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The Music is Back at Sidewalk Cafe. Legendary Open Mic Returns to its Renovated Home August 15
After five months in exile, Sidewalk Cafe's open stage returns to the back room of the newly renovated East Village restaurant. For more than 18 years Sidewalk has hosted what has become a landmark event each Monday, a marathon open stage that has helped propel the careers of many songwriters and performers including Regina Spektor, the Moldy Peaches, Jeffrey Lewis, Diane Cluck and Darwin Deez.
During the restaurant's renovations, that community banded together immediately and continued at an alternate location. But now that the restoration is completed, the Sidewalk's open stage and nightly shows are back in buffed-up new digs. The doors are open for anyone who wants to perform or become part of Sidewalk’s rambling corps of talented and eccentric regulars. The open stage is run by Ben Krieger, who took over for founder Lach in 2008. Sign-up at 7:30 pm, music from 8 pm until everyone has played or the club closes at 4 am.
You can find more about the new stage at the Sidewalk's Sidewalk blog here.
The release also thanked Steve Cannon at the Gathering of the Tribes, where the group held Open Mic nights these previous months. The Gathering of the Tribes could use your support too.