To provide a platform for singers, artists, musicians & writers to hone their craft in a safe, nurturing, non-critical environment.
“Talk of the Town” moves into The Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel with the following cast: Kristin Maloney as Dorothy Parker, Jeffrey Biering as George S. Kaufman, Chris Weikel as Robert Benchley, Rob Seitelman as Alexander Woollcott, Adam MacDonald as Robert Sherwood, Donna Coney Island as Edna Ferber, Stephen Wilde as Marc Connelly with Mark Janas, Music Director/Conductor, on Piano. The cast was so big and the room was so small, that The Algonquin would roll the grand piano out into the lobby and use an upright for the show. I am not sure of the exact date, but one night after the show, Mark Janas sat down at the grand piano in the lobby and played Rhapsody in Blue. Salon was born. One after another, the charter members would sing impromptu numbers, duets, trifectas, what have you. “Talk of the Town”, and the gatherings in the lobby continued through the first week in August of 2006 when the show closed.
August 20, 2006
Mark Janas moves Salon to The Rouge Bar on Bank St. It is the first time it is an independent entity outside of Talk of the Town and The Algonquin Hotel. The newsletter is started and so are the themes. It is now more than just hanging out.
Salon moves back to The Algonquin and continues every Sunday.
Salon adds an additional night of the week (Thursdays) in The Oak Room for the summer. We have half of the room and horrific general lighting. The Salons are 5 hours long! 5-10pm with drink specials from The Blue Bar. Jen Wren produced a bunch of these with guest pianists like Bill Zeffiro, with Raissa and Peter as guest producers, while Mark was in Hawaii.
Peter Napolitano becomes Executive Producer and introduced the idea of co-hosts, to bring greater visibility to The Salon. We also stepped up our technical efforts for the show. First, Joan Jaffe provided an amp & mic stand, with a professional mic on loan from board member, Raissa Katona Bennett. But to our surprise (and great fortune) an anonymous donor gave us a brand new $1200 sound system.
Tanya Moberly becomes the first Gonkette. (By June 2009, there are at least a dozen Gonkettes.)
In addition to the now explosive, wildly successful Sundays, The Gonk approaches Mark & Peter about doing a Summer Oak Room Series, but this time “for real” with lights and sound and reservations, etc. The boys agree – Mark on the condition that we now get to roll the grand piano out into the lobby for Sundays. Tanya joins them as Associate Producer. The Oak Room Series had Co-Hosts, Special Guests and The Advisor’s Spotlight (the advisor being Roy Sander). Despite the fact that The Summer Oak Room Series was also wildly successful, The Gonk (Gary Budge) wanted us to cancel it half way through, but because we had full bookings and were there by their original request, we played out the summer. The team was denied payment, so The Salon started to search for new digs.
September 15, 2009
Adam Shapiro was all set to Co-Host. Cabaret legend Richard Skipper arrived to experience Salon for the first time. As Mark Janas walked in to set up, the management refused to roll the grand piano out into the lobby, which was the final straw. Richard Skipper helped him into a cab with all of our sound equipment and it was goodbye to The Gonk.
After a brief hiatus, Salon moves to Etcetera, Etcetera. Peter departs for other ventures and Tanya becomes Executive Producer. Classical Corner is added.
Mark Janas receives a special Bistro Award for creating Salon. Adam McDonald and Chris Weikel performed “I Can See It” with Mark at The Awards Ceremony.
Mark, Peter & Tanya receive the MAC Award for best open mic for The Algonquin Salon, The Oak Room Salon & The Salon at Etc Etc.
Mark & Tanya win the MAC Award for open mic for the second year in a row.
December 18, 2011
Julie Reyburn debuts as the first cabaret artist in the Salon Presents series at Etcetera, Etcetera with shows at 7 & 9:15.
Mark & Tanya win the MAC Award for open mic for the third year in a row.
Salon wins the MAC Award for Open Mic for the fourth year in a row.
Salon wins the MAC Award for Best Recurring Series.
What is The Salon?
Salon is an ongoing open entertainment event in which singers, writers and musicians share their talent with each other and audience members.
How much does it cost to attend?
There is a $10 cash cover collected at the door and a $15 food/drink minimum (cash or credit) per person. (For more information about Etcetera, Etcetera’s delicious menu, visit www.etcetcnyc.com. Note: A 20% gratuity is added to all checks.)
How do we secure our seat at The Salon?
There are no reservations; seating is on a first come/first served basis, Doors open and sign up begins at 6:15pm.
How is the evening structured?
The evening runs 7pm-10:30pm, with one intermission around 8:30pm.
I’m a performer – how do I sign up?
If you would like to sign up to perform, see one the evening’s ‘Etceterettes’ to fill out a card with: your name, the name of your song, whether or not Mark will be playing for you and any upcoming events you’d like to promote. We do not present performers in order of sign-up, however, indicating requests as clearly and as early as possible as far as time restraints are concerned always makes everything much more possible.
What kind of material should I bring?
ALWAYS BRING SEVERAL SONG SELECTIONS to avoid duplication. All types of material, on or off theme are always welcome at Salon. We enthusiastically welcome instrumentalists, poets, playwrights, essayists, comics, illusionists and performance artists. Please limit your selections to three or four minutes in length (including introductions). Please also bring clear, complete charts for Mark to read.
Any other rules I should know about?
Sitting on the piano is not allowed, nor is flash photography. Please turn off all noise making devices and give performers your undivided attention.