Get ready to lose those winter blues. Toast & Jam, now in its 15th year, begins Monday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., at The Brickyard Pub & B.B.Q, 432 Center St., Lewiston. This jazz-jammin', blues-rockin', poetry-reading coffeehouse event is back by popular demand and continues until March 24.
Singer-songwriter Dale Campbell hosts the six-week series of open mic entertainment, 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 in "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 the love of it. Part of the fun 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.
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.