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Hallsville Chamber of Commerce, Coffee House to host open mic night

By Bridget Ortigo
Feb. 16, 2017 at 4 a.m.

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

Hallsville singers and songwriters will get a chance to show off their talent on Friday 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 in order to kick off what they hope is the beginning of many open mic 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 Wednesday. "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. Friday at the coffee house, located at 706 West Main Street 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."

The coffee house will be serving drinks during the event but Dionisio said if someone is hungry, they will have food items from their menu selection.

Sheffield said so far, four singers are set to perform in varying genres from country to pop to blues to southern rock.

Singers on the list so far are Jon Sego, Brad Smallwood, Greg Carter and Billy Cody.

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 different 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 to sign up at (903) 261-5657 or sign up at the door.

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