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The Groove: Open Mic for Teens

At long last, an open mic just for the young musicians! Every act needs at least one member who is in their teen years. All axes, genres, and skill levels are welcome. Students from any school anywhere are welcome.

This takes place in Crescendo’s very own Loft on the second floor of 5 Old Post Road in Madison, Connecticut. Google Maps will take you right there, but you’ll think you’re in the wrong place as Crescendo Music Loft is in a boatyard on a dead end. It’s the perfect place for teenagers to be in a non-bar environment and to make a lot of noise that’s not going to bother anyone.

Stage lights, full PA, and backline are provided. The backline includes: drum kit, bass amp, Fender Deluxe Hot Rod guitar amp, and a beautiful Yamaha S-90 SE keyboard.

Snacks and beverages available!

Parents, other adults, and more experienced musicians are all encouraged to participate as audience members and performers and pay attention as the younger ones hone their chops. The Shoreline is rich with teenage musicians who mean business, and we hope they will share their music with us at this event.

Guidelines below.


Solo, Duo, & Trio acts: 2 songs, Bands: 3 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.
  • At least one member of your act must be a teenager.
  • You must write your name on the list with your own hand before 8:00 p.m. to get in the line-up. At least one member of your act must be present to sign up. 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.
  • 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. 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 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.
  • If you want to be on the mailing list for this event, write your email address on here in your very best 4th grade handwriting. I promise you will only get Sandy Connolly Open Mic notifications.