Feature: Cabaret Scenes Magazine
"MAC AWARD WINNER: THE SALON OPEN MIC"
Rob Lester, March 2013
Having won (again!] MAC’S Open Mic Award, The Salon is riding high; Mark Janas, host/house pianist, also won. His “Classical Corner” segments illustrate/de-mystify melodies of guys like Bach, between bouts of Bacharach, Berlin, and the Bergmans by a bevy of vocalists. A truly open open mic, it attracts the divine and the deluded, the meaty and the mediocre, those you’d shower with praise and those who should maybe confine singing to the shower. But the batting average ain’t bad; booked co-hosts/special guest spotlights raise the bar. Recent visits found guest co-hosts bringing their own styles: Stacy Sullivan (interaction warm, like her singing); Jaye Maynard (enthusiastic, hip]; Carly Ozard (burdened with a cold, but full of quick-witted quips].
Sure bets: event producer/powerhouse Tanya Moberly packs slam-dunk vocal punch; David Ballard, doubling as our friendly waiter, shows increasing skills (singing, songwriting). Recent highlights: mirthful Joan Jaffe’s jokey shtick; classy Parker Scott’s soaring tenor; teen Ruby Rakos (Broadway’s Billy Elliot) putting the zing in “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart”; heartfelt musical theater vocalizing (clear-voiced Eva Kantor, Erin Cronican); drop-in songwriters; previews of upcoming cabaret shows. Breaking in material: encouraged. Atmosphere: supportive. Announced themes: always optional, inspiring interesting choices. Newcomers welcome. Try it!
•• May 2005 - The Salon is born at The Algonquin.
•• Aug 2006 - The Salon moves to Rouge Bar
•• Mar 2008 - The Salon moves back to The Algonquin.
•• Nov 2009 - The Salon moves ot its current home, at Etcetera Etcetera Restaurant.
•• Apr 2010 - WINNER! The Salon wins a Bistro Award
•• May 2010 - WINNER! The Salon wins a MAC Award for Best Open Mic.
•• May 2011 - WINNER! The Salon wins its second MAC Award for Best Open Mic.
•• Dec 2011- The Salon/Etc Etc becomes an official MAC cabaret venue, and premieres its new cabaret series, "Salon Presents."
•• Mar 2012 - WINNER!
The Salon wins its third MAC Award for Best Open
•• Mar 2013 - DOUBLE WINNER!
The Salon wins its fourth MAC Award for Best Open
Mic as well as one for Mark Janas as Best Host.
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