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Hallsville chamber to host open mic night

By Bridget Ortigo
Feb. 16, 2017 at 11:56 p.m.

Main Street Coffee House and the Hallsville Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to host the first open mic night on Friday.

HALLSVILLE — Hallsville singers and songwriters will get a chance to show off their talents today during the Hallsville Chamber of Commerce's first Open Mic Night at Main Street Coffee House.

The coffee house and the chamber are teaming up to kick off what they hope is the beginning of many such nights and maybe even a concert series.

"This is a free, family-friendly event to showcase the talent we have right here in Hallsville," Hallsville Chamber of Commerce President Brandon Sheffield said. "Any performer can sign up for the event by calling me or signing up at the door the night of the event."

Open Mic Night is set for 6 to 8 p.m. today at the coffee house at 706 W. Main St. in Hallsville.

"We are excited to host Open Mic Night," Main Street Coffee House owner Traci Dionisio said Wednesday. "We love being a part of our community. We always welcome the opportunity to have local musicians come and perform. It gives them a place to shine and brings new people to our coffee house."

Sheffield said four singers — Jon Sego, Brad Smallwood, Greg Carter and Billy Cody — are set to perform in varying genres from country to pop to blues to Southern rock.

Each performer is allowed to perform three songs.

"Jon works for me, and I play a little myself, so I thought it would be nice to have an event to showcases the talent we have here," Sheffield said. "We have so many talented musicians right here in Hallsville, and this is a cool way to give them exposure. Some of them perform on the radio and in bigger venues in Dallas, and you would never know they were right here in Hallsville."

Sheffield said he hopes to host Open Mic Night at least once a month at venues around town, including the city's new amphitheater at the city park.

"We're hoping this is a spring board to start hosting full blown concerts, maybe a concert series this summer or early fall," he said. "We're going to judge the interest at this first Open Mic Night."

Any performers interested in participating can contact Sheffield at (903) 261-5657 or sign up at the door.

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