On Friday May 20, Hope is Alive! 6 Open Mic will be held at Billy’s Roadside Café in Montgomery Creek. Performance will begin at 6 p.m. People who would like to perform should come to sign up at 5:30.
The theme is Hope Is Alive! The flyer asks, “Has creating music, rhymes or poetry given you light in dark times or shed light on a hidden struggle? Then come celebrate how art heals and promotes understanding.”
The event is free and will feature spoken word, singers, songwriters, dancers, and other performers.
I have been to two of these events and both have been wonderful. The first Intermountain Hope is Alive! event was held at the Rex Club last November 19. The event included talented performances of folk, pop, blues, Christian music, Native American Rap, and original songs. Poets recited powerful, poignant poems. There was also comedy and story-telling, as well as belly dancing and folk-dancing. Sounds like an amazing program, doesn’t it? It was.
Hope is Alive! 5 in Redding held at Lulu’s Café was equally incredible, with a whole new array of positive creativity.
I expect that this event at Billy’s Roadside Café will be another wonderful explosion of heart, talent and creative expression. Billy’s has a long history featuring local Intermountain artists. Billy’s was formerly The Station Café, which hosted concerts, jams, and open mics.
Before that it was the Acorn Café The first venue I performed at in California was the Acorn Café. What a great place for this event! There are wonderful musicians and poets living in Round Mountain. Montgomery Creek, Big Bend, and Oak Run.
I expect to see folks from Redding to McArthur and beyond coming out to share their talent and enjoy the work of others at this event celebrating the healing power of art. As the old song “I Believe in Music” put it,
Music is love and love is music if you know what I mean!
People who believe in music are the happiest people I’ve ever seen.
So mark it on your calendars and come on out for the celebration.
Hope is Alive! open mics are sponsored by Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency in conjunction with the Community Education Committee and community partners and advisory boards. Funding for this event is provided through the Mental Health Services Act. To learn more visit www.standagainststigma.com.