Meet three Gladstone musos taking part in open mic night
GLADSTONE's first open mic night will kick off tonight at Lightbox Espresso and Wine Bar.
Organiser Nathan Bedford has had plenty of interest from Gladstone region musicians, and has already locked some in who will take the stage.
Here are three Gladstone musicians who are taking part tonight:
TANNUM Sands man Tom Weber takes any opportunity he can get to play his original music.
He's well known in the Gladstone music scene, but recently he's been taking it further.
Once a month he and Alex Matheson Brown travel to Airlie Beach for a weekend of three shows.
This weekend he'll be heading inland to Longreach for a show.
But he said the open mic night in Gladstone provided a unique opportunity to play his own music.
"As much as I love doing covers, I would like to get my original music career started so this is a really good way to get my originals out there," he said.
"I hope this will get more people involved in the local music scene.
"The crowd is going to be polite and cheer you on just for the fact you're up there," he said.
IT was an open mic night at Blackwater that sparked Chris Schofields's passion for performing more than 20 years ago.
Now he's on the Gladstone live music scene circuit and enjoying
it just as much.
Schofield will be one of the Gladstone musicians who will take the stage at the Lightbox Espresso Bar tonight for the first open mic night.
"I remember I was so nervous," Schofield said.
"But in saying that, I still get nervous.
"But you've just got to remember that even the seasoned professionals still make mistakes.
"It's good fun (performing) and it's a great feeling when people are singing along with you."
Tonight he's planning on playing a couple of covers of contemporary songs.
He has also offered to play guitar for any singers who want some backing music.
ALEX Matheson-Brown will bring his reggae-pop sound to the open mic event in Gladstone tonight.
The young musician, who performs solo and in the bands Strictly Ballroom and The Mangs, said open mic night was a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in music to perform in front of an audience.
"I'm excited to see local musicians come out of the woodwork," he said.
"It would've been great to have this opportunity when I was starting out to perform in front of a crowd.
"It'd be great if everyone just comes down and gives it a crack, even if they just play an instrument or something, it'll be cool to see everyone give it a go."
Matheson-Brown said he has recently been working on more original music and he is keen to test the audience's reaction to his own tunes tonight.