Open mic night back again

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Bambino’s Neighbourhood Pub will once again welcome local musicians to share their talent on stage during an open mic night July 17.

Open mic night at Bambino’s once connected a growing musical scene in Airdrie every Monday night but was eventually dropped after former host Steve Jevne left for Australia at the start of 2017.

Returning to Canada in May, he said the stories of former open mic frequenters has driven a desire to see if a “one-off” event can garner enough steam to turn it into a weekly gathering.

“Talking to everybody who used to come to it a lot, they’re getting excited about what is coming up next week,” Jevne said. “(Open mic night) was kind of their hub. They looked forward to it the whole week. It’s nice to bring that back.

“If it’s a good night, then we will keep going.”

The open mic night event kicks off at Bambino’s at 7 p.m. He said the format would be two to four songs per musician, depending on time with performances running on a first come, first served basis.

“If you want to play, I’d suggest getting there early,” Jevne said.

The open mic setting is one he encourages all musicians of any level or aspiration to try out.

Working hard to make a performance sound good is one thing, but exposing it to the world by bringing it to the stage is another level for any musician, Jevne said.

“You can see their whole personality and lives change as their confidence boosts,” he said. “It’s a cool thing to watch in general.”

While in Australia, Jevne said he didn’t fully immerse himself in the musical scene but hopes to get back into it in Canada. That starts with an evening set of cover songs from him July 15 at Bambino’s starting at 8 p.m.

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