4iqamUwYzE3MjM5YjA

Mark Aleo hosts the Acoustic Jam on Thursdays. Here he is with his best friend and a face that says "I've got grit!" 

Here is a link to a GIANT selection of songs that many of which we play. There's a HUGE assortment of genres:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7lPb6qIV4iqamUwYzE3MjM5YjA

FRIDAYS

Featured acts and mushroom musicians presents.

See Calendar for featured acts! This is a listening room where the performers ARE the attraction, not a side show. 

 The Phileep gracing The Hearing Room stage.

The Phileep gracing The Hearing Room stage.

 Mark Abare hosts a monthly Bluegrass Jam. He has a banjo and isn't afraid to use it! 

Mark Abare hosts a monthly Bluegrass Jam. He has a banjo and isn't afraid to use it! 

 Bernadette Colley (last on right) and the Herricanes (No, that's not a typo) offering their sweet voices in song on the Hearing Room stage.

Bernadette Colley (last on right) and the Herricanes (No, that's not a typo) offering their sweet voices in song on the Hearing Room stage.

First fridays - mushroom musicians presents!

Hosted by Aaron Tornberg

Aaron Tornberg has been playing for over 30 years in various venues. His most recent musical excursions brought him to the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, where he placed first in the new songwriting competition, winning for his song "Boston Common Harbor."  He hosts several open mics, a song sharing session at the Hearing Room, and provides artist management and support through his company Mushroom Musicians. 

First Fridays find Aaron booking acts for Songwriters in the Round, co-bills, or showcase evenings. Shows start at 8pm. 

Find his site here

last Fridays - RISA, Mushroom Musicians, and The Hearing Room Team Up!

Presented by Aaron Tornberg/Mushroom Musicians, RISA (Rhode Island Songwriters Association), and The Hearing Room 

The event is the Rhode Island Songwriters Association and Mushroom Musicians Presents - Songwriters in the Round at The Hearing Room - 119 Chelmsford Street, Lowell, MA.  

In lieu of a cover charge, there is a variable suggested donation at the door. Typically $10 is the suggested donation, but the amount is negotiable. The house receives half the amount and the artist receives the rest. 

The Hearing Room is a cooperative whose primary mission is to support local artists and creative expression in all its forms. There is no food service, but a microwave, popcorn machine, refrigerator, coffee pot, tea, and soft drinks are available for use by guests of The Hearing Room. 

There is a small sound board with two speakers and monitors,  and some instruments are available as well. There is a house drum kit, bass, and guitar. 

This event is a performance of three songwriters in the round. This means each musician or artist plays one piece at a time in turn. Each set of all artists performing one song is called a “round.” Typically, there are three to four pieces by each performer, a short break, and then three more rounds after the break. The evening is approximately two hours, but times are flexible. Each RISA Songwriters in the Round Event includes a song prompt. These are chosen by the audience from the previous month’s event. The second round is the round for introducing the new song from the given prompt.

These events are recorded and then posted on the Mushroom Musicians site.   All sound needs are covered by Aaron Tornberg and Mark Abare of The Hearing Room, but if you have special audio needs, feel free to communicate your needs to Aaron directly. There is limited space on stage since we perform with all three performers on stage simultaneously.

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SATURDAYS

 Elliott Frank hosts the Songwriters' Club 

Elliott Frank hosts the Songwriters' Club 

 Wanda, Elliott, Mark and Susie judging at the 1st songwriting contest. Yes, they all got straight A's in school. 

Wanda, Elliott, Mark and Susie judging at the 1st songwriting contest. Yes, they all got straight A's in school. 

SOngWriter's Circle 

This is the place for songwriters! Meet 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 1-4 PM to share your songs with other songwriters in a supportive, informal setting. Get feedback if you want it. 

featured performers

We will have featured performers on Saturday evenings as well as other scheduled events such as Performance Lab and the Legendary Drone Night.

Second Saturday MIND MELD

Hosted by those crazy space rock people who call themselves "Approaching Zero". We're not sure what's going to happen but if a warm hole opens up and you weren't here to witness it than don't say I didn't...what? It's a WORM hole? Now that doesn't sound like any place I wanna be. Nevermind. 

 Space

Space

 Spacey People. 

Spacey People.