The Gift of Open Mic

Living in a community that has a strong and close-knit music tribe is a rare commodity for said fortunateĀ  community. Central Oregon USA has this awe-inspiring gift (asset) built from some of this planet’s most talented musicians and venues that support live music. An evening of live music during a weekly Open Mic Jam is only one testament to the stellar chops that a live music fan will find on Oregon’s High Desert.

Hosted by musician Derek Michael Marc each week local musicians routinely arrive with instruments in tow, add their names to the sign-up sheet Derek provides (as well as all the sound gear) and the therapy by music begins promptly at 6pm. For 3 full hours the musios trade places on stage and perform typically 3 songs each. From solo to duet to 5 or 6 piece jams the audiences are always in line to be entertained and their music intelligence enriched.

Photos only suggest the magic that Open Mic can bring to a community… it depends on the tribe.