Guidelines for Musicians Who Want to Play

  • Solo acts: 2 songs, Duos & Trios: 3 songs, Bands:  4-5 songs. This depends on what’s going on at the moment and how many people are waiting. If no one is waiting, you can play all night. 🙂
  • It’s first-come, first-served.
  • You must write your name on the list with your own hand before 10:00 p.m. to get in the line-up. At least one member of your act must be present to sign up.
  • Sign up on the very next line available. If you’re not ready when it’s your turn, you can wait until you are. Preference is given to early signer uppers.
  • Speed between acts is very important to me. Have your instrument tuned and know what songs you’re going to perform before you walk on stage.
  • Latecomers might get in, but I’m not promising.  If you don’t write your name on the list, even if you are my very best friend, I will probably forget about getting you to the mic.
  • If we get to everyone, we’ll start back at the top of the list and work through it again, so if you want to play more, you can sign up again AFTER you play the first time.
  • If you are able to accompany others or incorporate other musicians into your act, you may be able to play more songs.
  • If you would like the opportunity to work with some other musicians, but you don’t know anyone – let me know, and I’ll do my best to hook you up.
  • If you are a singer, and you need people to play for you, you need to know what key you sing the song in, and we would LOVE IT EVEN MORE if you had charts for everyone IN YOUR KEY.
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Electric Open Mic at the Country Tavern

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by Julie Christine

Sandy Connolly’s popular Open Mic Night events are one-of-a-kind on Connecticut’s shoreline. It’s a bad-ass version of that childhood talent show you always wanted to be in but couldn’t muster up the courage to perform. But no courage is necessary for this gig: One of the many things that sets Sandy’s Open Mic apart from other venues is the supportive environment for both new and experienced musicians of all styles.

Great sound engineering is provided by the ever constant and fabulous donBriggsAUDIO!  He makes sure we all sound the best we can.

Music usually begins at 7:30pm, early enough to come in and grab some decent pub grub at great prices.  The Tavern’s famous 9oz killer, bad-ass burger is only $8.00 and beer is available on tap for $2.50.

If you aren’t a musician, you should come on down anyway! The atmosphere of the tavern and music puts off a fantastic vibe that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else.  You will get the chance to listen (and dance if you wish) to a lot of well-known and up-and-coming musicians all in one evening – in one spot.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Guilford Country Tavern is located at 704 Long Hill Road in Guilford CT
  • Open Mic runs monthly, the last Wednesday of the month
  • Music begins at 7:30pm
  • All types of music and styles are welcome, as well as beginner musicians
  • Bring lots of friends and non-musician types along with you
  • Come hungry for the tavern’s burgers that are legendary
  • For more information about the Tavern, call (203) 453-9205 or visit
  • If you need a little boost of encouragement or more details, Contact Sandy.
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