Get ready to lose those winter blues. Toast & Jam, now in its 14th year, begins on Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. inside The Brickyard Pub and B.B.Q., 432 Center St., Lewiston. This jazz-jammin', blues-rockin', poetry-reading coffeehouse event continues until March 25.
Singer-songwriter Dale Campbell hosts the six-week series of open mic nights, which is open to all singers, musicians, poets, actors, dancers, comics and performance artists. Campbell's calling card boasts a long history of open mics, and he can be heard regularly on WJJL's "Just Me and the Dog" and "Dale Campbell - All About Town."
Performers sign-up as they arrive, and play on a first-come, first-served basis. Most of the people who perform at open mics are not professionals. They do it for fun (and part of the enjoyment for the audience is never knowing what to expect).
"It's a great atmosphere," Campbell said. "By the end of the night, it feels like a sing-along at a friend's house. Some performers are really good, others are just there to have fun. And everyone loves the delicious food they serve at the Brickyard."
Highlights from Toast & Jam are featured throughout the year on Lockport Community TV. Performers are invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy a moment in the spotlight.
Toast & Jam is presented by Lewiston Council on the Arts and sponsored by The Brickyard, LCTV, Cataract Printing, Lewiston Music and Vic's Woodshed Music.
For more information, contact the LCA at 716-754-0166.