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.
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.
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.
See Calendar for featured acts! This is a listening room where the performers ARE the attraction, not a side show.
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.
MUsic Making For everyone
Offered on select Saturday afternoons from 1 Pm- 3 PM with your host Seamus McLaughlin. This is an intuitive approach to music, not a structured one. Loosen up and play! It's supposed to be fun afterall...Please see the calendar for dates
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.
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 $6 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.
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.
Aaron Tornberg hosts a Sunday acoustic jam every other Sunday from 2-5 pm, with an emphasis on folk music and singing. Aaron is a professional teacher, computer geek, instructional designer, educational technologist, and musician with years of experience managing the little things that musicians need. Besides playing his own music and hosting open mics each week, he loves to work with musicians and help spread their music further.
Great American songbook
John McCarron holds court tickling the ivory playing Jazz and songs from The Great American Songbook among many others. You're invited to come sing, to listen, to bring an instrument and join in! Every Sunday Evening 5p-8:30p